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Swine Flu - Advice for Employers

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Swine flu is causing global panic, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently raising it’s pandemic flu alert level to five and asking countries to take immediate action. 

The W.H.O. said the raising of the alert level to five was a signal to governments, pharmaceutical industry and the business community to take action. The effect to business could be catastrophic, and employees who are showing signs of the swine flu should seek medical attention, says the Sydney Chamber of Commerce.

They have put employers on high alert, urging them to “exercise extreme vigilance in monitoring workplace health.”

Law firm Deacons has extended legal advice to Australian employers on how to deal with swine flu, which includes:

- Limiting non-essential business travel to known infected areas
- Monitoring of people who have gone to affected areas, even on a personal basis
- Clear employees before they return to work to minimise the risk of contamination
- Focus on hygiene in the workplace and make sure people are made aware in a measured and informed way

EasyOHS will keep you updated with developments, or you can go to the following website for further details:

(International) World Health Organisation:  http://www.who.int/en/
(Australia):  Department of Health & Ageing    http://www.health.gov.au/

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