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Pandemic preparedness — Arizona

Employers play a key role in protecting the health and safety of their employees during a pandemic outbreak. A “pandemic” is a global epidemic. There have now been five such pandemics in the last century:

  • Spanish Flu (1918)
  • Asian Flu (1950s)
  • Hong Kong Flu (1960s)
  • H1N1 Flu (2009)
  • COVID-19 (2019-present).

As many employers have experienced first-hand, a pandemic can have a major impact on business operations. For example:

  • employees may be forced to remain at home to care for family members, including children who are unable to attend school
  • multiple employees may fall ill or have to quarantine or isolate at the same time
  • employees may refuse to leave their home due to sheer panic.

These and other potential effects underscore the importance of disaster planning, making it crucial for employers to have a pandemic preparedness plan to minimize the risk and fear of employees and, at the same time, provide continuity in business operations. Employers should:

  • create or update a pandemic preparedness plan (PPP)
  • provide employee training or a refresher course on the PPP
  • engage the state and...

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