The risk of getting infected with Monkeypox (Mpox/MPX) is very low for the general public. However, as this comes on the heels of the Coronavirus and all the public health concerns that it has raised, it’s important to get informed about the risks of MPXand what you can do to protect yourself.
The campus Workplace Safety Program empowers and expects all employees to integrate health and safety considerations into their decisions and activities. Managers and supervisors have particular responsibility for identifying and planning the controls for workplace hazards in the activities of their employees. In addition, they are responsible for allocating the resources needed to address these requirements and investigating cases. The goal ─ to prevent work-related injuries and illnesses ─ is best achieved through inclusive and collaborative efforts among all levels of the campus community.
Unlike COVID-19, the MPX virus is not as transmissible in the workplace according to Cal/OSHA. MPX spreads primarily through direct contact with infectious sores, scabs, or body fluids. Existing work practices that prevent COVID-19 also reduce the risk of MPX transmission. If employees have concerns about MPX exposure, hazards, or work practices that put them at risk, they should discuss this with their supervisor. EH&S and University Health Services (UHS) may be consulted for further questions and information.
EH&S is available for assistance with assessing and controlling job hazards in the workplace. E-mail email@example.com call (510) 642-3073.