As every year, flu infections are rampant until the beginning of May – also among employees. This year, the wave is picking up speed as the number of infections is rising significantly. Sensitised by the recent outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus, which belongs to the same virus family as the influenza virus, uncertainty is increasing among employees. Comprehensive health protection measures are needed not only to meet the concerns of staff, but also to ensure business continuity. But which obligations does the legislator place on companies and their managers? And which specific measures should be taken?
Employer's duty: Protect your staff from health risks at the workplace
On the basis of the Social Security Code, the Occupational Safety Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act with associated ordinances put the employer in charge in order to protect the health and safety of its employees. Numerous measures have proven effective in actively mitigating the risk of a flu epidemic. In addition to practical instructions on daily hygiene, some basic equipment in the operating environment includes devices such as for alcohol-based hand disinfectants. However, comprehensive plans and processes must be established as part of emergency preparedness to ensure that in the event of an influenza wave within the company, the health of those affected can be protected to the extent possible, and further spread can be contained.
Professional training raises awareness and thus safeguards employees and the company
Sensitize your staff to the importance of health protection at work: With professional training, you can convey important basics and give practical instructions for correct behaviour. Point out the health risks in the working environment and give valuable recommendations on how your employees can protect themselves effectively. Security Island supports you in this: Our e-learnings on the topic of "Occupational Safety" are designed to be interactive and thus to actively involve the training participants. All modules can be easily booked for any number of participants and either accessed via the mybreev Online Academy or integrated into your own LMS. With Security Island you create a solid basis for your occupational health management – a valuable plus in health protection at work.