Pandemic Swine Flu - What's The Impact For My Business? - 10-07-2009

The Government announced on 2nd July 2009 that swine flu is now widespread in the community and the number of cases is doubling each week. The Chief Medical Officer reported that if this trend continues, the projection is that by the end of August there could be 100,000 new cases per day (This figure may change in the forthcoming weeks). During the pandemic flu planning process the predicted attack rate means you can expect to see up to 25% of the workforce being affected.

If 25% of your workforce was off sick, what impact would this have on your business? Swine flu mainly affects children and those of working age, so employees may be off ill themselves or looking after dependents. It is spread from sneezing and coughing in close proximity to others (up to 1 metre) who then breathe in the aerosol droplets. It is also spread from contaminated hands to the face or hard surfaces when people have not washed their hands after sneezing or coughing.

What can you do?

PLAN NOW for this situation and decide which aspects of your business need to be maintained if a significant number of your employees are ill.

PREVENT THE SPREAD of swine flu following these simple steps:

Further information is available on:
www.dh.gov.uk -‘Pandemic Flu Guidance for Businesses’,
www.direct.gov.uk/swineflu - ‘Swine Flu - Everything you need to know’,
www.businesslink.gov.uk – Swine Flu
www.hpa.org.uk – Swine Influenza