The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a fact sheet called Influenza in Workers and Pigs: Guidance for Commercial Swine Farmers and Pork Producers, and QuickCard addressing swine worker protection from influenza virus exposure.

The fact sheet includes worker health and safety guidance to employers who operate swine farms and pork production facilities where workers are in close contact with pigs. The goal of the fact sheet is to protect workers exposed to pigs with known or suspected flu infection and to protect live hogs from people infected with flu.

The materials address:

  • Signs of flu in pigs and symptoms in people
  • Hygiene practices
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Respirator recommendations
  • Cleaning and decontamination
  • Biosecurity recommendations
  • Worker vaccination.

Both resources can be viewed online (Fact Sheet: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/influenza-workers-pigs-factsheet.pdf, QuickCard: http://www.osha.gov/Publications/3374swine-workers.pdf) or ordered from the OSHA publications site at https://www.osha.gov/pls/publications/publication.html.