OSHA has updated its blog with a new post on protecting employees from Zika virus exposure. Citing its interim guidance and updated CDC information about the potential health effects and reproductive outcomes associates with Zika infection, it is worth reviewing the resources cited in the post to ensure your workers are protected.
OSHA mentions a number of tips for preventing Zika infection, including:
- When working outdoors, wear clothing that covers the hands, arms, legs, and other exposed skin. Wear a hat with mosquito netting to protect the face and neck. Lightweight, loose-fitting clothing may be best in warm weather to help avoid heat illness.
- Use insect repellent with an EPA-registered active ingredient, and always follow label precautions and manufacturer instructions for use.
- Get rid of sources of standing water (tires, buckets, cans, bottles, barrels) whenever possible to reduce or eliminate mosquito breeding areas.
- Talk to your supervisor(s) about any outdoor work assignment(s) if you are or your sexual partner is pregnant or may become pregnant. Such workers should be familiar with CDC information on Zika virus and pregnancy.
Read the full post here.