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Manage Risks to Employees from International Travel for Business Purposes

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Manage Risks to Employees from International Travel for Business Purposes

This documents gives guidance on how to protect staff from the risks arising from work-related international travel. It looks at the major foreseeable health and safety risks associated with international travel when staff are on short term assignments. The focus is on accidental, rather than deliberate, harm to employees.

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It does not cover the situations where employees and their families are transferred abroad for permanent postings and does not cover situations for those in healthcare professions or those sent out to deal with emergencies, either humanitarian or natural disasters. It is also not intended to identify all the work-related risks that could be encountered when employees visit other worksites abroad as these should be subject to their own risk assessment and risk management control measures that all employees, including visiting employees should follow

The advice is not mandatory but is intended to show the extent of employer obligations to assess and control risks from reasonably foreseeable events inherent to your business operations. The primary purpose is to prevent harm to your employees from work –related international travel. If there is a potential for harm to your employees and business then it is a risk that should be managed, minimised or prevented by an employer