With flu seaon on it's way, what is the recommendation for custodians for safety protection.


You may wish to visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/masks.htm for the CDC’s comments on where and when to use masks. One comment stands out. “Facemasks help stop droplets from being spread by the person wearing them. They also keep splashes or sprays from reaching the mouth and nose of the person wearing the facemask. They are not designed to protect against breathing in very small particles.” How about the more effective respirators (N95)? The site warns, “The optimal use of respirators requires fit testing, training and medical clearance.” You can’t just toss them to anyone working in the building. What is the conclusion? “Use of N95 respirators or facemasks generally is not recommended for workers in non-healthcare occupational settings for general work activities.” The masks are valuable protection when working in the presence of an H1N1 patient. In other settings, they are just cumbersome and expensive. The basics of protection remain. Wash hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes, keep your hands away from your mouth, eyes, and nose, avoid ill people.

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