Tracking Employee Travel Key to Bird Flu Preparedness Plans

Philadelphia -- Tracking employee travel is the most prevalent aspect of plans by large companies to deal with a widespread outbreak of avian flu, according to a new survey.

Travel locator services were cited by more than three-quarters of respondents, who were drawn from 100 of the Fortune 500 companies, according to the survey, which was conducted by International SOS, which provides travel and medical assistance to organizations.

Second on the list of pandemic-preparedness plans was employee health-risk mitigation training, at 73 percent; followed by formalizing work-from-home policies, 70 percent; and stockpiling of sterile masks and gloves, 41 percent.

"The survey confirms something we've been seeing happen incrementally," said Dr. Myles Druckman, vice president of medical assistance for International SOS. "Organizations with distributed, global workforces want to be as prepared as they can be for the potential of pandemic, and the ability to track and manage employee travel, especially in areas of elevated risk, is central to those efforts."