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Health Training Guide

Safety and Mitigation Information for your Workforce or Organization to help keep it Operational

In 2011,the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports in their preliminary data, an increase of 7% increase in deaths directly correlating to influenza and pneumonia from 2010. With influenza and pneumonia ranking as the 8th leading cause of death in the United States, and the number increasing with every year, it is essential that every precaution be taken for the prevention for the virus.

Top 10 Causes of Death in the United States (*rates based on per 100,000 population)

1. Heart disease- 596,339
2. Malignant neoplasms (cancer)- 575,313
3. Respiratory disease- 143,382
4. Cerebrovascular disease-128,931
5. Accidents- 122,777
o Motor vehicle- 34,676
o All other accidents- 88,101
6. Alzheimer’s disease- 84,691
7. Diabetes mellitus- 73,282
8. Influenza and pneumonia- 53,667
9. Nephritis, nephritic syndrome and nephrosis- 45,731
10. Intentional self-harm (suicide)- 38,285

It is imperative to maintain strict rules to ensure everyone’s health safety. Most workplace heath conditions are regulated by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure occupational safety. Universal precautions are recognized by the United States Department of Labor as the standard of care in minimizing the spread of infections with regard to blood and body fluids. With the spread of HIV/ AIDS, MRSA, H1N1, and other easily transmitted diseases, it is in the employer and employee’s best interest to follow these precautions. Basic actions such as covering your cough and washing your hands can literally save a life. These precautions provide safeguards for many employment settings;however, employers may choose to go beyond what is through additional training.

Additional Resources
• The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
• Information for Employers Complying with OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.
• OSHA or OSHA-approved stated plans.

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