RMs: Take Precautions With SARS Risk managers of organizations with international locations need to plan ahead for the possibility of an outbreak or exposure of employees to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, according to a national insurer organization.

There are two ways risk managers can prepare their companies, said Keith Lessner, vice president, safety and environment for the Alliance of American Insurers in Downers Grove, Ill. The first step, he said, is to keep their employees away from countries where these outbreaks have occurred.

"Those countries are well-defined, especially Asian countries with a high incidence of these cases reported," Mr. Lessner said. There have been some outbreaks in Canada, and there have been approximately 85 reported cases in the United States.

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