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Communicable Diseases


From colds and flu to pandemic events, Grainger can help you prepare for and manage the spread of communicable diseases. Prevention is at the center of any effective plan to help keep people healthy and safe. You’ll find the products and information you need to deal with the threat of communicable diseases here.

• 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
• 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])
• 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 new type of virus has the potential to cause serious
illness and spread globally

Avian Bird Flu
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.

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.

Ebola Virus Protection
Grainger has created Quick Tips Document #391 to give you more information about the Ebola virus. Also the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has consolidated a list of Guidelines and Informational sheets to protect healthcare workers from exposure to Ebola.

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