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ASSE Chesapeake Chapter Meeting
August 26, 2009

H1N1 Influenza Outbreak Plans
Dr. Clifford Mitchell

The presentation by Dr. Clifford Mitchell, Director of the Environmental Health Coordinator
Program at the Maryland Department of Helath and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) was informative and
timely.

The focus is on delaying the peak of infection. The peak needs to be delayed to give time for the
vaccine to be developed and deployed in October 2009.

Large employers and occupational medical centers are strongly encouraged to register with the
State to become a vaccine adminsitration site:
www.dhmh.state.md.us/swineflu/h1n1registration.html

OSHA has provided some guide lines on how to handle this flu:
www.osha.gov/dsg/topics/pandemicflu/index.html

The Center for Disease Control and Prevetion has provide good information on flu:
www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/covercough.htm

How Influenza Can Spread Between People

Influenza is thought to be primarily spread through large droplets (droplet transmission) that directly contact the nose, mouth or eyes. These
droplets are produced when infected people cough, sneeze or talk, sending the relatively large infectious droplets and very small sprays
(aerosols) into the nearby air and into contact with other people. Large droplets can only travel a limited range; therefore, people should limit
close contact (within 6 feet) with others when possible. To a lesser degree, human influenza is spread by touching objects contaminated with
influenza viruses and then transferring the infected material from the hands to the nose, mouth or eyes. Influenza may also be spread by very
small infectious particles (aerosols) traveling in the air. The contribution of each route of exposure to influenza transmission is uncertain at this
time and may vary based upon the characteristics of the influenza strain. (from OSHA.gov)

Simple actions can be taken to reduce the likelihood of infection in the workplace. If you need assistance customizing a strategy or developing a
Continuing Of Operations Plan (COOP), contact Joe Xavier: joe.xavier@summitsustainabilitysolutions.com

For a free poster from the CDC click here.