Infectious diseases - main content
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- As a Worker
- As an Employer
- Control measures that can reduce the risk of respiratory infectious disease transmission
- Staying home when sick
- Proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
- Communication, awareness, and training
- Cleaning and disinfecting
- Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Common Respiratory Infectious Disease Symptoms and Contagious Periods
This tip sheet provides information on personal protective measures and workplace health and safety control measures to protect against respiratory infectious diseases. It can help employers develop policies and procedures to protect workers and others from the spread of these diseases. It also provides guidance on how workers can protect themselves. The recommendations in this document are broad and should be tailored to each workplace.
Always follow current guidance from local public health and government authorities about recommended protective measures.
Control measures that can reduce the risk of respiratory infectious disease transmission
No single control measure is 100% effective. A layered approach that combines public health measures and workplace health and safety controls provides the strongest protection against exposure to respiratory infectious diseases. With each added layer of control, the risk of exposure is lowered. Below is a summary of control measures, with added links to more in-depth guidance documents.