Communicable Illness Prevention Policy

Overview 

Innovative Vision is committed to providing a safe workplace for all of its employees. Although public health crises are primarily the responsibility of local, provincial and/or federal government health departments, because the modern workplace is a primary site for human interaction and potential spread of contagious illnesses, preparing for a potential infectious disease outbreak is the responsibility of both employers and employees. Innovative Vision, therefore, has instituted this policy to address and reduce health risks to its employees. 

Definitions 

Infectious disease: a disease caused by a microorganism and therefore potentially infinitely transferable to new individuals. May or may not be communicable. Example of non-communicable is disease caused by toxins from food poisoning or infection caused by toxins in the environment, such as tetanus. 

Communicable disease: an infectious disease that is contagious and which can be transmitted from one source to another by infectious bacteria or viral organisms. 

Contagious disease: a very communicable disease capable of spreading rapidly from one person to another by contact or close proximity. 

In general, Innovative Vision recommends that employees: 

  • stay home from work to get the necessary medical care when sick with an infectious disease to prevent infection and spread of the illness to other employees 
  • maintain good personal hygiene 
  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly or if washing hands frequently is not an option, consider using liquid hand sanitizer solutions as applicable o Cover mouth with a tissue or hand or arm when coughing or sneezing 
  • avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth 
  • avoid contact and proximity to individuals who are obviously sick 

In order to keep our workplace safe, we need your help. If you: 

(a) are diagnosed with any illness that is communicable in our workplace, such as influenza, active TB (tuberculosis), MRSA staph Infection or infectious disease that your physician indicates may be communicable or contagious (collectively, “communicable illness”);

(b) believe you may have had close contact with a person diagnosed with a contagious disease; 

(c) have recently visited a place in which there has been an outbreak of such an illness and you do not feel well or are exhibiting symptoms; or 

(d) have received instructions from a physician or public health official to avoid contact with others, remain in quarantine, or otherwise restrict your activity for the purpose of preventing the spread of an illness. 

Other communicable illnesses include Measles, Chicken Pox, Hepatitis B, Meningitis, Mumps, Rubella, SARS, H1N1, Coronavirus, and the Common Cold. Communicable diseases include any illness due to an infectious agent that is transmitted directly or indirectly from one person to another. 

THEN, you should seek medical treatment from your personal physician and follow any treatment recommendations or quarantine restrictions imposed upon you. 

Any employee diagnosed with a communicable illness should stay away from the workplace for the incubation period of the infectious disease or for 24 hours after they are fever-free, whichever is longer. 

In order to provide protection for yourself and other employees, Innovative Vision requests that you notify Human Resource Representative or other available member of management if you are diagnosed with a communicable illness. Depending on the illness, if you are: (a) diagnosed with a communicable illness; or (b) quarantined as part of a public health response to a communicable illness, Innovative Vision may require you to provide a doctor’s note saying it is safe for you to return to work. 

We are concerned about the health of all employees and will explore with you any reasonable accommodation you may request as a result of your condition. Innovative Vision will not permit you to be discriminated, harassed or retaliated against for having or reporting a communicable illness. This information will be kept confidential to the extent reasonably possible although, obviously, full confidentiality cannot be guaranteed because Innovative Vision may be required to inform public health officials or others or need to develop additional protocols to protect the safety and health of other Workmates. 

As we all know, communicable illnesses can vary greatly in their degree of seriousness, ease of transmission, and risk to others. As such, Innovative Vision may change its response to potentially communicable illnesses as the situation warrants.