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Employers should establish policies and procedures to protect all employees from communicable disease, although they should understand that the risks may be greater for certain workers such as older workers and pregnant women. Employers must be open to discuss employee concerns and listen to their ideas and suggestions for ways to help them stay healthy. Employers can encourage employees who are at high risk to talk with their health care provider to determine what, if any, additional measures they should consider to keep themselves healthy and safe at work. Employers should strongly consider doctor's accommodation requests for high-risk workers.
Listed below are some of the suggested policies, practices or protections that employers may consider as part of their preventive measures during an influenza pandemic, as discussed in OSHA's Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for an Influenza Pandemic:
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