Keeping staff safe


In light of a recent video that UK counter-terrorism police issued advising travellers, The Health Insurance Group has asked if employers are doing enough to keep their expat staff safe.

The company points towards a recent survey by the Association of British Travel Insurers (ABTA), which found that 59 per cent of managers said they were concerned about security and terrorism when their staff travel abroad. With the increase in terror attacks, especially the increase in western cities, combined with the rising number and severity of natural disasters or extreme weather, it is easy to see why companies are worried about their staff abroad, says the Health Insurance Group. 

Employers need to be prepared for these events, and need appropriate cover for their staff, said Sarah Dennis, head of international for The Health Insurance Group. “Having appropriate cover helps them to meet their duty of care wherever their staff are working,” she added.

Half of those that responded to the ABTA survey survey said that staff had experienced at least one issue in the last 12 months.

To combat these unforeseeable, but ever-increasing events, The Health Insurance Group has suggested that companies make it a priority to have policies and processes in place to offer protection and manage any incident that may arise for overseas workers. “The list of preparations should include staying up to date with the foreign and commonwealth office travel advice, establishing evacuation policies and ensuring the relevant insurance cover is in place,” the company said. “As companies grow and extend their operations around the globe they need to consider the provisions put in place both for staff who will be living and working abroad for extended periods and those travelling overseas for shorter trips. Making sure adequate protection is in place not only enables a company to fulfil its legal duty of care obligations, it is reassuring for staff to know they are protected.”