Business Continuity - Illness
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The news that swine flu has crossed borders and is affecting an
increasing number of countries is most unwelcome.
Organisations that have installed the management standard
ISO14001 will have an Emergency Preparedness plan and those that have
ISO27001 installed will have a Business Continuity plan in place to
mitigate and offset the effects of an outbreak of illness within their
companies. The threat of a pandemic could mean that staff are absent
from work and those unaffected by the outbreak may not want to go into
work just in case they catch the same illness.
The fear of catching the virus may mean that absence from work may be
greater than it would be normally. The effects on a company with no
advance plan in place may mean that the company is unprepared and may
not actually survive the outbreak.
The economic downturn coupled with the pandemic may be the last straw
for the unprepared organisation.
Tags: Business Continuity Plan, Emergency Preparedness
About the Author
Chris Eden FIBC, MISSA, ACQI is a director of Quality Matters Limited
an established independent management consultancy based in Essex, UK
which specialises in ISO19011 Bespoke Internal
Auditor Training Courses .
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2009-06-08 12:49:15 in Business Articles