Development of emergency recovery plans vital for Ohio businesses
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC), the federal government, other state governments, communities
and industries have taken steps to prepare for and respond to a potential pandemic outbreak.
A contingency plan is essential to combat a disease outbreak that could easily spread when there is little or no
immunity in the human population. BWC urges employers to develop preparedness plans as they do for other public health
In the event of a pandemic, businesses will play a key role in protecting employees' health and safety. Employers also
will play a part in limiting the negative impact to themselves, the economy and society in general. Companies
that provide critical infrastructure services, such as power and telecommunications, also have a special responsibility
to plan for continued operation in a crisis and should plan accordingly.
A number of Federal and State agencies have developed resources to assist businesses in planning for a global disease
outbreak and other comparable catastrophes. The links below offer guidelines and check lists for business and industry planning:
Pandemic Preparedness for Emerging Infectious Diseases (NIOSH)
Business Preparedness and Continuity Planning