Duty of Care Conference
Protecting Workers and Expats Overseas
A key theme of the 2019 conference will be behavioural risk When people move out of their regular settings, their behaviour is likely to change.
The process through which business travellers evaluate their own vulnerabilty and adapt their behaviour is a complex area. Employers are ultimately responsible for ensuring that their travellers are fully aware of the risks posed by travel to a given location but if an employee has a lack of willingness to exercise caution or complacency over the risks, their likelihood of being involved in a health and safety incident rises significantly. How can companies influence their employees precautionary behaviour when they travel abroad for work? Will raising your traveller’s perception of personal risk enhance their precautionary behaviour? Understanding the psychology of travel risk perception and how this might result in behavioural change will assist employers in preparing guidelines and material which stand a better chance of resonating with their workforce. What is your employee’s general predisposition towards risk and how much does this manifest in their assessment of travel risks and behavioural response? Does high risk perception always lead to behavioural change? The costs related to employees who encounter health and safety problems overseas is very high, not to mention the fallout from any resulting lawsuits which may follow.
Duty of care, as it relates to travel safety and risk mitigation is now a widely used expression, embedded in the literature of a burgeoning travel security industry which has arisen from a dramatic shift in the corporate travel risk landscape. With global threat levels involving terrorism, extreme weather, civil wars and other geopolitical factors remaining high, your employees’ awareness and perception of risk has been heightened, as has their understanding of the safe work environment their employers are legally required to provide. Case law from around the world illustrates how employees are effectively demonstrating in court the travel safety negligence of their employers when they sue them following an incident.
How an organisation has prepared for and responded to an incident overseas affecting one or several of their employees, can ultimately mean the difference between life and death, not to mention the fallout from lawsuits, reputational loss and in some jurisdictions, criminal charges and prison sentences for directors. By attending this conference, delegates will be able to hear some of the leading initiatives from corporates and NGOs on how they mitigate risks to their employees and then assess whether their own in-house travel and risk procedures are fit for purpuse and resonating with their workforce. Delegates will be able to ensure they adequately understand the legal implications and liabilities of managing overseas workers and that they are meeting their Duty of Care requirements. The conference will provide an excellent opportunity to network with peers, hear about some of the leading initiatives from companies who are doing it well, swap ideas and best practice and meet face to face the providers who are offering solutions in this area.
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