WIT – Workplace Infection Training
This course helps employers to provide a safe and healthy work environment for their employees and minimize the possibility of employee exposure to Infectious Disease & Communicable Diseases.
The objective of this course is to provide the workplace with prevention and control measures that will assist in protecting employees from anticipated occupational exposure to infectious diseases in the workplace.
Most people generally have a low risk of contracting a serious infectious disease in the course of their everyday life. It is recognized that employees in many occupations have an increased risk of contracting an infectious disease as a result of various risk factors while at work or because of the nature of the job duties or work environment.
Infection prevention and control is not a stand alone program. It is just one segment of a ministry’s Occupational Health and Safety Program. Policies and procedures relating to infection control should be consistent with the rest of the ministry’s Occupational Health and Safety Program.
COVID-19, also known as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, is a highly contagious and potentially fatal disease. It is spread between humans primarily through close contact. The virus is transmitted via respiratory droplets that can be spread through coughing, sneezing, and even close conversation.
It is also possible to become infected with COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your face, though it is less common to be infected this way.
It is thought that the virus can survive up to 72 hours on plastic and stainless steel surfaces, less than 4 hours on copper, and less than 24 hours on cardboard. Most common household disinfectants are effective in killing the virus.
It’s The Law
Employers are responsible for making sure their workplace is as safe and responsive as it can be during a pandemic.
That means working with your employees to follow personal safety protocols including social distancing, working from home when necessary, and maintaining a clean workplace.
The consequences of not training can be catastrophic. They include illness and injury not just to yourself, but others, as well as the potential for property damage or loss.
Awareness & Identification
General awareness and education is essential for assisting employees to understand potential exposure to infectious diseases, how they are transmitted, and know what to do if an accidental exposure does occur in the workplace.
Viruses represent a major challenge and substantial change for people everywhere. Routines and information will likely continue to evolve over time as the world learns more about the virus and how to control it.
It’s important to follow the guidelines set out generally by your local health authority and specifically by your workplace. As things change, stay current with best practices to keep yourself and the people around you as safe as they can be from the virus.
In order to ensure your training is as effective as possible, combine eWorkplace Training’s online training resource with workplace-specific instruction.
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