Cork, Ireland (PRWEB) July 31, 2009
A Cork based health and safety company has been enlisted to assist a global software company to prepare their Ireland operation for the effects of pandemic swine flu.
The lessons learned from other sites infected early in the pandemic spread timeframe are actively being applied the software giant's sites across the globe. The number of confirmed cases of influenza A(H1N1) in Ireland has risen to the point that the authorities have switched to a treatment rather than a prevention phase. The concern is that with no natural immunity to the new strain, as with seasonal flu, it is likely that infection could easily spread through a geographical area or population. Of even greater concern is the knowledge from historical outbreaks that the virus could even mutate into a more serious strain in the future where it could become responsible for a much greater death toll.
Pandemic infection will almost certainly have significant impact on business productivity, as the best way to contain disease is to keep all infected or potentially infected people away from gathering places such as the workplace. All businesses must begin to prepare for the impact of this disease on their workforce and business operations i.e.
Operating with considerably reduced staff numbers
Reduced supply of raw materials
Darren O'Keeffe, Consultancy Manager of CMSE, said that the risk to companies not adequately planning could be very high. "Employers are very focused on economic issues, losing key suppliers, or key staff could devastate a business."
All companies must there for plan, resource, audit and review pandemic preparedness procedures on an ongoing basis to be in good shape for the expected rise in cases in the European Autumn timeframe.
CMSE can assist any type of organisation to prepare in a comprehensive and professional manner to mitigate the effects of a pandemic virus that will impact on all businesses and locations in the near future. Whether by auditing locations, or the development of plans and procedures, CMSE can help to reduce the impact of Swine Flu and ensure essential business continuity through effective planning and preparedness.
CMSE is Ireland's leader in Safety, Energy and Environmental services. We provide expert Consultancy, Training and Recruitment to a range of national and international clients including Pfizer, Bank of Ireland, Glaxo Smith Kline, ESB, Bord Gais, Heineken and Cadbury.
CMSE Consultancy is the premier provider of Safety & Environmental consultancy services in Ireland today.
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