The flu season is upon us. Illness in the workplace can cause major problems—missed deadlines, lost productivity, and therefore lost profit. When at work, we are in close proximity with our co-workers which encourages the spread of germs. Employers play an important role in preventing the spread of illness and ensuring employees stay healthy and productive. Here are a few tips to avoid an illness epidemic at your workplace:
- Handwashing. It seems elementary, but proper handwashing is the easiest way to prevent the spread of germs. The best practice is to scrub hands under water for 20 seconds. Post signage and reminders for employees to regularly wash their hands.
- Sanitizing. Hand sanitizer is a great alternative when hand washing isn’t available. Encourage employees to regularly utilize hand sanitizer, especially when leaving a work space. Provide sanitizers all throughout the workplace for easy accessibility and usage.
- Supplies. Make sure the workplace is stocked with sanitizers, paper towels, tissues, soap, and wipes. Our desks are some of the dirtiest places in the workplace. Make sure employees are equipped with the necessary cleaning supplies to wipe down their desk, keyboard, phone, and work surface. Discourage sharing of office supplies and pens during flu season.
- Sick Day Policy. Make sure employees are aware of the company sick day policy. If a sick employee comes to work, the spread of germs can be rampant. Encourage employees to stay home if they are sick. Employees may be hesitant to stay home because they need to get work done. Providing the option for ill employees to work from home can help to prevent the hesitation to stay home.
- Plan Ahead. Anticipate that sick days will happen. In order to plan ahead, cross-train employees to be able to cover for each other if someone is at home sick. Encourage employees who feel themselves getting sick to avoid close contact with others in break rooms or meetings.
- Flu Shot. Offer on-site flu vaccinations or provide information on community flu shot locations to encourage employees to prevent the flu at the beginning of the season.
There are many free materials available to educate employees on the dangers of workplace illness. Preventing an outbreak is much easier than reacting to one. The CDC offers great materials to print and distribute throughout the workplace. Download here: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/resource-center/freeresources/print/print-businesses.htm.
Did you know that hearing loss is the third most common chronic health condition in the United States? Almost twice as many people report hearing loss as report diabetes or cancer. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for hearing loss—Damaged inner ear cells do not grow back. Take care of your hearing by protecting your ears from permanent damage. Always wear hearing protection when around sounds louder than 85 dB for an extended period of time. Hearing loss can affect your safety on the job, and decrease your quality of life.
From disposable and reusable earplugs, to semi-aural hearing protection and earmuffs—we have what you need to protect your hearing, and if you already have hearing loss, take steps to keep it from getting worse.
Nelson-Jameson also offers a wide variety of products available for personnel protection. Ask about our eye, head and face, and respiratory products. We also feature ergonomic products to help support your back, wrists, elbows, knees and ankles.
Contact us today to discuss what products we carry to help keep your plant’s workforce healthy and productive.
The need to be seen is critical for employee safety, especially for those who work around moving vehicles and equipment. This is why we have a wide range of high-visibility apparel that meets the ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 Standard.
Take a look at our high-visibility products here!
The ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 standard provides a uniform, authoritative guide for the design, performance specifications, and use of high-visibility and reflective apparel, including safety vests, shirts, pants, and outerwear. The standard breaks down high-visibility apparel into Types and Performance Classes. The environment in which the worker is wearing the garment dictates the type selected, while the performance classes provide a range of design options that correspond with the level of risk, and the certified high-visibility material and certified reflective tape needs of the wearer. To learn more about the breakdown of Types and Performance Classes, review the chart on our Learning Center.
Interested in additional products to keep employees safe?
Request a copy of our Safety & PPE Catalog, which features a complete line of personal protective equipment and facility safety products for the food industry.
Nelson-Jameson has expanded their color-coded program once again with the release of their 2019 Color-Coded Catalog. This year’s catalog has grown to 56 pages of products that help to prevent allergen migration and cross-contamination. From the lab to the processing line, Nelson-Jameson has the color-coded products you need to produce safe, quality food.
In addition to having the most extensive color-coded program in the industry, we also have the most color options! Nelson-Jameson is now proud to offer gray, brown and lime products from Remco/Vikan® to help meet all your color-coded needs. The expanded catalog also includes new items like Color-Coded Cable Ties, Flagged Angle Brooms, Nylon Scrapers and more!
For more information or to request a catalog, visit nelsonjameson.com.