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1 Pandemic Plan Update Corporate HS&E, Human Resources (HR) October 15, 2009

2 Agenda Husky’s Pandemic Plan Update  The Facts:  Medical review by The ECM Group  Husky’s Pandemic Plan:  An overview by HS&E  What About me?  HR related questions and answers  What’s Next?

3 Influenza A-H1N1 Virus New influenza virus for which humans do not have immunity although those over 65 seem to have some immunity Comprised of components of human, avian and swine virus Most cases have resulted in mild symptoms but it has resulted in deaths in the younger age groups (4100 world wide, 76 Canada, 8 Alberta)

4 Seasonal Flu 250,000 to 500,000 deaths annually associated with seasonal flu 4000 deaths in Canada Deaths mostly in high risk groups: 65+, chronic disease, immunosuppressed

5 Pandemic Level 6 World Health Organization (WHO) Confirms Pandemic Phase 6 – June 11, 2009 Sustained human to human transmission: three generations are involved – i.e. the virus has passed from person A to person B and then to person C. Pandemic Alert Levels are about the spread of the virus not about severity!

6 Symptoms of H1N1 Similar to Seasonal Flu and include: fever, cough, sore throat, headache, chills, fatigue and in some cases vomiting and diarrhea (usually sudden onset – more severe than cold symptoms) Symptoms needing urgent medical attention: difficultly breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion and severe and persistent vomiting, fever > 3 days

7 Pre-existing Conditions People with the following conditions should contact physician as soon as possible after flu like symptoms occur as antiviral treatment may be required: Pregnancy, Asthma and other lung conditions, Diabetes & other Chronic Metabolic Diseases, Cardiac Disease, Liver Disease, Impaired Immunity, HIV Infection, Chronic Neurological Disorders

8 H1N1 Infectious Period 1 day before onset of illness 7 days after onset of illness or 24 hours after fever has resolved (without medication) whichever is longer. Spread primarily through droplets in the air (coughing/sneezing) Lives on objects for up to 2 days (most infectious – 8 hours)

9 H1N1 Vaccine Will be available in November 2009 Will be provided through Alberta Health Services May require a waiting period between seasonal flu vaccination and receiving H1N1(duration currently unknown) Currently seasonal flu only offered to groups high risk for complications from seasonal flu

10 General Precautions If you have flu like symptoms – stay home seek medical advise if symptoms worsen, Frequent hand washing with soap and water. Alcohol based (at least 60%) hand cleansers are also effective, Cover nose and mouth with tissue when you cough or sneeze (dispose of tissue and wash hands) –If no tissue - Use upper sleeve

11 General Precautions Avoid touching your nose, eyes & mouth Avoid contact with persons with flu like symptoms. Practice good health habits: good nutrition, exercise & adequate sleep Wearing a mask is not recommended for prevention Antiviral medication not recommended for prevention of H1N1

12 Be Prepared At home stock up on: thermometer, acetamenophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen, fluids and food to last several days. Arrange to have some one who can assist you with child care or shopping. Obtain information on how to care for yourself or others (Alberta Health and Wellness Website) Familiarize yourself with ECM’s Self Assessment Tool form online on Husky’s website and ECM’s

13 References World Health Organization (WHO) Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Alberta Wellness

14 Questions?

15 Infectious Disease Risk ‘Normal’Pandemic WHO Phase 1 WHO Phase 2 WHO Phase 3 WHO Phase 4 WHO Phase 5 WHO Phase 6 ‘Normal’ Cold & Influenza Season Localized Disease Outbreaks / Epidemics Pandemic Response Phases of a Pandemic

16 Pandemic Plan Purpose (Overview): In conjunction with BCP, provide site-specific guidelines and strategies to ensure a consistent, timely and effective response to infectious disease events and to minimize impacts on employees and operations. This plan is intended to: –Protect the health and safety of employees; –Identify and highlight key dependencies; –Establish means of clear and sufficient communication; –Define the actions necessary to support ongoing operations and deliver essential programs and services; –Outline specific roles, processes and support systems for day-to-day operations, and provide support to Husky locations during a pandemic crisis; and –Enable business areas to maintain as robust a service as possible to Husky customers and stakeholders in any major incident thus protecting the reputation of the organization and maintaining stakeholder confidence.

17 Response Levels - WHO Phases Husky Response LevelWHO Phase NormalNormal operationsPhase 1No new influenza virus subtypes AlertAwareness of issue – planning underway Phase 2 and 3Circulating animal subtype poses threat Level 1Increase readiness, test response plans Phase 4Small clusters of human infection Level 2WHO Phase 5 PLUS 15% absenteeism – take active measures Phase 5Large clusters of infection, but localized Level 3WHO Phase 6 PLUS 30% absenteeism – take aggressive measures Phase 6Pandemic – increased and sustained transmission

18 H1N1 Status Currently, Husky Response Level 1, WHO Phase 6 (Husky will remain at Level 1 even if WHO Phases are at 5 or 6 unless there is a local outbreak) In Canada, 78 deaths due to H1N1 Deaths in regular influenza season: 4,000 to 7,000 Virus peaked in Canada in first 3 weeks of June, waned and is peaking again, but did not mutate significantly (low to moderate severity) Some antiviral resistant strains identified

