Respiratory Protection: OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for an Influenza

Respiratory Protection: OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for an Influenza Breakout

Reprinted with permission from Sperian

Summary—OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for an Influenza Breakout
The bulletin is a summary prepared by Survivair/Willson of the OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for an Influenza Breakout as stated by OSHA. The information contained in this brief is meant to be a summary and is not intended to be comprehensive or take the place of the OSHA guidance document. Please read the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Guide guidance document. for a complete understanding. This document can be found at http://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3327pandemic.pdf.

Introduction
A pandemic is a global disease outbreak. An influenza pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus emerges for which there is little or no immunity in the human population, begins to cause serious illness and then spreads easily person-to-person worldwide. A worldwide influenza pandemic could have a major effect on the global economy, including travel, trade, tourism, food, consumption and eventually, investment and financial markets. Planning for pandemic influenza by business and industry is essential to minimize a pandemic

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