Companies restrict travel to SARS-affected countries

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts: Previous Article Next Article Features list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a…center_img SomeUK employers are quarantining staff in a bid to stop infection spreadingFirmsaround the world are erring on the side of caution when it comes to respondingto the threat of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), a study hasconcluded.UKemployers, such as UBS Warburg, Barclays and Asda, have been haltinginternational travel and quarantining staff as a precaution against passing oninfection.Astudy of 400 firms by New York-based consultancy Organization ResourcesCounselors (ORC) found most firms had restricted travel to affected areas or,at the very least, required high-level approval for such trips.Almosthalf had limited travel within affected regions by staff, and more than a fifthwere permitting early homecomings for employees on expatriate assignments.However, whether the quarantine period – usually 10 days – was treated as paidleave, or whether firms expected people to work from home, varied.Firmswere also trying to limit exposure for people working in affected areas byincreasing the use of telecommuting, teleconferencing, and flexible workinghours. Companiesfound getting information out to staff was one of the most effective means ofcombatting the spread of the disease. A total of 82 per cent of those polledsaid they had activated SARS education programmes for staff.Inaddition, 43 per cent were conducting active surveillance of staff withSARS-like symptoms, with some managers required to report suspected SARS. Somecompanies were even screening visitors and asking those who exhibited symptoms,such as coughing, to leave. Occupationalsafety and health managers polled by ORC were concerned that companies did notoverreact. Companies restrict travel to SARS-affected countriesOn 1 Jun 2003 in Coronavirus, Personnel Todaylast_img read more