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Communicable Diseases (Colds & Flu)


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Limit your vulnerability and losses from predictable events. Grainger offers the products and service you need to help you prepare for, respond to and recover from hazards, including communicable diseases such as colds and flu.


Most experts believe that seasonal colds and flu are spread when droplets from ill people land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby through coughing, sneezing or simply talking. They may also spread by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, eyes or nose.


Prevention is always the best and most important action action to take. For detailed recommendations, visit CDC sites for Common Cold and Flu.

Preventing Colds and Flu



Prevention Tips

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water
  • Use alcohol-based hand cleaners if soap and water are not available
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues, and dispose of tissues promptly
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • If you get sick, stay home and limit contact with others

Source: CDC

If a Cold or Flu Outbreak Occurs



Response Tips

  • To help prevent the spread of cold and flu viruses, keep surfaces clean by wiping them with a disinfectant.
  • Help destroy the flu virus with heat (167-212°F [75-100°C]).

Source: CDC

Pandemic Diseases

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) defines a pandemic as a global disease outbreak. The CDC classifies a flu pandemic as an outbreak of a new influenza virus that humans have little or no immunity to and that has no vaccine. This virus causes serious illness and can spread globally.

Avian Flu Protection

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published "Guidance for Protecting Workers Against Avian Flu." This document provides background information on the disease and offers recommendations for employees or individuals who could potentially be exposed to avian flu. Learn more about avian flu with these articles and resource links.

H1N1 Protection

The CDC recommends that employers develop pandemic influenza response plans in the event of a serious outbreak of influenza. Learn more about H1N1 with these articles and resource links.

Preventing the Avian and H1N1 Viruses

Grainger has a variety of products to help prevent the spread of the Avian and H1N1 viruses around your workplace.


West Nile Virus Protection

With the warmer temperatures come those pesky mosquitoes. Grainger has put together fast facts about the West Nile Virus, plus an assembled list of preventative products that could help you or your workers if your exposure risk is high.

Preventing the West Nile Virus

Grainger offers several DEET products and other insect protection to help keep the mosquitoes away.


Avian Flu Articles, Links and Info