Natural disasters and climate-related catastrophes affect an estimated 231 million people worldwide, according to . And we’ve seen all too many in recent years – the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, earthquake and nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011, cyclone in the Philippines in 2013 and the recent earthquake in Nepal. We see smaller storm events across the Pacific and Caribbean each year. Register here Read full blog post
A new global health security risks survey we published last week found over a third (36 percent) of leading companies – including many Fortune 500 businesses – are concerned employees will contract measles while overseas and bring it to their U.S. workplace, potentially exposing other employees. Read full blog post
It’s important as ever for organizations to have a Global Health Security Plan. The most recent and headline-garnering global medical threat is Ebola, but there others out there, including Malaria, Dengue Fever and even Measles. We have seen Chikungunya spreading from the Caribbean and into places where it has not been seen before. Read full blog post
A new survey of Fortune 500 companies conducted earlier this week by International SOS found that, in spite of the unprecedented outbreak of Ebola, an overwhelming majority (83%) of organizations expect the flu to impact their business more than the virus in the coming months. Furthermore, less than a third of companies surveyed has had an employee request to change their travel plans or declined to travel due to the global outbreak. Read full blog post
The Ebola outbreak continues to grow in concern among the corporate, scholastic and NGO communities. In a poll conducted during a Sept. 4 Ebola update webinar that included senior decision makers from Fortune 100 companies, NGOs and universities, 85-percent of respondents said they are “extremely” (26-percent) or “somewhat” (59-percent) concerned about Ebola affecting their workforce. Read full blog post
As the definition of workplace evolves and companies press deeper into remote territory, we are seeing issues and themes emerge. These are likely to only become more pronounced in the coming years. Read full blog post
Many organizations are moving their pandemic plans into “All Hazard Health Plans” that include seasonal and pandemic influenza, MERS CoV, common infectious diseases, malaria, chemical, biological, radiology and nuclear threats as well as environmental issues such as air pollution. These plans should be standardized globally, but adjustable locally to meet the local health impact and severity. With media attention growing with new outbreaks in Asia, many companies are taking another look at their plans.
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International holiday travel this year is expected to be busier and more challenging than in 2012. There’s a lot happening out there, with events in Ukraine and Bangladesh, smog in China, MERS CoV in the middleeast and even several early snowfalls in the Northeastern United States. To help you minimize the risks that come with travel disruptions, we’ve come up with some common-sense guidelines you can use to have an enjoyable experience—and avoid headaches. As always, advance preparation can make the difference between a satisfying trip and one filled with inconveniences or worse. I’d encourage you to also share these tips with your employees who are traveling for business and leisure.
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As an estimated 3 million Muslims return from Mecca and Medina from the hajj, health officials around the world are on the lookout for any signs of The Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). The illness has caused more than 100 cases and 45 deaths since it surfaced in 2012. Read full blog post