Any task undertaken whilst working alone can present particular risks. It’s indisputable that travelling abroad on your own is more risky. Yet it is still your employer’s responsibility that all precautions have been taken to ensure the employee has a safe trip.
So, why are employees more at risk when travelling abroad alone?
Some alarming statistics…
Whilst most visits abroad are trouble free, there are some alarming statistics about travelling abroad.
Your employer should ensure that UK health and safety law is used as best practice to cover your employee’s activity throughout the world; however if local law requires a higher standard of compliance, this must be adhered to.
Off site overseas work visits should be categorized according to risk. In the first instance, this categorisation should be determined by the person intending to travel.
The following hazards should be assessed as part of a risk assessment process:
Examples of visits falling into a high-risk category would include visits to areas for any purposes where the foreign office travel advice states there is a high risk for security and terrorism, any visit to a remote area, fieldwork and research with significant risks attached, or any overseas activities to new or existing areas.
It may be possible for one basic risk assessment to be prepared which covers a number of trips to the same destination. However, this must be frequently reviewed prior to departure to ensure any changes to the risk status of the destination are taken into account.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have produced the ‘Know Before You Go’ campaign to help those travelling abroad stay safe. Skyguard offer the first and only service of its kind in the world to provide full police, paramedic and fire response in 36 countries across Europe and South Africa.