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Zika Virus in the workplace

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What is the Zika Virus? It is a mosquito-borne illness that can cause fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis for one in five infected people. It can be contracted through mosquito bites that are infected, or blood transfusions of an affected person.  Even though there is no immediate threat, or reason for concern regarding contracting the virus in the USA, it should still be a topic in every workplace. Under OSHA’s “General Duty Clause”, the employer has a legal obligation to provide a safe and healthful workplace. Since there is currently no specific regulation on the Zika virus, OSHA will utilize the above mentioned clause if need be. Click here for more information on how OSHA plans to handle the Zika Virus.

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