Pandemics differ from typical seasonal outbreaks in that there is no pre-existing immunity to the pathogen in the global community, and so disease is spread easily from human to human.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and many jurisdictions throughout the world have recommended that all workplaces prepare pandemic preparedness plans to reduce spread within the community.

There have been three notable outbreaks of influenza pandemic within the last 100 years. Most notably, the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic had a devastating effect, with the loss of an estimated 50 million lives worldwide.

Now, WHO is tracking the development of avian flu, in particular the Avian Influenza A(H5N1) strain, which has reached the Alert phase.

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Aside from the benefit of reducing the spread of pandemic, there are several business benefits that result from having a rigorous plan in place:

  • Continuity of supply from vendors
  • Reduced impact on direct workforce resulting in less lost time
  • Ability to maintain supply of goods and services
  • Improved employee morale
  • Adequate supplies for managing occurrences on site (these are difficult to procure during pandemic)

Jonacate Consultancy Ltd can help you develop a Pandemic Preparedness Plan and an associated training plan which is scaled to be relevant to your business and to your employees.