How to help prevent the spread of swine flu: free webinar from Scottish Government

Help to enable Scottish businesses prepare for the impacts of swine flu will be offered through an innovative, free-to-access, online seminar on Thursday 12 November, 2009.

Message from the Scottish Government:

Scotland is now experiencing a second wave of pandemic flu.

While forecasts for the numbers of people likely to become ill have been revised down, businesses may still experience disruption to services and supply chains, as well as potential losses in revenue as a result of higher than average staff absences.

That is why the Scottish Government is working with all the major business organisations to provide guidance on sensible measures to maintain business continuity, to be made available on-line on Thursday, November 12.

To join the seminar log on to from any computer. It will take place between 12.30pm and 1.30pm on 12th November. Please log on around 12.20pm for a prompt start. The seminar will consist of a short presentation and an online Q&A session led by David Hutcheson representing the Institute of Directors (Scotland) and the Business Continuity Institute. The online seminar will be recorded and placed on Scottish Government, Business Gateway and business organisations’ websites, ensuring that the guidance continues to be available to businesses across Scotland.

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth John Swinney said:

“While recently published UK-wide planning assumptions for the next 7 months have been revised downwards, the estimates of the proportion of the population who might become ill at any one time are still significant and every business should have plans in place.

“This is not a time to be complacent. Patterns of infection spread could still change, with hot spots resulting in higher than average staff absences in local areas with a knock-on impact on business.

“The online seminar session will communicate key pandemic flu preparedness information which will be of particular benefit to smaller and micro-businesses who may not be getting information through other channels.

“We would encourage firms of all sizes to participate in this event and benefit from free advice to maintain a healthy business. “

We all have a responsibility to limit the spread of disease, reducing the risk within the workplace and perhaps reducing the numbers of staff off at one time. You can do so by encouraging all staff to practice good hygiene measures such as regular hand washing.

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