2013 Global Framework – Safety, health and security for work-related international travel and assignments.

 
  • Behaviour
     
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  • Information
     
  • Learning
     
  • Culture of prevention
     
 
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Description:

About the Global Framework:
This strategic framework guides the organisation in identifying threats and hazards, and managing risks to the safety, health and security of those travelling for their work or on international assignment.

It leads the organisation through setting up a travel and assignment safety, health and security policy integrated within its existing policy structure. The framework sets out measures to formulate an organisation’s travel risk and emergency management system, proposing key roles and responsibilities as well as developing competencies through training and education.

The planning and implementation section of the document guides the organisation under the capstone of the policy, to develop a situational analysis of where the organisation is at present and what needs to be established to effectively identify threats and hazards, and to assess risks, provide control measures or other means to identify the threat and hazard, and to prevent, eliminate, control and mitigate the risk. Part of the planning and implementation process is also to develop and maintain a system to effectively manage emergencies and crisis, on both an organisation-wide and a local level.

As with any effective management system, this guidance also outlines a range of different ways to consider the measures necessary to evaluate the effectiveness of the system through means such as performance measurement, incident investigation, auditing and management review as well as a means to develop actions to continually improve the system.









































Target group:

Organisations, e.g. Multinational corporations, governments and NGOs, with a mobile workforce working remotely or overseas.





































































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Subject matter:

This strategic global framework guides the organisation in identifying threats and hazards, and managing risks to the safety, health and security of those travelling for their work or on international assignment.

While there are a number of instruments available to help protect the safety and health of workers, they are mainly focused on domestic issues. There remains a need to help organisations address their safety, health and security responsibilities towards workers (including employees, contractors and volunteers) travelling or on international assignment including their dependents. Providing this protection is an integral part of competitiveness / legal compliance and delivering their corporate social responsibility aspirations.

The framework leads the organisation through setting up a travel and assignment safety, health and security policy integrated within its existing policy structure. The framework sets out measures to formulate an organisation’s travel risk and emergency management system, proposing key roles and responsibilities as well as developing competencies through training and education.






























































Background:

A benchmarking study of 628 organisations (718 respondents) carried out by International SOS on all inhabited continents, except South America, revealed that a significant number of organisations have put into place good practices designed to prevent problems, and protect travellers and international assignees. These organisations take a comprehensive approach to managing these risks by incorporating them within their broader occupational safety, health and security functions. Providing this protection is an integral part of competitiveness / legal compliance and delivering their corporate social responsibility aspirations.

While there are a number of instruments available to help protect the safety and health of workers, they are mainly focused on domestic issues. There remains a need to help organisations address their safety, health and security responsibilities towards workers (including employees, contractors and volunteers) travelling or on international assignment including their dependents.

The International SOS Foundation, under its mandate, has facilitated a meeting of leading international occupational safety, health, security and risk management experts with a view to providing organisations, workers and professionals in these disciplines with a document to help them realise their organisations’ responsibilities. In doing so it has drawn on a number of sources, including but not limited to the International Labour Organization, the Health and Safety Executive (UK), the Government of Australia, the Government of Canada, the International Organisation of Employers, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (UK), the Universities Safety and Health Association (UK), Price Waterhouse Coopers, and
International SOS.

About International SOS Foundation:
The International SOS Foundation seeks to improve the welfare of people working abroad through the
study, understanding and mitigation of potential risks. The foundation was started in 2011 with a grant
from International SOS, the world’s leading medical and travel security services company. It is a fully
independent, non-profit organisation.
www.internationalsosfoundation.org

Prizes won:

In 2014, the International SOS Foundation was recognised by the Forum of Expatriate Management with an EMMA award for 'Best Thought Leadership' for its Global Framework.

Publisher:

International SOS Foundation

Address:

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United Kingdom

Telephone:

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E-mail:

info@internationalsosfoundation.org

URL:

internationalsosfoundation.org

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