CDC Outbreak Response Plan

CDC Recommendations for an Infectious Disease Outbreak Response Plan

Updated: 3/19, 5:00 p.m. 

  • Identify possible work-related exposure and health risks to your employees. 
  • Review HR policies to make sure that practices are consistent with public health recommendations and existing state and federal workplace laws.
  • Explore whether you can establish policies and practices, such as flexible worksites and flexible work hours (e.g., staggered shifts), to increase the physical distance between employees and between employees and others. 
  • Identify essential business functions, jobs or roles, and critical elements within your supply chains required to maintain business operations. Plan for how your business will operate if there is increasing absenteeism or these supply chains are interrupted.
  • Set up authorities, triggers, and procedures for activating and terminating the company’s infectious disease outbreak response plan, altering business operations. Work closely with your local health officials to identify these triggers.
  • Plan to minimize exposure between employees and also between employees and the public.
  • Establish a process to communicate information to employees and business partners on your response plans. Anticipate employee fear, anxiety, rumors, and misinformation and plan communications accordingly.
  • Determine how you will operate if absenteeism spikes from increases in sick employees, those who stay home to care for sick family members, and those who must stay home to watch their children if dismissed from school. 
  • Consider cancelling large work-related meetings or events.