Communicable diseases

A communicable disease is a contagious one. The effect is external. If someone catches the illness, they can get sick and spread the pathogen, be it a cold, virus, or some other disease-causing agent, onto the next person

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The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is the global Chartered body for safety and health professionals in the workplace.

In the event of viral outbreaks such as the recent coronavirus (COVID-19), occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals and IOSH members are well-equipped to support workplace preparedness and emergency planning.

By communicating openly with staff, deploying the right control measures and making the proportionate adaptations to businesses, the impact of viral outbreaks can remain low.

As well as the UK Governments action plan and guidance the following has been developed to give employers advice on how they should respond to the threat and support employees.

This includes how to take preventative measures, emergency planning advice for businesses, ways of protecting employees who are travelling for work, as well as useful external resources.

As well as preventing the spread of COVID-19, control measures have many additional benefits including improved hygiene and reducing the risk of other diseases like colds, flu and stomach bugs.

Coronavirus

In the event of viral outbreaks such as the recent coronavirus (COVID-19), occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals and IOSH members are well-equipped to support workplace preparedness and emergency planning.

Useful resources