Installing hand sanitizers on buses and SkyTrain cars would not deter the spread of the H1N1 flu pandemic, health officials told TransLink.

Distributing face masks to employees also wouldn’t help, transit officials were told by the B.C.

Centre for Disease Control, Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health. Discussions were held after the World Health Organization declared an H1N1 pandemic in the spring.

Sanitizing grab bars, stanchions and seats is only effective until the next contagious person comes along and touches them. It also wouldn’t defend against airborne contamination through sneezing or coughing.

It’s more important for people to wash their hands regularly, especially before they eat and to avoid touching their face, eyes and nose, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.

Handing out facemasks to the workforce also wasn’t recommended, according to TransLink. If not properly used, they can increase the risk of contamination.

TransLink officials are, however, encouraging employees to stay home if they show any flu signs and to rely on common sense — hand washing and coughing into your elbow or sleeve — to prevent the spread of germs.