Flu pandemic: Preparedness handbook

The preparedness handbook describes the measures to be taken to protect employees from infection and keep a business running in the event of a pandemic. It is geared to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The handbook was prepared by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) in cooperation with the EKP (the federal commission responsible for preparing for and combating pandemics) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). It is designed to help businesses and public authorities make appropriate preparations.


There are two main goals: to keep the organisation’s infrastructure running to make sure essential business processes can still function, and to minimise the risk of infection at the workplace (by means of organisational and material planning).

Aids to planning

The following documents are designed to help organisations assess the situation and plan accordingly. They can be downloaded on this site.

  • Editable Word templates for individual planning or checklists, Pandemic plan: tables”
  • State Secretariat for Economic Affairs FAQ: pandemics and businesses


Swiss Influenza Pandemic Plan PDF

Swiss Influenza Pandemic Plan 2018

Strategies and measures to prepare for an influenza pandemic in Switzerland

Further relevant documents are available in German and French.

Last modification 31.08.2018

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