Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite: Bed Bugs in the Workplace
The United States, as well as other countries, is currently experiencing an alarming resurgence in the bed bug population. Public health agencies across the country have been overwhelmed by complaints about bed bugs. For example, New York City has seen a 240% increase from 2006 to 2009. Exterminators in Florida have reported a 10-fold increase in bed bug calls over the past five years. Additionally, a recent survey of pest management companies found that 40% of their bed bug business was in places such as hospitals, hotels/motels, office buildings and schools.
On Thursday, October 28, AllOne Health Resources held a webinar about bed bugs in the workplace. Once discovered, getting rid of bed bugs and dealing with the fallout can be complicated. This webinar addressed questions such as:
- How do bed bugs get into the work place? Do employees bring the bugs to work or do employees take them home from work?
- What should somebody do if his or her business involves visits to customers’ homes?
- If a worker’s home is infected as a result of a job he did, does the employer pay for the inspection of that home? What about the extermination of the worker’s home?
- Is there a way to do an extermination without chemicals (e.g., a natural approach)?
- Are there travel tips for employees who are scared of hotel beds?
Who should attend
This webinar provided helpful information to any employer who is concerned about how to handle bed bugs in the workplace, whether they work in a service industry or are just concerned about bed bugs in their buildings or have employees that travel extensively.
For those who were unable to attend, below is a recording of the webinar.
About the Speaker
Brian Morris, MD, MPH, JD, MBA, is an Associate Corporate Medical Director and Occupational Health Physician at AllOne Health Resources. Dr. Morris develops innovative and customized occupational and environmental health services solutions for a range of clients for AllOne Health. Dr. Morris has nearly 23 years of experience as an occupational health physician. He began his medical career as an occupational health and primary care physician. Since then, Dr. Morris has served in a variety of occupational and corporate health leadership positions.
Dr. Morris has a medical degree from Brown University, a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, a law degree from the New England School of Law and a MBA from Yale University.