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Workplace Safety and the Flu

This article includes information for workers and employers about reducing the spread of seasonal flu in workplaces. It provides information on the basic precautions to be used in all workplaces and the additional precautions that should be used in healthcare settings. Healthcare workers in contact with flu exposed patients are at higher risk for exposure to the flu virus and additional precautions are needed. Although the flu vaccine’s effectiveness varies from year to year, it can be lifesaving for those at increased risk.  The flu vaccine can:

§  keep you from getting flu,

§  make the flu less severe if you do get it, and

§  keep you from spreading flu to your co-workers, family, and other people.

Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated guidance for protecting individuals from seasonal flu.  Refer to this page for updates on the most recent seasonal flu vaccine. Each year the vaccine is revised to protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common this season.

Pandemic flu remains a concern for employers and workers. A pandemic can occur at any time and can be mild, moderate, or severe. Although the pandemic H1N1 flu in 2009 was considered by CDC to be mild, it created significant challenges for employers and workers and showed that many workplaces were not prepared. The precautions identified in the resources below give a baseline for infection controls during a seasonal flu outbreak, but may not be enough to protect workers during a pandemic. For additional information on pandemic flu planning, see the OSHA’s Safety and Health Topics page: Pandemic Influenza.


Engage Your Worker in Safety

Workers are most engaged in safety and health programs when they have a personal connection to safety. The Making Safety Personal resource encourages workers and managers to think about why workplace safety matters in their lives. The American Society of Safety Professionals’ free, on-demand webinar, “How to Design and Hold Great Safety Meetings,” presents ways to make safety meetings more engaging.


Protecting Temporary Agency Employees

Temporary agency employees work for a “host employer” but are on the payroll of a “primary employer.” A primary employer can be either:

        1. A temporary (temp) agency that hires workers and sends them to work for a host employer, or 

        2. A professional employer organization (PEO) that puts a host employer’s employees on the PEO’s payroll as its own employees.

In these dual-employer situations, both the primary employer and the host employer must protect employees from safety and health hazards and comply with Cal/OSHA regulations.

The primary employer issues the employee’s paycheck, administers workers’ compensation insurance, and may maintain hiring and firing authority. The host employer (also called the “secondary employer”) contracts for the worker’s services and supervise the employee at the host employer’s worksite.

For more information see Cal/OSHA's fact sheet.


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Montgomery Investigations is a Veteran Owned Small Business specializing in environmental health and safety training and consultative services.  In addition, as a California licensed private investigation firm, we are able to provide workplace (industrial) accident investigation, pre-employment background checks, e-verify and workers' compensation abuse and fraud investigative services. 

Montgomery Investigations was formed to provide a unique set of training and consultation services.  Over the past several decades, the proliferation of environmental and safety regulations has created a daunting task for businesses to keep abreast of them, let alone keep in compliance with them.  We provide the expertise to assist your company with its compliance efforts, so you can focus on your business' primary functions.

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Montgomery Investigations operates in a wide variety of roles across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.  We are widely acknowledged for our understanding and awareness of the unique characteristics and challenges facing each of these sectors.

Montgomery Investigations' professional qualification provides a comprehensive foundation of knowledge, understanding and skills that add up to a highly valuable resource for any organization.  The commitment of our staff to continuing professional development is an integral component of our organization's professional qualifications.

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