Playing It Safe – Hotel

Stay healthy during flu season

During flu season, influenza is a serious concern in the workplace. You work closely and come in direct contact with others frequently, which means germs and bacteria can spread easily from person to person. If you work with patrons on a regular basis, your job is even more hazardous during a flu outbreak as they may not observe the same hygienic practices as our employees.

The best strategy for reducing your risk of becoming ill with a virus is to avoid crowded settings and other situations whenever possible. If you must work in a crowded setting and other situations whenever possible. If you must work in a crowded environment, minimize your time there and observe good hygiene and distancing precautions, such as the following:

  • Stay home from work when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not available).
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Then dispose of the tissue in a no-touch trash bin.
  • Wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • Avoid close contact with coworkers and customers (stay six feet away whenever possible).
  • Avoid shaking hands and always wash your hands after physical contact with others.
  • Keep frequently touched surfaces (telephones, computer keyboards, countertops, doorknobs, etc.) clean.
  • If you need to wear gloves, wash your hands after removing them.
  • Try not to use other workers’ supplies, phones, computers, tools, etc.
  • Minimize group meetings when possible – use e-mail, phones and text messaging instead. If meetings are unavoidable, avoid close contact with others and ensure that the meeting rooms are properly ventilated.
  • Limited unnecessary visitors in the workplace.

If you spot an unhealthy situation, or notice that an area is out of soap, sanitizer or tissues, alert your supervisors. ​