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The continuing threat of terrorism, the recent civil unrest in Arab countries, floods and other natural disasters coupled with tighter legislation, make it essential for any organisation to provide proper health and safety information for its employees – particularly those travelling to high risk areas. So say the people behind Boiling Frog – a travel and health app that has been created by ex-special forces and medical people.
The duty of care for employees rests with senior management and, at just £1.79, Boiling Frog is say organisers a way of potentially reducing the risk of an incident that could lead to an individual or organisation being found guilty of negligence, breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act or the new Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act. While equipping employees with Boiling Frog may not be deemed to provide a sufficient level of care on its own, it is say organisers a start and demonstrates intention to provide employees with useful information covering a range of scenarios.
Boiling Frog provides advice on everything from travel preparation, how to deal with unwelcome surveillance to being shot at and minimising the risk of being abducted, it also deals with all the most common ailments that people suffer from when travelling – from sunburn and food poisoning to malaria. There’s a quiz designed to test just how prepared and knowledgeable people are before they go.
Boiling frog is available at the App Store at www.apple.com. It works on over 100 smartphones including i-Phones, BlackBerry, Nokia OVI and many other android phones.
The men behind Boiling Frog:
Hugh Martin is an ex Special Forces officer who founded Boiling Frog and also co-founded Fox Delta, a company that advises ambassadors, judges and MEPs on travel to remote or dangerous areas around the world. Hugh was also the winning skipper in a round-the-world yacht race with his wife, Lucy.
Ben Soames is an ex Royal Marine who has served in the Gulf War and is an anti-piracy and close protection man. As the co-founder of Fox Delta, Ben continues to work in many of the most dangerous parts of the world, on the safety of everyone from politicians to senior figures within industry.
Peter King-Lewis is a GP with a range of medical experience who cares for people of all ages, including babies and children. As a former doctor in Royal Navy, Peter was responsible for the emergency and primary care of 400 personnel on extended deployment in foreign waters. He has travelled extensively.
Ashley Scott is Head of Training for the Oxfordshire Ambulance NHS Trust and also develops medical training programmes for the Police, Oxfam and the Fire Service. Ashley served in several countries as a front line soldier and later as the Regimental Medic in the Parachute Regiment and more recently has worked as a medical consultant.
The boiling frog story is a widespread anecdote. If a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump straight out but, if it is placed in cold water which is slowly brought to the boil, the frog won’t sense the danger it’s in until it’s too late. In the same way we can often miss the warning signs when things gradually happen around us that could put us at risk. Visit –