19 Pandemic Core Response Team Multi-disciplined team conferences semi-monthly Sharing of best practices, development of strategies and tactics, and preparation of communications Deliverables: Developed Pandemic Plan Key messages, bulletin articles, dark website Template / checklist for site preparedness Wallet cards / 1-800 employee number On-line diagnosis tool / absenteeism tracking Increased sanitization

20 CERT Responsibilities at Level 3 Make decisions on separation or segregation of staff (travel restrictions / meeting restrictions / working from home) Coordinate field sites in implementing their business continuity plans and prioritizing critical operations Defer non-critical activities

21 Human Resource Questions Pro-Active Steps:  Monitor the latest Alberta Health Services bulletins and other credible sources of information,  Immunization Program: Administer employee / contractor immunization programs if and when possible,  Provide access to the most current relative information, Web site, Bulletin, Lunch & Learn  Providing hand sanitizers,  Template / checklist for site preparedness  Wallet cards / 1-800 employee number  Maintain the On-line Self Assessment Tool (SAT), and training via Lunch & Learn sessions.

22 On-Line Health Assessment Tool (SAT):  ECM Health Services Provider Referral - via way of the confidential Self Assessment Tool.  Expected turnaround is 24 hours depending on volume.  The objective of this on-line tool is provide information about Influenza / H1N1 and to provide access to our Health Service Provider (ECM) for an “initial assessment”, enabling employees to have questions and health concerns accurately and quickly addressed.

23 Human Resource Questions  Where can I go to learn more about the pandemic virus, its symptoms, preventative care and supportive information? World Health Center for Disease Public Health Agency Ohio Department of ECM Self-Assessment Tool on the Husky Intranet –Intranet: http://huskynet.myconnection (takes you to: –External website: (must be typed into the address line of your web browser)

24 Human Resource Questions  We are about to enter into a potentially extraordinary time.  In all cases Husky will consider what is reasonable and makes most sense for you, your co-workers and the Company.  The following has been prepared to assist in answering questions you may have.

25 Human Resource Questions  Who should I call if I believe I have contracted the disease? –First Contact should be your Medical Caregiver –Complete ECM’s confidential on-line Self Assessment Tool (SAT) –Manager or Supervisor to advise them of your fitness to work  Now….how should I look after myself? –Follow the advice of your Medical Caregiver, –Stay at home, keep away from work, school or crowds as much as possible, –Rest & take plenty of fluids, –Cover your mouth & nose with disposable tissues when coughing & sneezing and dispose of the used tissues properly, –Wash your hands with soap and water frequently and thoroughly, especially after coughing or sneezing,

26 Human Resource Questions  What if Public Transportation is deemed “unhealthy”? –Access to public transportation is generally not deemed a valid reason to be away from work. –Should this become an issue, employees are expected to make alternative transportation arrangements (i.e. car or car pooling)  Can I work from home? –With your supervisors approval you may be permitted to work from home.  What if I become ill for a prolonged period of time? –If you are ill for a prolonged period of time, sick pay will be calculated on your length of service as per Husky’s Sick/Short Term Disability policy

27 Human Resource Questions  What will be required from me before I can come back to work? –If you have been away less than 3 days and symptoms no longer exist, there is generally no “RTW” requirement. –If you had flu-like symptoms or your illness lasted longer than 5 days, you may require a “fitness to return to work” authorization from Husky’s Health Service provider (i.e. ECM, AOMS).  If a co-worker is ill, what should I do? –Avoid close contact with people who appear unwell, have a fever and / or cough. –Continue to manage proper health practices and avoid close contact with others you feel may be infected. –When a manager has reasonable cause or concern of an employees well being, they can refer the employee for appropriate medical care.

28 Human Resource Questions  What if I need to care for an ill family member or my regular childcare services fail? –If you have to stay home to care for an ill family member or childcare, vacation and PDO days could be used. –To assist with possible “back up plans” consider: Human Solutions / EFAP Family and friends Pre-Registering with Kids and Company: – –“I would like to enroll” –$80 / day or $350 for 20 days –Pay only when accessed, but must register first

29 Human Resource Questions  What if I have recently returned from a region in close proximity to a Pandemic outbreak? –Your Medical Caregiver should be aware of your travels, –Heed their advice, –Complete the SAT, –If after 3 days no symptoms present, you would be expected at work  What is a “Region of close proximity”? –A location that you visited (work or vacation) that is known to have a high prevalence of infection within its population, –Has been deemed as a “high risk” region during your travel by qualified agencies such as: World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control, Public Health Agency Canada

30 What’s Next?  Pandemic Plan will be Posted…….  Staying Healthy; –Nutritional Lunch and Lean: October 21, –Wellness Fair: October 28 and 29, –H1N1 vaccination: When available; mid November? –Visit the posted web sites, Husky bulletin etc. –Exercise and get your rest, –Practice proper hygiene, hand washing etc..

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