Improved pandemic preparedness
Following the peak of the H1N1 virus in October 2009, CASA reviewed the effectiveness of its Pandemic Preparedness Plan in an operational context. The plan held up during the operational phase and demonstrated CASA’s capacity to respond effectively to external health threats from a continuously changing and relatively unpredictable environment.
Some improvement measures were identified to manage the high information flow for potential threats in the future.
New measures were introduced as standard operational activities for high-risk employees:
- a vaccination program for the H1N1 virus in November 2009, available to all staff in all locations (19 per cent of employees were vaccinated as part of the program)
- continuous improvement to online health and safety advisory services for all overseas travellers (134 staff travelled to overseas destinations in 276 trips, and all received pre-travel medical and location-specific health and safety advice).