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pandemic planning

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Pandemic planning is a strategic approach to business continuity that anticipates and prepares for a widespread, dangerous outbreak of an infectious disease that poses life-threatening risks to employees and their families in different geographical areas at the same time.

A pandemic plan should have two parts: it should document how the business’ essential services will be provided in the event there is significant and sustained absenteeism and it should explain how the business will implement and enforce non-pharmaceutical intervention.  Non-pharmaceutical intervention simply means how the business will reduce contact between people to help prevent the spread of infection. It could be as simple as formally defining when employees should stay home. A more complex plan might include testing to ensure critical skills can be sustainable in the event there is a staff absentee rate of 40% or more, initiatives for staff cross-training and application support for telecommuting.

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This was last updated in March 2010
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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