Protecting Employees from Norovirus

blog-publish-date

03 Jan 2017

blog-read-duration

New figures released by health authorities have confirmed that cases of the winter vomiting bug, norovirus, are far higher than last year, with employers being advised to maintain excellent hygiene standards to protect employees from the illness.

Norovirus is highly infectious and easily transmitted through contact with infected individuals from one person to another. Outbreaks are common in semi-enclosed environments such as hospitals, nursing homes, schools and cruise ships but can also occur in restaurants and hotels. According to figures released by Public Health England (PHE) in December 2016, there were 1,704 confirmed cases of the diarrhoea and vomiting bug in England, 55% higher than during the same period last year. In November 2016, the Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca was forced to temporarily close several of its London branches after more than 350 customers and staff fell ill with suspected norovirus. PHE has advised that good hygiene is important to prevent the spread of the virus. The NHS has also offered guidance to help stop the virus spreading, and staff should be aware of the following advice:
  • Employees should stay off work until at least 48 hours after the symptoms have passed.
  • Staff should wash their hands thoroughly using soap and water and dry them after using the toilet, before preparing food and eating.
  • Alcohol gels do not kill the virus and should not be relied on.
  • Eating raw, unwashed food which could harbour the virus should be avoided.
Excellent workplace hygiene is also essential:
  • Any potentially contaminated surfaces or objects, such as desks, equipment and door handles, should be disinfected with a suitable bleach-based household cleaner.
  • Towels and flannels should not be shared. Ideally disposable paper towels should be used.
  • It is important to disinfect bathrooms and toilets.
  • Any infected bedding and clothing should be cleaned on a hot wash.

Free to Download Employer Resources

  • Model Apprenticeship Agreement

    FREE DOWNLOAD

    Model Apprenticeship Agreement

    Read more
  • Sample COSHH Assessment Record

    FREE DOWNLOAD

    Sample COSHH Assessment Record

    Read more
  • Return to Work Interview Form

    FREE DOWNLOAD

    Return to Work Interview Form

    Read more
  • Paid Suspension from Work

    BLOG

    Paid Suspension from Work

    Suspension is often seen as a punishment or disciplinary sanction—this isn’t the...

    Read more
  • BLOG

    Conditional Job Offers

    The job process can be a long-winded one for all involved. From creating the job...

    Read more
  • BLOG

    Eye Health in the Workplace

    On average 1000 injuries occur to people’s eyes every day.[1] The best way to p...

    Read more
  • Syalons

    CASE STUDY

    Syalons

    International Syalons is a manufacturer of advanced ceramics, working for variou...

    Read more
  • Pangea Support

    CASE STUDY

    Pangea Support

    We see Croner being integral to our organisation moving forward, and we’d defini

    Read more
  • JC Couriers

    CASE STUDY

    JC Couriers

    With Croner it genuinely feels like they want me to be a success. And I'm happy

    Read more

Do you have any questions?

Get a free callback from one of our regional experts today