Now that Florida has been hit with the Zika virus, Zika has become more of a concern for U.S. employers. There is no reason to believe that the virus cannot spread to other states.
Employers should do everything they can to protect workers who are exposed to mosquitoes or the bodily fluids of those infected with Zika. OHSA has created a Fact Sheet and Quick Card to help employers understand how they can help prevent the spread of the virus. (Keep in mind this is not a standard or regulation and does not imply a legal obligation — it’s simply intended to help those who want to help prevent the spread of this serious virus and protect their workers from it.)
Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus
The Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus Fact Sheet explains what Zika is, its symptoms, and how it spreads. The sheet also explains how it can be controlled and prevented, and offers recommended actions for both employers and workers. It also lists additional resources for those who want to learn more. You can view the Fact Sheet here.
Zika Virus Protection for Outdoor Workers
The Zika Virus Protection for Outdoor Workers Quick Card offers a short summary of the key essentials that employers can post for workers to be reminded of. It covers signs and symptoms and features a bullet-point list of things workers can do to protect themselves. You can view the Quick Card here.
Visit the CDC’s Areas with Zika to learn where there is current transmission.