New code of practice helps organizations manage business travel risks
- Published: Wednesday, 28 September 2016 08:37
BSI has published PAS 3001:2016 ‘Travelling for work – Responsibilities of an organization for health, safety and security – Code of Practice’. Developed in association with International SOS this new code of practice advises organizations on how to address and manage the health, safety and security risks posed to their employees who are travelling for work.
PAS 3001 offers organizations recommendations on how to develop, implement and evaluate issues such as travel safety, health and security policy; threat and hazard identification; risk assessment; prevention strategies and incident management.
Howard Kerr, Chief Executive at BSI said: “Global mobility has had a dramatic change on the way that we work today, affording both workers and organizations much greater flexibility but at the same time creating new risks. These risks must not go unchecked and, aside from everyday risks, there may be a significant difference between an assessed medical risk and an assessed security risk for a given location. These differences highlight the complexities organizations face when preparing workers for travel.”
PAS 3001 can be used by any organization with travellers, whether they are workers, volunteers or contractors, subcontractors or students. The code of practice is also applicable to organizations that provide health, safety and security assistance to other organizations. The PAS may be used on its own or integrated into an existing health and safety management system.
BSI states that the benefits of implementing PAS 3001 include:
- Reducing costly interruptions to business activities and allowing for the development of new opportunities which could have otherwise been lost
- Generating a positive return on investment
- Reducing exposure to criminal liability and reputational damage, while enhancing corporate image
- Improving worker motivation through the worker’s perception of a safe and healthy working environment.