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The pandemic flu preparedness survey, the results of which were released Thursday, was distributed to union leaders across the country who represent health care workers at unionized facilities.

About 43 percent of the respondents said that because of the perceived lack of readiness, some or most of their co-workers would stay home in the event of a pandemic outbreak.

The report, available at, calls on the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue a mandatory standard requiring facilities to protect all health care workers from exposure to pandemic flu.

The survey and report were produced jointly by the AFL-CIO and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; the American Federation of Teachers; the Communications Workers of America; the Service Employees International Union; the United American Nurses; and the United Food and Commercial Workers.

New department hire

The Department of Health and Human Services last week announced the selection of Henry Claypool as director of the agency’s Office on Disability.

Mr. Claypool has 25 years of experience developing and implementing disability policy at the federal, state, and local levels. He also has personal experience with the nation’s health care system from the perspective of a person with a disability.

Mr. Claypool, who sustained a spinal injury more than 25 years ago, has relied on Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security disability insurance and Supplemental Security Income, which enabled him to complete his bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado. He later served as the university’s disability-services director.

Mr. Claypool most recently has served as the policy director at Independence Care System, a managed long-term care provider in New York City.

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