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.
Consultancy, Quality Matters Limited.