Preventing Illness at the Office

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Employee safety is City Personnel’s #1 priority. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to germs. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.


  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.


  • Stay home when you are sick.


  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.


  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.


  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.


  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well to wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases.



  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.


  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Print these free downloadables to use in your office

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

There are several everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. Our RI staffing firm has taken steps to reduce the risk of disease in the workplace, including restricting hand-shaking with candidates and clients.



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