The effect of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic on employment is huge, as employees are urged to self-isolate, people are told to avoid social contact, and businesses close their doors. The Covid-19 coronavirus, Ebola, MERS, SARS, swine flu and bird flu are all examples of infectious diseases that have had a significant impact on business travel or have led to public health policies that employers need to adhere to. This category also covers other infectious diseases that have affect workplace activities in the past as employers move to protect their staff from potential infection or deal with the fallout of large scale epidemics or pandemics.

Coronavirus: Cathay Pacific employees asked to take unpaid leave

5 Feb 2020

Cathay Pacific Airways has asked its employees to take three weeks’ unpaid leave after it was forced to cut 90%...

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Coronavirus arrives in the UK

30 Jan 2020

Aircraft from Wuhan with 110 passengers due to arrive in UK at 1.30pm - passengers set for 14 days' quarantine.

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Coronavirus: employers urged to avoid business travel

23 Jan 2020

Employers should postpone or cancel business travel to the region of China that has been hit by an outbreak of...

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Occupational health research round-up: February 2019

1 Feb 2019

Work-related cancers cost billions
Occupational cancers account for more than 100,000 deaths a year in the European Union, according to...

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Zika virus and business travel : six duty of care actions for employers

1 Dec 2016

As evidence of the effect of the Zika virus grows, employers must address their responsibilities. Dr Jonathan O’Keeffe explains.

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How to avoid the risks associated with business travel

1 Sep 2016

What preparations should companies make to cut down on the risks associated with business travel? Rob Walker, of International SOS...

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How can HR protect the safety of globally mobile employees?

8 Jun 2016

Employees are posted to ever more countries, yet threats like natural disasters, terrorism and medical endemics loom large. What can...

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ebola outbreak

Ebola: Five best practices when planning for an outbreak

23 Feb 2016

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has changed the way society at large considers, prepares, plans and responds to health...

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Why healthcare workers need seasonal influenza vaccination

26 Aug 2015

Seasonal influenza vaccinations are important for healthcare workers in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Occupational health adviser Grant Ciccone...

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Occupational health profile: Helen Kirk, professional lead (nursing and midwifery), Public Health England

2 Jul 2015

Among her many responsibilities, occupational health nurse Helen Kirk is leading a nursing revalidation pilot at Public Health England (PHE)....

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Keeping employees safe in high-risk environments

18 Jun 2015

The ongoing threat of Ebola and terrorist attacks on journalists in the Middle East bring into focus the issues employers...

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Infectious diseases and occupational health nursing: a Singapore perspective

1 May 2015

Experience as an occupational health (OH) professional based in Singapore has led Grant Ciccone to the view that biological hazards,...

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Avoiding sharps injuries: put prevention before cure

30 Oct 2014

Needlestick injuries (NSIs) are one of the most common injuries for healthcare workers. Clare Tregoning discusses what measures can be...

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Nurses at the hospital in Madrid, where nurse Teresa Romero was infected with Ebola, protest at spending cuts. REX/ZUMA

Ebola: should employers prepare?

22 Oct 2014

With developments on the spread of the Ebola virus hitting the headlines, and world leaders calling on the international community...

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Managing expats in dangerous areas: what employers need to know

29 Jun 2010

Political unrest in Thailand has highlighted the dangers companies face when sending staff to work in far-flung parts of the...

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