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Title: Pandemic Plan Update

Pandemic Plan Update
  • Corporate HSE, Human Resources (HR)
  • October 15, 2009

  • Huskys Pandemic Plan Update
  • The Facts
  • Medical review by The ECM Group
  • Huskys Pandemic Plan
  • An overview by HSE
  • What About me?
  • HR related questions and answers
  • Whats Next?

Influenza A-H1N1 Virus
  • New influenza virus for which humans do not have
    immunity although those over 65 seem to have some
  • Comprised of components of human, avian and swine
  • Most cases have resulted in mild symptoms but it
    has resulted in deaths in the younger age groups
    (4100 world wide, 76 Canada, 8 Alberta)

Seasonal Flu
  • 250,000 to 500,000 deaths annually associated
    with seasonal flu
  • 4000 deaths in Canada
  • Deaths mostly in high risk groups 65, chronic
    disease, immunosuppressed

Pandemic Level 6
  • World Health Organization (WHO) Confirms Pandemic
    Phase 6
  • June 11, 2009
  • Sustained human to human transmission three
    generations are
  • involved i.e. the virus has passed from person
    A to person B and then
  • to person C.
  • Pandemic Alert Levels are about the spread of the
    virus not about
  • severity!

Symptoms of H1N1
  • Similar to Seasonal Flu and include fever,
    cough, sore throat,
  • headache, chills, fatigue and in some cases
    vomiting and diarrhea
  • (usually sudden onset more severe than cold
  • Symptoms needing urgent medical attention
    difficultly breathing or
  • shortness of breath, pain or pressure in chest or
    abdomen, sudden
  • dizziness, confusion and severe and persistent
    vomiting, fever gt 3 days

Pre-existing Conditions
  • People with the following conditions should
    contact physician as
  • soon as possible after flu like symptoms occur as
  • treatment may be required
  • Pregnancy, Asthma and other lung conditions,
  • Diabetes other Chronic Metabolic Diseases,
    Cardiac Disease,
  • Liver Disease, Impaired Immunity, HIV Infection,
  • Neurological Disorders

H1N1 Infectious Period
  • 1 day before onset of illness
  • 7 days after onset of illness or 24 hours after
    fever has resolved (without medication) whichever
    is longer.
  • Spread primarily through droplets in the air
  • Lives on objects for up to 2 days (most
    infectious 8 hours)

H1N1 Vaccine
  • Will be available in November 2009
  • Will be provided through Alberta Health Services
  • May require a waiting period between seasonal flu
    vaccination and receiving H1N1(duration currently
  • Currently seasonal flu only offered to groups
    high risk for complications from seasonal flu

General Precautions
  • If you have flu like symptoms stay home seek
    medical advise if symptoms worsen,
  • Frequent hand washing with soap and water.
    Alcohol based (at least 60) hand cleansers are
    also effective,
  • Cover nose and mouth with tissue when you cough
    or sneeze (dispose of tissue and wash hands)
  • If no tissue - Use upper sleeve

General Precautions
  • Avoid touching your nose, eyes mouth
  • Avoid contact with persons with flu like
  • Practice good health habits good nutrition,
    exercise adequate sleep
  • Wearing a mask is not recommended for prevention
  • Antiviral medication not recommended for
    prevention of H1N1

Be Prepared
  • At home stock up on thermometer, acetamenophen
    (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen, fluids and food to last
    several days.
  • Arrange to have some one who can assist you with
    child care or shopping.
  • Obtain information on how to care for yourself or
    others (Alberta Health and Wellness Website)
  • Familiarize yourself with ECMs Self Assessment
    Tool form online on Huskys website and ECMs

  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • http//
  • Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
  • http//
  • Alberta Wellness
  • http//

  • Questions?

Phases of a Pandemic
Pandemic Response
Localized Disease Outbreaks / Epidemics
Normal Cold Influenza Season
WHO Phase 1
WHO Phase 2
WHO Phase 3
WHO Phase 4
WHO Phase 5
WHO Phase 6
Infectious Disease Risk
Pandemic Plan Purpose (Overview)
  • In conjunction with BCP, provide site-specific
    guidelines and strategies to
  • ensure a consistent, timely and effective
    response to infectious disease events
  • and to minimize impacts on employees and
  • This plan is intended to
  • Protect the health and safety of employees
  • Identify and highlight key dependencies
  • Establish means of clear and sufficient
  • Define the actions necessary to support ongoing
    operations and deliver essential programs and
  • Outline specific roles, processes and support
    systems for day-to-day operations, and provide
    support to Husky locations during a pandemic
    crisis and
  • Enable business areas to maintain as robust a
    service as possible to Husky customers and
    stakeholders in any major incident thus
    protecting the reputation of the organization and
    maintaining stakeholder confidence.

Response Levels - WHO Phases
Husky Response Level Husky Response Level WHO Phase WHO Phase
Normal Normal operations Phase 1 No new influenza virus subtypes
Alert Awareness of issue planning underway Phase 2 and 3 Circulating animal subtype poses threat
Level 1 Increase readiness, test response plans Phase 4 Small clusters of human infection
Level 2 WHO Phase 5 PLUS 15 absenteeism take active measures Phase 5 Large clusters of infection, but localized
Level 3 WHO Phase 6 PLUS 30 absenteeism take aggressive measures Phase 6 Pandemic increased and sustained transmission
H1N1 Status
  • Currently, Husky Response Level 1, WHO Phase 6
  • (Husky will remain at Level 1 even if WHO Phases
    are at 5 or 6 unless
  • there is a local outbreak)
  • In Canada, 78 deaths due to H1N1
  • Deaths in regular influenza season 4,000 to
  • Virus peaked in Canada in first 3 weeks of June,
    waned and is peaking again, but did not mutate
    significantly (low to moderate severity)
  • Some antiviral resistant strains identified

