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Safety Without Borders

Good health and safety often goes hand in hand with good quality, too. Organisations with poor health and safety records often find that quality suffers* – basically, if they’re willing to take shortcuts in one area, they probably will in others. On the other hand, if your staff are healthy and safe while working abroad, they’ll also be well placed to produce top quality work.

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Globalisation and the search for new business opportunities are encouraging many organisations to send more and more staff abroad on business. This guide covers some of the issues that you need to consider, whether you’re sending staff on short business trips or posting them overseas for longer periods. It also gives some useful contacts that can help you manage the health and safety of staff while they’re away.

Safety without borders has two parts. The first is aimed at safety practitioners, managers and directors responsible for staff who travel overseas on business. It looks at commonly encountered issues, highlighting personnel hazards and associated risks. There’s also a working abroad action plan (pages 12–13). Once you’ve been through the action plan and agreed what you need to do, you can include the results as part of a risk assessment for individual travellers. The second part – Safety without borders – employees’ guide – contains a series of checklists for travelling employees. It gives advice on what they need to do before they go, as well as how to stay healthy and safe once they’ve arrived.