Seasonal Flu in the Workplace: Engineering Infection Controls

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NIOSH Activities: Engineering Infection Controls

Controlling exposures to workplace hazards is a key method of protecting workers. Engineering controls are high on the hierarchy of controls used to protect workers from workplace hazards. Engineering controls remove or reduce a hazard, or they place a barrier between the worker and the hazard. Well-designed engineering controls are preferred to personal protective equipment (PPE) because engineering controls can be highly effective in protecting workers, and they generally place less of the burden upon worker actions. NIOSH researchers are involved in the following research efforts focused on developing and evaluating engineering controls to reduce the spread of infectious disease in healthcare settings.

NIOSH Engineering Control Research on Infection Control

Page last reviewed: March 28, 2018