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C-Store TIDBITS A Game Plan for Avoiding the Flu “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” – Alexander Graham Bell his January, I became sick. Not from my home team (the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) season record of 3-13, but essentially due to the fact I received an influenza bug. I am not looking for any sympathy but instead thought of the topic for this newsletter so I can share my findings about influenza with you. “Safety Man” According to the Center for Disease Gerry Colas Control, this ﬂu season could be worse because there is a new and very diﬀerent inﬂuenza virus causing illness called 2009 H1N1. CDC expects both 2009 H1N1 and seasonal ﬂu to cause illness, hospital stays and deaths this season and is preparing for an early and possibly severe ﬂu season. Convenience store workers are very susceptible by nature to acute exposure to inﬂuenza. I want to follow Alexander Bell (not the Buccaneers) and get a game plan going that convenience stores can all adhere to. After planning is complete, it will be up to the frontline employees to prevent getting infected and spreading any virus. With commonsense steps, the risk of infection is greatly reduced. Even though all steps are followed, some employees will still fall prey to inﬂuenza. I will let you know what can be done if all else fails. Employers and employees, if you have not yet done so, develop a plan. A plan that is written by both parties will most likely be followed. Have a plan that sends employees home who are showing symptoms and be prepared to have their shift covered. It is not too late to get vaccinated for both the seasonal ﬂu and the 2009 H1N1 virus. If you are part of the community T that is considered to be at high risk of ﬂu complications, get vaccinated. Once a plan is in place, the next step is to prevent obtaining and spreading any virus. The frequent hand washing that was encouraged by Moms is one of the best ways of prevention (mothers know best). Hand washing should be done vigorously, take at least 20 seconds, and should be done with warm water. Employees should practice the avoidance of touching their eyes, nose and mouth. These are the most likely locations that any virus will enter the body. Your general overall health plays a large part in avoiding sickness. Eating well-balanced meals, getting the right amount of sleep and maintaining physical ﬁtness will keep your immune system strong. Unfortunately, even if all the above steps are taken, some employees will still be infected with the ﬂu virus. If you’re at work and begin to sneeze and or cough, again, listen to what Momma told you and cover your mouth, preferably with a handkerchief. Adhere to the new “sick workers should stay home” plan. During this time oﬀ, go seek medical attention if symptoms are severe. They have antiviral medications that work best when taken within the second day of symptoms. Once you are feeling better, wait for at least a 24-hour period before going back to work. The virus is one thing your co-workers do not want to share. I hope that this information and reinforcement of what you perhaps have known before helps you to avoid being infected by the ﬂu. With good planning, preventive measures and even a game plan for when you’re down, we can decrease the risk and impact this season. As for my home football team… hopefully the other teams don’t follow any of the above advice during the oﬀ season. ❍ Gerry Colas is the health and safety manager of HCR, SE, LLC. You can contact Gerry at email@example.com or 813-626-4646. Petrogram | Spring 2010 |
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Petrogram - Spring 2010
Petrogram - Spring 2010
A Celebration of the Petrogram’s 50th Anniversary
How to Stage a Great Grand Opening
FPMA Efforts to Improve the Cleanup Program
Out & About the Industry
E-10 and Single-Wall Fiberglass Tanks
Are You Ready for PCI Compliance?
Crind and Bear It
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Petrogram - Spring 2010
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