22 Jan Handling Head Lice in the Workplace
When we hear about head lice, we generally assume that it affects children and not adults. While it’s true that children are more prone to head lice because their heads are close together when they play or do schoolwork, they aren’t the only ones who are at risk. Adults, too, can get head lice.
The most common way for an adult to get head lice is when their child has it. The lice can easily transfer to other family members in the home. But, adults who work with children are also more likely to get head lice, such as daycare providers, teachers and health care professionals.
So, if you’ve recently discovered that you have head lice, what are the protocols for going to work? We know that kids can return to school once they are given treatment, but does the same go for adults? Let’s find out.
Early Treatment is a Must
The first step in any head lice case is to get treatment. There are a number of head lice treatment products on the market, such as medicated shampoos and over-the-counter drugs. However, these products often contain harsh ingredients and are not always effective. Choose your treatment wisely so that you can kill the infestation on your first attempt.
My Hair Helpers’ products are silicone-based and contain no toxic ingredients. They are sold online, or you can schedule an appointment to have the work done for you! We have locations in Downey and Thousand Oaks, California, as well as a mobile service that travels to Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
Once you get treatment, you can return to work.
Notify Your Employer
We realize that having lice is embarrassing to some, but it shouldn’t be. In fact, hiding the fact that you have lice can make things worse because people won’t be on alert. Instead, let your employer know so that they can send out a generic email that notifies staff that a head lice incident was reported.
The communication should also mention that lice has nothing to do with the cleanliness of the office or staff. Employees should be encouraged to see their doctor and seek treatment if they notice any signs of head lice. These steps will significantly reduce the risk of the infestation passing from one person to the next.
Clean the Office
Although it’s unlikely to transfer head lice from an object to a person, it can happen. That’s why it doesn’t hurt to do some light cleaning. Specifically, wipe down high-back chairs, nap or collaboration areas and the conference room. Lice can only survive for 48 hours on these surfaces, which is why the risk for transmission is low. The good news is that some basic cleaning not only reduces the spread of head lice but also keeps other germs and bacteria at bay.
Adults can get head lice, too! If you have a confirmed case of head lice, contact My Hair Helpers for an appointment. We can check everyone in your family and treat them during the same visit. Or, purchase our safe, non-toxic products on Amazon for at-home convenience.