Pandemic Seminar Stresses Importance of Planning Ahead

The possibility of a worldwide influenza pandemic has become a growing concern among safety and health agencies and organizations over the past several years, and just recently the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Health & Safety Administration unveiled its latest in a line of new safety and health guidelines, titled PandemIc Influenza Preparedness and Response Guidance for Healthcare Workers and Healthcare Employers, addressing how to help healthcare workers and their employers prepare.

With estimates as high as 30 percent of the population being affected, industry is scrambling to put together a contingency plan to account for expected massive absenteeism.

Dan Markiewicz, MS, CSP, CIH, CHMM, president, Markeiwicz & Associates Ltd., will present a pre-conference seminar on Sunday, June 24, titled "Managing Safety in a Pandemic," which promises to teach attendees how to assist their organization in developing comprehensive strategies and tactics to better prepare them.

Objectives include:

  • Develop a plan to respond to the impact of a pandemic on your organization;
  • Establish policies and procedures to follow during a pandemic;
  • Allocate the appropriated resources to ensure your organization is protected during a pandemic;
  • Educate and communicate to your organization to reduce the impact of a pandemic;
  • Coordinate with external organizations for additional assistance for your organization and the community it serves.

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