H1N1 (Swine) Flu Emergency Preparedness
What role should I play to help prevent and/or contain an outbreak of the H1N1 flu?
Your assistance in preventing and/or containing an outbreak of H1N1 is critical. First, educate yourself about the H1N1 flu to be prepared to accurately answer faculty and staff questions by reviewing the information on the RIT website, http://www.emergency.rit.edu/. Second, take active steps to remind members of your department about the basic preventative measures (frequent hand washing, covering your nose and mouth with your sleeve if you cough or sneeze, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands), refer individuals to information available on RIT’s H1N1 website, and post any print materials provided to you throughout your work areas.
I have an employee who is ill with flu-like symptoms and has come into work. I’m concerned about the potential for exposure to other people. Can I send this employee home?
Yes. The decision to send an employee home who is exhibiting flu-like symptoms is to be made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with your Human Resources Services Manager. Of greatest concern is an individual who appears to have a fever greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or chills and has a cough or sore throat. Additional symptoms may include a runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea, or vomiting.
I'd like to prepare a plan to keep my operations going in case of higher staff absences due to the flu. How can I do that?
The Business Continuity Office has prepared a simple plan template that first-line supervisors can use. Contact the Business Continuity Office at 475-7812 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance with the template.