Guide

Diseases, infections and allergies in the workplace

Introduction

For most people the risks of catching infections or suffering an allergic reaction while they are at work are no different to when they are at home or in a public place.

But some employees can be exposed to higher risks of disease, infection and allergy through their work. This can include the healthcare industry, refuse disposal or sewage treatment.

Other businesses may need to protect their customers against wider public health issues. For example, those working in businesses handling food need to guard against the risks of poisoning or allergies.

Also, health issues that affect the general public may have a negative impact on your business, eg the outbreak of an infectious disease among your staff.

This guide outlines the risks surrounding diseases, infections and allergies and provides some advice on what you should do about them.