Business Ethics and H1N1 Swine Flu Disclosure for Employees

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Swine FluThis afternoon a man commented on one of the blog entries about his employer, saying that not only was there a case of H1N1 in his office, but that they did not disclose that case to him or to his co-workers.  Instead, they had the carpet cleaned for the first time in about five or so years, and installed hand sanitizers (which haven’t been refilled in some time).  His question was about the ethics of whether or not to announce such a thing to the employees of the company where he works.  I did some research into this, and found the following.

CDC: What to do for co-workers of an employee who is a suspected or confirmed case of novel influenza A (H1N1) flu:

  • Inform the employees of their exposure to a co-worker with confirmed, probable, or suspected pandemic H1N1 flu during the ill person’s infectious period.
  • Have the employees monitor themselves for symptoms.
  • Advise employees to check with their health care provider about any special care they might need if they are pregnant or have a chronic health condition such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, or emphysema.

Therefore, I find this to be unethical.  I think that the company has a responsibility to inform its’ employees of, not only the situation, but what steps they have taken or will be taking, with immediate results.  What do you think?  Vote in our poll, and if you have more to say, respond in the comment box below!

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Paul Martin

Paul Martin

I am the Director of Multimedia at ProTrainings, as well as the primary blogger here. I take care of the video editing, graphic design and corporate branding that you see on every video and every page on this site, as well as at ProCPR®, ProFirstAid®, ProBloodborne, StudentCPR, etc. My work is literally everywhere that ProTrainings goes. I also handle our Twitter accounts, so be sure to follow us there, if you use twitter! You can be sure that I’m not just an average joe writing this blog, but one of the founders of the company.

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