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Travel risk quiz

The medical and security emergency company International SOS has an online quiz which looks at how well a company manages their employees’ risks when travelling abroad.

Operating in global markets means contending with regulations and health and security risks. How confident are you that your organisations travel risk management policies and procedures are up to scratch? the firm asks, making the point that employers have moral and legal obligations to their employees, contractors, volunteers and others such as family members, when working aboard.


The company points also to recent findings that businesses are set to raise their spending on the travel safety of their employees amid a widespread belief that there will be even greater security risks over the next year. Ipsos Mori polling of 1000 business leaders found that 72 per cent believed that traveling became more dangerous last year and more than half (57pc) believe it will become even more perilous over the next 12 months.

Separately, the International SOS Foundation, the not-for-profit body, and Scottish commercial law firm Burness Paull, have published a ‘Sending Workers Abroad’ white paper. Detailing the Duty of Care required by Scottish companies for workers travelling on business and overseas assignments, the paper also provides guidance on risk aversion strategies.

Tim Willis, Security Director UK and Ireland at International SOS said: “Scottish companies need to be proactive and conduct thorough risk assessments before sending workers abroad. This new paper outlines the organisation’s responsibilities towards the health and safety of their mobile workforce, as well as preventive principles, including travel risk policies, risk assessments, training, tracking and communication. By providing a jointly developed paper with the legal experts at Burness Paull we are able to provide organisations with trusted best practice in the planning, preparation, support and debriefing stages of a successful business assignment.”


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