New OSHA guidance targets pandemic flu

first_img OSHA pandemic influenza guidancehttp://www.osha.gov/Publications/influenza_pandemic.html The guidelines, released Feb 6 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), were developed with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and offer advice for all types of work settings, from retail stores to hospitals. The 47-page document is part of a national pandemic preparation effort detailed in President Bush’s pandemic strategy, the DOL said in a press release. The guide also discusses personal protective equipment for employees. It explains the capabilities and limitations of masks and respirators and walks employers through various respirator options, from disposable N95 masks to models that resist industrial oils. Former HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson, who frequently coaches businesses on pandemic preparations in his current role as chairman of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, praised OSHA for issuing the new guidance. Recommended prevention measures range from supplying workers in lower-risk settings with soap, sanitizer, and other supplies to outfitting employees in high-risk jobs with appropriate respirators. “I’m surprised and excited that OSHA is stepping into this,” Thompson told CIDRAP News, adding that speaking at business conferences puts him in close touch with the concerns business executives have about workplace safety in the event of a pandemic. “The guide is very apropos to what businesses are looking for,” he said. See also: “The more information we have and the more planning we can do, the better off we’ll be,” Thompson said. “This is a good step forward.” Feb 8, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Labor (DOL) has introduced workplace health guidelines to help businesses understand their pandemic influenza risks and what they need to do to prepare. The centerpiece of the guidance is a four-level pyramid that stratifies workplaces by pandemic flu risk zones and links each zone with suggested preventive steps. For example, a data-entry office with little contact with the public would be classified as a lower-risk zone, while a dentist’s office where aerosol-generating procedures are performed would be a “very high” risk zone. The guide walks employers through several pandemic preparation steps, such as stockpiling infection control supplies and providing employees with a central source for pandemic flu information. The document details what businesses should include in their pandemic plans and offers employers several suggestions about how to maintain business operations during a pandemic. Examples include installing plastic sneeze shields in customer-contact areas to minimize exposure to the virus and expanding Internet, drive-through, or home-delivery customer service strategies. Feb 6 OHSA press release “In anticipation of a flu pandemic, our top priority is protecting the safety and health of America’s working men and women,” said Edwin G Foulke Jr, assistant secretary of labor for OSHA. “Employers and employees should use this guidance to help identify risk levels and implement appropriate control measures to prevent illness in the workplace.”last_img read more

Franchises in tourism: An opportunity to enter the global market. Yes, it is possible

first_imgANDRIJA ČOLAK, SURF’N’FRIES: RETURN ON INVESTMENT OF MOBILE SURF’N’FRIES STANDS IS 45 DAYS  Damjana Domanovac and Jadranka Apostolov from the Place2Go franchise presented their print magazine. “The pleasure of reading magazines on fine paper still exists. We cannot compete with the speed of digital media, but there are specialized editions with professional content and top photos that always have an audience. We now have four franchises: in Croatia, France, Slovenia and Serbia, and 90 copies of the magazine sold”, Points out Jadranka Apostolov.  When we talk about the franchise sector, in the tourism sector we have great franchises that are gradually expanding globally to all parts of the world. The Museum of Illusions, Carwiz, Direct Booker, Place2Go, Surf’n’Fries, etc.… and soon some domestic famous players are expected to step through the franchise model into the global franchise business market. “In the Franchise Business Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, our task is to gather franchisors from different parts of the economy and their continuous education and create positive conditions for business. We also want to work on promoting franchises and their better position in Croatia, but also on their better placement in the world. There are about 200 franchises in Croatia at 1000 locations and they employ about 13 people, but only 12 percent are domestic franchises. That share needs to be increased”, Said the assistant director of the Trade Department of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Emma Culi on the occasion of the presentation of Croatian franchises from the Franchise Business Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce  CARWIZ BECAME A CROATIAN TOURIST EXPORT PRODUCT! THROUGH THE FRANCHISE MODEL IT IS EXPANDING TO THE GLOBAL MARKET  The conference is an event held once a year, and its main goal is to network business people of Croatian origin from all over the world, increase investment of emigrants in the homeland and support Croatian companies that are export-oriented by connecting with Croatian chambers and Croatian businessmen around the world. .  ANDRIJA ČOLAK OPENS THE FIRST AGENCY FOR CONSULTING IN FRANCHISE BUSINESS IN TOURISM – CFCG  MUSEUM OF ILLUSIONS AS A CROATIAN TOURIST EXPORT PRODUCT: 16TH MUSEUM OF ILLUSIONS OPENS IN SHANGHAI  Perhaps the most internationally present and most famous Croatian franchise, the fast food franchise Surf’n’Fries, which operates in 20 countries on four continents, was presented by Andrija Čolak. “The biggest step forward with product quality was our attractive packaging design, which does most of the marketing. We now have a variety of format sizes, from large restaurants to small stalls, and we are also working on a fully automated airport concept, which will deliver food and drinks to the customer in 35 seconds. It is interesting to point out that a good number of franchisors in the world are precisely those of Croatian origin”, Concluded Colak. Photo: HGKcenter_img RELATED NEWS: FRANCHISE IN TOURISM Kristina Ercegović, the founder of Business Cafe, points out that as much as 47 percent of our business is arranged with coffee. “It was on the merger of small entrepreneurs that this project of mine was created. The concept is simple and has now been present for more than nine years in seven countries with more than 20 visitors. Through it, jobs worth millions of euros were created “, Adds Kristina Ercegović.   A presentation of successful Croatian franchises was held at the Meeting G2 conference, which will be held from November 4 to 6 at the Zagreb Forum. Nino Dubretic, Direct Booker FROM POMFREE BAR TO A GLOBAL FRANCHISE IN 10 YEARS. AWAKE DREAM  MUSEUM OF ILLUSION THROUGH THE FRANCHISE MODEL CONQUERS AMERICA AND SOON THE WHOLE WORLD Direct Booker is currently the fastest growing private rental agency in the region. Director Nino Dubretić presented the work of this online platform and his vision of business through the franchise model “We now work from Dubrovnik with 91 employees and manage 7000 accommodation units. In Europe, as many as 30 percent of tourist facilities are not on websites like Airbnb and Booking. There is potential for our franchise. We are now present in seven countries under one brand with unique technology and support”, Points out Dubretić. HOLLYWOOD FRANCHISE OPENED MUSEUMlast_img read more

Odion Ighalo’s Future at Watford Hangs in the Balance

first_imgOdion Ighalo looks increasingly likely to quit Watford before the transfer window closes on Tuesday night after he was left out of yesterday’ 0-1  FA Cup loss at Millwall.Watford manager Walter Mazzarri confirmed the club has received official bids for the Super Eagles striker with Chinese club in the forefront of the chase.It was understood Watford is demanding for as much as 25 million pounds for the 27-year-old and Shanghai Shenhua has tabled an offer of 15 million pounds.Ighalo has also been linked with another Premier League club, West Bromwich Albion, who are shopping for another striker following the move of Saido Berahino to Stoke City.Nigeria stars John Mikel Obi and Chinedu Obasi are among the players who have moved this month to China.They join other compatriots like Obafemi Martins and Anthony Ujah in the money spinning Chinese Super League. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more