During the cold and flu season, being diligent about keeping up with hand hygiene can be essential to stopping the spread of these nasty viruses, keeping yourself and your family healthy and reducing the chances that you will miss work due to illness. The following are some key hand hygiene tips to keep in mind this winter season. Consider sharing these with co-workers and family members to promote awareness and hopefully do your part to reduce the spread of the flu this year.
- Wash your hands frequently – While it’s best to wash your hands with soap and water after you come into contact with others, using an alcohol-based sanitizer is also a good idea. If possible, try to wash or sanitize your hands after shaking others’ hands, touching frequently used door knobs and/or after using commonly shared tools or equipment.
- Keep hand sanitizer in your purse/desk/car – To encourage yourself and others to use hand sanitizer more frequently (and in places where you are not necessarily able to immediately wash your hands), consider keeping small bottles of hand sanitizer in places like your office desk, your vehicle and/or your purse.
- Avoid touching your face – Some studies suggest that, on average, people touch their faces between 15 and 20 times every hour. While much of this facial touching happens unconsciously (i.e., we do it without even realize that we are touching our faces), do your best during cold and flu season to avoid or minimize facial touching – especially if you are in public places where the spread of the virus is far more common.
- Wear gloves (when appropriate) – If you work in the medical industry, food service industry or certain other industries, you should always be wearing gloves when coming into contact with certain products, individuals or equipment. However, even if you don’t work in these industries, you may want to consider wearing gloves to prevent possible pathogens from coming into contact with your skin and getting you sick.
Colorado Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
If you have sustained a workplace injury and are considering (or in the process of) filing a workers’ compensation claim, you cannot rely upon your employer or insurance companies to look out for your best interests. In fact, both your employer and insurance companies will be more focused on their own bottom lines instead of your current and future wellbeing. This can make the system adversarial for injured workers and potentially even put them in situations in which their legitimate workers’ compensation claims are undercut or even flat-out denied.
In such cases, it’s essential that injured workers contact the Colorado workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Office of Michael P. Dominick. Our legal professionals are experienced at going up against corporate lawyers and insurance companies, and we have a proven track record of success when it comes to securing our Clients the maximum possible compensation for their injuries and financial losses. For a thorough evaluation of your case, along with expert advice on the best manner in which to move forward, call us at (303) 447-2644.