Has the CDC given guidelines for dealing with Novel H1N1 flu in the workplace?
Yes, a very comprehensive set of guides for different scenarios in the workplace to prevent the spread of Influenza A, Novel H1N1 (formerly Swine Flu) was released May 30, 2009 by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A link to this information is provided below in the related links section. The information is prefaced by this statement from CDC:
Businesses and employers, in general, play a key role in protecting employees' health and safety, as well as in limiting the negative impact of the outbreak on the individual, the community, and the nation's economy. This interim guidance is meant to inform and educate management, unions, and employees about appropriate precautions and work practices to minimize the risk of potential employee exposure, illness, and the spread of novel influenza A (H1N1) flu in the workplace through general prevention and preparedness strategies and in the event that a worker becomes ill. The guide includes sections on:
* Prevention of Illness in Well Employees * Management of Employee Exposure in the Workplace after a Confirmed Case * How Businesses Can Respond to the Impact on their Operations and Employees
It includes a link to a joint informational publication from the US Government Department of Labor and the US Department of Health and Human Services for OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). The publication is titled, Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for an Influenza Pandemic. See link in related links section below.