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Title: Pandemic Plan Update


1
Pandemic Plan Update
  • Corporate HSE, Human Resources (HR)
  • October 15, 2009

2
Agenda
  • 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?

3
Influenza A-H1N1 Virus
  • New influenza virus for which humans do not have
    immunity although those over 65 seem to have some
    immunity
  • Comprised of components of human, avian and swine
    virus
  • 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)

4
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

5
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!

6
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)
  • 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

7
Pre-existing Conditions
  • People with the following conditions should
    contact physician as
  • soon as possible after flu like symptoms occur as
    antiviral
  • treatment may be required
  • Pregnancy, Asthma and other lung conditions,
  • Diabetes other Chronic Metabolic Diseases,
    Cardiac Disease,
  • Liver Disease, Impaired Immunity, HIV Infection,
    Chronic
  • Neurological Disorders

8
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
    (coughing/sneezing)
  • Lives on objects for up to 2 days (most
    infectious 8 hours)

9
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
    unknown)
  • Currently seasonal flu only offered to groups
    high risk for complications from seasonal flu

10
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

11
General Precautions
  • Avoid touching your nose, eyes mouth
  • Avoid contact with persons with flu like
    symptoms.
  • 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

12
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

13
References
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • http//www.who.int/en/
  • Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
  • http//www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/alert-alerte/h1n1/index
    -eng.php
  • Alberta Wellness
  • http//www.health.alberta.ca/health-info/influenza
    -H1N1.html

14
  • Questions?

15
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
Normal
Pandemic
Infectious Disease Risk
16
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
    operations.
  • This plan is intended to
  • Protect the health and safety of employees
  • Identify and highlight key dependencies
  • Establish means of clear and sufficient
    communication
  • Define the actions necessary to support ongoing
    operations and deliver essential programs and
    services
  • 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.

17
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
18
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
    7,000
  • 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

19
Pandemic Core Response Team
  • Multi-disciplined team conferences semi-monthly
  • Sharing of best practices, development of
    strategies and tactics, and preparation of
    communications
  • 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

20
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

21
Human Resource Questions
  • Pro-Active Steps
  • Monitor the latest Alberta Health Services
    bulletins and other credible sources of
    information,
  • Immunization Program Administer employee /
    contractor immunization programs if and when
    possible,
  • Provide access to the most current relative
    information,
  • 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.

22
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
    volume.
  • 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.

23
Human Resource Questions
  • Where can I go to learn more about the pandemic
    virus, its symptoms, preventative care and
    supportive information?
  • World Health Organization www.who.int
  • Center for Disease Control www.cdc.gov
  • Public Health Agency Canada www.phac.aspc.gc.ca
  • Ohio Department of Health www.odh.ohio.gov
  • ECM Self-Assessment Tool on the Husky Intranet
  • Intranet http//huskynet.myconnection (takes
    you to www.huskyenergy.com/myconnection/)
  • External website http//www.huskyenergy.com/myco
    nnection/
  • (must be typed into the address line of your
    web browser)

24
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.

25
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
  • Now.how 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
    sneezing,

26
Human Resource Questions
  • What if Public Transportation is deemed
    unhealthy?
  • 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
    time?
  • 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
    policy

27
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
    infected.
  • When a manager has reasonable cause or concern of
    an employees well being, they can refer the
    employee for appropriate medical care.

28
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
  • www.kidsandcompany.ca
  • I would like to enroll
  • 80 / day or 350 for 20 days
  • Pay only when accessed, but must register first

29
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
    travels,
  • 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

30
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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