Employers have a duty to protect workers from not only injuries but also infectious illnesses. Some illnesses, such as seasonal colds and flu, pose a risk in all workplaces and can be addressed via general hygiene policies. But more serious illnesses like pandemic influenza, SARS, hepatitis b, etc. call for implementation of a full-blown exposure control plan. We’ve created the following Model, which is based on a template created by WorkSafeBC for avian influenza within the poultry industry, to make it more generic and thus adaptable by any industry for any infectious illness that may raise to the pandemic or outbreak level.
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