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December Safety Brief

12/1/2014

A Note from Leanne...

On September 30th, the Center of Disease Control (CDC) reported the first laboratoryconfirmed case of Ebola in the United States. By October 15th, the US had our second and third confirmed cases: two of the nurses who had provided medical care to the first patient had contracted Ebola. Just 15 days after the first case of this relatively unknown deadly disease was diagnosed in the United States, our country was in pure panic mode.

During this time, the MER Family of Companies began receiving calls inquiring about our Ebola-specific response and containment capabilities. Some of the largest companies in the US wanted to know how we could help them if they had to deal with a suspected or confirmed Ebola-contamination event. Hospitals were looking for guidance on decontamination procedures and clients were asking us to provide support in reviewing their current programs for compliance and effectiveness.

As an organization that takes pride in our preparedness and emergency response planning, the MER Family of Companies was already hard at work updating our Bloodborne Pathogen program to specifically address Ebola. We were already educating our employees on proper Ebola-contamination response procedures and we were already ensuring that our company had the resources necessary to provide our clients with a Best-in-Class response.

As we’ve done so many times in the past, the MER Family of Companies performed best under pressure and proved once again that we are phenomenal at crisis management. To all those involved in the Ebola-preparedness exercise: thank you for your hard work and dedication throughout that very intense period of time. It’s because of you and your commitment to Best-in-Class that our clients continue to look to us for help in their greatest of time of need.

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