Duty of Care – 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.

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