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Overview

During an influenza pandemic, employers have a key role in protecting their employees' health and safety as well as limiting the negative impact to the economy and society. Planning for pandemic influenza is critical. Companies that provide critical infrastructure services, such as power and telecommunications, also have a special responsibility to plan for continued operation in a crisis and should plan accordingly. As with any catastrophe, having a contingency plan is essential.

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Guidance

Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to the 2009-2010 Influenza Season (CDC Site exit link)
Guidance that recommends actions that non-healthcare employers should take now to decrease the spread of seasonal flu and 2009 H1N1 flu in the workplace and to help maintain business continuity during the 2009–2010 flu season.

Influenza Pandemic Guidance (Ready Business Site exit link)
Information and links to pandemic influenza guide for critical infrastructure and key resources.

Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Site exit link)
Find answers to basic questions about workplace preparation strategies for the 2009 H1N1 flu virus (swine flu) that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

What Employers Can Do to Protect Workers from Pandemic Influenza (U.S Deparment of Labor Site exit link) Espanol (Site exit link)
Provides employers a set of occupational safety and health controls, "hierarchy controls", to reduce exposures to pandemic influenza in their workplaces.

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Planning Guides

Business Planning for Pandemic Influenza
Ten steps to help your business prepare for pandemic flu.

Planning for H1N1 Influenza: A Preparedness Guide for Small Business (CDC Site exit link)
The Department of Homeland Security, the CDC, and the Small Business Administration have developed this booklet to help small businesses understand what impact a new influenza virus, like 2009 H1N1 flu, might have on their operations, how to respond to H1N1, and how to create a written plan for guiding your business through a pandemic.

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Toolkit

Preparing for the Flu: A Communication Toolkit for Businesses and Employers (CDC Site exit link)
The purpose of "Preparing for the Flu: A Communication Toolkit for Businesses and Employers" is to provide information and communication resources to help businesses and employers.

FluWorkLoss Special Edition (CDC Site exit link)
Planning tool to estimate workdays lost due to H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu). A spreadsheet-based software tool that allows a user to estimate the potential number of days lost from work due to an H1N1 influenza pandemic and can be used by any community, small business, or organization that wishes to understand their workplace's capacity to function during an H1N1 Influenza response.

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Checklists

Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist (Flu.gov Site exit link)

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