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IFMA Offers Manual on Dealing with Possible Swine Flu Pandemic



In an effort to assist businesses in preparing for a potential swine influenza pandemic, the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Foundation is offering the “Pandemic Preparedness Manual," a complimentary resource that can assist in planning for, controlling and responding to the threat of and influenza pandemic.


In an effort to assist businesses in preparing for a potential swine influenza pandemic, the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Foundation is offering the “Pandemic Preparedness Manual," a complimentary resource that can assist in planning for, controlling and responding to the threat of and influenza pandemic.

The manual suggests facility professionals perform pre-planning and develop business continuity plans. Pre-planning involves establishing internal and external communications protocols and reviewing corporate policies on pay, time off, visitor and travel restrictions, and medical clearance. Triggers for building closure, mandatory absences and other preventative measures should also be put into place.

The manual advises employers on steps they can take to help control the outbreak of flu, beginning with employee training on awareness and prevention. Employers are encouraged to make supplies such as tissues, hand soap and sanitary wipes available, and to be vigilant in sanitizing commonly touched surfaces.

"When used in conjunction with information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the latest media reports, we feel this manual gives facility professionals the tools they need to do their part in mitigating the harmful effects of this outbreak," says IFMA Foundation Executive Director William Rub.

The manual was prepared in conjunction with Environmental and Occupational Risk Management, a company that specializes in the development and implementation of cost-effective environmental, health and safety solutions. To obtain a free copy of the report, visit www.ifmafoundation.org.



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