Communicable Diseases

Communicable, contagious and infectious are descriptions, often used interchangeably for diseases, spread from person to person, by virus, bacteria or vectors. They may be airborne or spread by body fluids or surface contact. Because of close proximity, the workplace can support an environment where diseases are spread, e.g., seasonal influenza. The nature of a customer or patient-facing job can place other workers at risk, e.g. HIV or hepatitis B from a needle stick; Ebloa in an airline cabin or during emergency transport or funeral preparation; or malaria obtained during an employee’s global travels or military service.

While hospitals, child care facilities and schools are workplaces with some of the highest risks, all other businesses and industries have concerns when an outbreak or epidemic occurs. Often the organizations that develop the guidelines to protect the health and safety of U.S. citizens think of businesses and healthy adult workers last. Yet from day one, the workers themselves have questions for their occupational and environmental healthcare professionals. Their employers need trusted information to reassure workers and ensure that they have the policies and procedures in place to protect their most valuable assets, their workers and thus their company’s productivity.In response to AAOHN members’ need for access to trusted communicable disease resources, AAOHN has developed Resource Guides for some of the most high profile diseases. Members also want best practices, especially within their own industry or business sector. AAOHN has asked members to share their policies, protocols and communications, and we have published them for member review.

In response to AAOHN members’ need for access to trusted communicable disease resources, AAOHN has developed Resource Guides for some of the most high profile diseases. Members also want best practices, especially within their own industry or business sector. AAOHN has asked members to share their policies, protocols and communications, and we have published them for member review.

Members are encouraged to visit www.aaohn.org's Ask IT where they will find an AAOHN Member Open Forum to discuss best practices and make inquiries about issues of concern. There is a category for Infectious Diseases, including Vaccine-preventable Diseases. Members are encouraged to use Ask It as their community to share or ask questions of member colleagues. 

Resource Guide

Ebola Resources Guide 

Companies Share Ebola Policies & Procedures

Measles Resources Guide 

Companies Share Measles Policies & Procedures

Influenza

Zika Virus 

Zika Virus website (maintained by ANA)