The Ebola virus appears to continue to spread within and across borders, and while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the risk of a widespread outbreak in the US is low, employers and employees should remain attentive.
Health care workers who care for patients ill with Ebola are at a significant risk of being infected with the virus. Employers or other organizations that either deploy staff to work in centers in the impacted areas or run facilities that may interact with patients can anticipate a real and foreseeable danger for staff who care for the ill. Guidelines for these employees are defined and updated by the CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the International Labour Organization (ILO).
- But what should employers who are not in the business of direct patient care be concerned about?
- How does Ebola impact the human resources and busines continuity or organizations here in the US?
- What can we all do to keep our workplaces and employees safe and secure?
- What can we learn from this recent crisis?