A new guide on mobile workers’ safety was launched today (June 21) at the Safety and Health Expo in London. The publication, ‘Managing the safety, health and security of mobile workers’, was developed jointly by the International SOS Foundation and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and addresses the need for careful planning and preparation in considering worker wellbeing and medical, personal safety and security issues.
After outlining the principles of assessing risk, the new publication makes the case for dynamic risk assessment, in which risk is constantly re-assessed in line with changing health, security and political conditions.
It underlines the need for safety and planning when travelling on roads, a prominent section to which GRSP contributed. It discusses the choice of accommodation and in managing the risks from non-communicable and communicable diseases. In recognition of the diversity of people who travel for work abroad, the publication also looks at arrangements that may be required for women, older workers, workers with disabilities, workers who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, and students on placement.
In addition, the guide considers how to respond should a critical situation develop, and highlights the need for an emergency action plan to have been established prior to any incident.
In a working environment in which duty of care has become core to an organization’s staffing policies, this guide is a key resource for those managing a mobile workforce, and for those travelling for work or on international assignments.