A Note From the Director

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Dear Reader,

The evolving Coronavirus outbreak first identified in Wuhan City, China has made its way to parts of the United States. The novel virus has officially been declared as a public health emergency by the presidential administration. Currently, transmission has been reported in 6 US States. Sustained human to human interaction seems to be the mode of transmission, and most of America’s workers are at low potential risk for infection or exposure to the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Healthcare workers should be especially careful as workers in this field are most susceptible to interacting with those who have confirmed cases of the virus and in turn are infected themselves. Transmission of the virus happens through the dispersal of respiratory secretions; coughing or sneezing. Close contact is considered to be within 6 feet of the infected person.

Maintaining a healthy work environment is especially important during this time. OSHA Standards require that employers assess and limit worker exposure to hazards that may be encountered at the worksite. When assessing the potential hazards and risks that employees will be exposed to, employers should place an emphasis on potential Coronavirus exposure. Here are some general measures to limit the chance of infection:

  • Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable at a work site, using alcoholic based rubs will work.
  • Try to avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • If you think you are having symptoms, seek and consult your doctor.

For more information please see the CDC website linked.