How to Practice Flu Prevention on the Job-Site


Ensuring active flu prevention measures are in place is essential for both businesses and households. By implementing simple yet effective strategies, such as regular handwashing, practicing good respiratory hygiene, and getting vaccinated, you can significantly lower the risk of flu transmission.

These preventive measures not only safeguard individual health but also contribute to maintaining a healthy environment for everyone.

On a construction job-site, flu prevention is even more important. This is an environment where teams of people will interact with each other frequently, sometimes in close proximity – and an outbreak of the flu could render your best workers unavailable for days, or even weeks.

What are the best strategies for preventing the flu on a job-site?

Good News and Bad News for Construction Job-Sites


Construction job-sites are somewhat unique in the realm of workplaces. There are some advantages associated with construction settings in cold and flu season. For example, construction teams often work outside, with plenty of fresh air and space between them; this makes it much harder for bacteria and viruses to spread.

At the same time, there are situations that force people to be in close proximity to each other and encourage more frequent spreading of infectious illnesses. For example, team members may travel in closed vehicles together for long periods of time, and they often share the same equipment and resources.

Additionally, working while sick in construction presents unique hazards. This isn’t just about spreading the disease to others; it’s also a major safety hazard. If a person feels fatigued, or generally unwell, they’re going to have a worse reaction time and lower overall awareness, potentially posing a threat to other people on a job-site.

Accordingly, it’s very important to take flu prevention seriously in construction.

Key Flu Prevention in Construction


These are some of your best strategies for preventing the flu on a construction job-site:

  • Encourage frequent hand washing: One of the best things you can do to prevent the spread of infectious illnesses is to wash your hands frequently. Bacteria and viruses often spread through hand contact, and a simple wash with soap and water can practically eliminate these infectious microbes. Make sure hand washing stations are available for all your employees and encourage them to use them frequently.
  • Clean and sanitize work areas: Similarly, you should clean and sanitize all work areas. The most important areas are frequently touched surfaces, like doorknobs and faucet handles, but you should also periodically wipe down tools, desks, and other surfaces.
  • Consider using masks: When contemplating strategies for preventing the spread of infectious diseases, such as the flu, it’s worth considering the utilization of masks as part of your preventive measures.
    Respiratory masks serve as a protective barrier against airborne pathogens, effectively reducing the risk of transmission in crowded or high-risk environments. By incorporating masks into your flu prevention toolkit, you add an extra layer of defense, particularly in situations where close contact with potentially infected individuals is unavoidable.

  • Encourage flu vaccines: The CDC encourages adults to get an annual flu vaccine. Even if you’re a generally healthy person who follows all other flu prevention strategies, a flu vaccine can reduce your risk profile even further.
  • Promote healthy habits: It’s much easier to recover from the flu if you have a strong immune system. Accordingly, you should promote healthy habits among your team. Drinking lots of water, eating nutritious foods, and getting lots of fresh air can all help.
  • Discourage work attendance for those with symptoms: Don’t allow people with the flu to work in proximity to others. Make it clear that calling off is not only tolerable, but encouraged if you’re feeling too sick to work.
  • Isolate when possible: If you can, consider isolating your team members during cold and flu season as much as possible. Less proximity means fewer opportunities for infectious illnesses to jump from person to person.
  • Circulate fresh air when possible: Breathing fresh air is incredibly good for preventing the spread of the flu, so circulate fresh air whenever possible. Opening windows and using fans can greatly reduce your infection risk profile.
  • Formalize your policie: To bolster your efforts in flu prevention, it’s essential to formalize your policies and procedures, leaving no room for ambiguity.
    By clearly outlining your flu policies, you provide employees with a comprehensive understanding of the preventive measures and protocols in place, empowering them to take appropriate actions to safeguard their health and that of their colleagues.
    Regular reinforcement of these policies through communication channels ensures that everyone remains informed and reminded of the importance of adherence to flu prevention strategies.
    Additionally, emphasizing the importance of staying home when sick fosters a culture of responsibility and consideration within the workplace, further contributing to the overall effectiveness of your flu prevention efforts.

A Difficult Choice: Staying Home or Staying on Schedule


As a manager, you’re probably going to face some ambiguous situations, like a worker who feels a little bit sniffly but is willing to come to work. In these moments, it can be difficult to figure out whether it’s better to stay home or stay on schedule.

But for the most part, it’s almost always better for people to stay home. Yes, absentees can cause productivity and timeline issues, but they also help prevent your entire team from getting sick – and more importantly, they could prevent a major accident.

If you take flu prevention seriously on your construction job-site, you should be able to greatly minimize the impact of this infectious disease and keep your crew safer at the same time. Small delays and interruptions are almost inevitable during cold and flu season, so do what you can to promote healthy habits, even if it means temporarily compromising your schedule.