WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued fact sheets designed to help employers and workers promote safety during the current H1N1 influenza outbreak.
The fact sheets include information on ways to reduce the risk of exposure to the H1N1 virus in the workplace. OSHA also offers additional fact sheets for healthcare workers and others who carry out tasks that require close contact with H1N1 patients, including hospital laundry workers.
“Protecting our nation’s workers is OSHA’s top priority,” says Jordan Barab, OSHA’s acting assistant secretary. “These fact sheets are tools we have developed to help ensure America’s workers stay healthy and our businesses remain viable. OSHA’s new fact sheets will help all employers identify appropriate actions to protect their workers.”
As new information about the H1N1 virus becomes available, OSHA will update the fact sheets at its website here.