Pandemic Core Response Team
  • Multi-disciplined team conferences semi-monthly
  • Sharing of best practices, development of
    strategies and tactics, and preparation of
  • Deliverables
  • Developed Pandemic Plan
  • Key messages, bulletin articles, dark website
  • Template / checklist for site preparedness
  • Wallet cards / 1-800 employee number
  • On-line diagnosis tool / absenteeism tracking
  • Increased sanitization

CERT Responsibilities at Level 3
  • Make decisions on separation or segregation of
    staff (travel restrictions / meeting restrictions
    / working from home)
  • Coordinate field sites in implementing their
    business continuity plans and prioritizing
    critical operations
  • Defer non-critical activities

Human Resource Questions
  • Pro-Active Steps
  • Monitor the latest Alberta Health Services
    bulletins and other credible sources of
  • Immunization Program Administer employee /
    contractor immunization programs if and when
  • Provide access to the most current relative
  • Web site, Bulletin, Lunch Learn
  • Providing hand sanitizers,
  • Template / checklist for site preparedness
  • Wallet cards / 1-800 employee number
  • Maintain the On-line Self Assessment Tool (SAT),
    and training via Lunch Learn sessions.

On-Line Health Assessment Tool (SAT)
  • ECM Health Services Provider Referral - via way
    of the confidential Self Assessment Tool.
  • Expected turnaround is 24 hours depending on
  • The objective of this on-line tool is provide
    information about Influenza / H1N1 and to provide
    access to our Health Service Provider (ECM) for
    an initial assessment, enabling employees to
    have questions and health concerns accurately and
    quickly addressed.

Human Resource Questions
  • Where can I go to learn more about the pandemic
    virus, its symptoms, preventative care and
    supportive information?
  • World Health Organization
  • Center for Disease Control
  • Public Health Agency Canada
  • Ohio Department of Health
  • ECM Self-Assessment Tool on the Husky Intranet
  • Intranet http//huskynet.myconnection (takes
    you to
  • External website http//
  • (must be typed into the address line of your
    web browser)

Human Resource Questions
  • We are about to enter into a potentially
    extraordinary time.
  • In all cases Husky will consider what is
    reasonable and makes most sense for you, your
    co-workers and the Company.
  • The following has been prepared to assist in
    answering questions you may have.

Human Resource Questions
  • Who should I call if I believe I have contracted
    the disease?
  • First Contact should be your Medical Caregiver
  • Complete ECMs confidential on-line Self
    Assessment Tool (SAT)
  • Manager or Supervisor to advise them of your
    fitness to work
  • should I look after myself?
  • Follow the advice of your Medical Caregiver,
  • Stay at home, keep away from work, school or
    crowds as much as possible,
  • Rest take plenty of fluids,
  • Cover your mouth nose with disposable tissues
    when coughing sneezing and dispose of the used
    tissues properly,
  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently
    and thoroughly, especially after coughing or

Human Resource Questions
  • What if Public Transportation is deemed
  • Access to public transportation is generally not
    deemed a valid reason to be away from work.
  • Should this become an issue, employees are
    expected to make alternative transportation
    arrangements (i.e. car or car pooling)
  • Can I work from home?
  • With your supervisors approval you may be
    permitted to work from home.
  • What if I become ill for a prolonged period of
  • If you are ill for a prolonged period of time,
    sick pay will be calculated on your length of
    service as per Huskys Sick/Short Term Disability

Human Resource Questions
  • What will be required from me before I can come
    back to work?
  • If you have been away less than 3 days and
    symptoms no longer exist, there is generally no
    RTW requirement.
  • If you had flu-like symptoms or your illness
    lasted longer than 5 days, you may require a
    fitness to return to work authorization from
    Huskys Health Service provider (i.e. ECM, AOMS).
  • If a co-worker is ill, what should I do?
  • Avoid close contact with people who appear
    unwell, have a fever and / or cough.
  • Continue to manage proper health practices and
    avoid close contact with others you feel may be
  • When a manager has reasonable cause or concern of
    an employees well being, they can refer the
    employee for appropriate medical care.

Human Resource Questions
  • What if I need to care for an ill family member
    or my regular childcare services fail?
  • If you have to stay home to care for an ill
    family member or childcare, vacation and PDO days
    could be used.
  • To assist with possible back up plans consider
  • Human Solutions / EFAP
  • Family and friends
  • Pre-Registering with Kids and Company
  • I would like to enroll
  • 80 / day or 350 for 20 days
  • Pay only when accessed, but must register first

Human Resource Questions
  • What if I have recently returned from a region in
    close proximity to a Pandemic outbreak?
  • Your Medical Caregiver should be aware of your
  • Heed their advice,
  • Complete the SAT,
  • If after 3 days no symptoms present, you would be
    expected at work
  • What is a Region of close proximity?
  • A location that you visited (work or vacation)
    that is known to have a high prevalence of
    infection within its population,
  • Has been deemed as a high risk region during
    your travel by qualified agencies such as
  • World Health Organization,
  • Center for Disease Control,
  • Public Health Agency Canada

Whats Next?
  • Pandemic Plan will be Posted.
  • Staying Healthy
  • Nutritional Lunch and Lean October 21,
  • Wellness Fair October 28 and 29,
  • H1N1 vaccination When available mid November?
  • Visit the posted web sites, Husky bulletin etc.
  • Exercise and get your rest,
  • Practice proper hygiene, hand washing etc..
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