Australasian employers are failing to protect their staff, with only 37 percent of companies assessing risk before sending staff overseas, a recent study found.
International SOS Duty and Care research and Travel Risk Management study revealed that companies are not looking after their staff whilst abroad.
Research author Professor Claus said Australasian companies are seriously underestimating the risk to their employees travelling abroad.
Every travel approval should include an employee risk assessment prior to departure, Professor Claus said.
Your duty of care obligation to your employees is ensuring that employees are oriented to the foreseeable risks and threats they are likely to encounter.
Professor Claus added that any employees with heightened heath risk or personal concerns needs to be acknowledged before they travel overseas.
Additionally, new Commonwealth Workplace Health and Safety laws stipulate that companies should know that the term worker now includes employees, volunteers, contractors, sub-contractors, apprentices, work experience students and outworkers.
Meanwhile, the term workplace now incorporates any place where an employee is likely to go to while they are at work.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P