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March 2007 - Pandemic Influenza Planning Guidance
March 16, 2007
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published planning guidance for pandemic influenza that is based on traditional infection control and industrial hygiene practices. Employers and employees should use this planning guidance to help identify risk levels in workplace settings and appropriate control measures that include good hygiene, cough etiquette, social distancing, the use of personal protective equipment, and staying home from work when ill.
A pandemic is a global disease outbreak. An influenza pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus emerges for which there is little or no immunity in the human population, begins to cause serious illness, and then spreads easily from person-to-person worldwide. A worldwide influenza pandemic could have a major effect on the global economy, including travel, trade, tourism, food, consumption, and, eventually, investment and financial markets.
Planning for pandemic influenza by business and industry is essential to minimize a pandemic's impact. Companies that provide critical infrastructure services, such as power and telecommunications, also have a special responsibility to plan for continued operation in a crisis. As with any catastrophe, having a contingency plan is essential.
The handbook, Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for an Influenza Pandemic, may be found at www.osha.gov/Publications/influenza_pandemic.html.
For access to U.S. Government avian and pandemic flu information managed by the Department of Health and Human Services, see www.pandemicflu.gov.
The information contained in this publication was obtained from sources believed to be reliable. ISO Services Properties, Inc., its companies and employees make no guarantee of results and assume no liability in connection with either the information herein contained or the safety suggestions herein made. Moreover, it cannot be assumed that every acceptable safety procedure is contained herein or that abnormal or unusual circumstances may not warrant or require further or additional procedure.
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