HR Management & Compliance

Common Sense Safety Tips for Business Travel

Yesterday’s Advisor covered some travel expense-saving techniques as well as  Zika-oriented travel safety tips. Today, we’ll take a look at general business travel safety tips.

Traveling comes with quite a few potential pitfalls other than Zika. Do you have short-term medical insurance for traveling employees? Are you aware of all the health risks associated with travel? Do your employees know how to maximize safety while traveling? Let’s take a look at some general safety travel tips that can help.

General Travel Safety Tips

These tips for employees can reduce the risks associated with business travel:

  • Establish a means for tracking employee travel and develop a communication system for emergency situations;
  • Check with the company health insurance provider and consider making short-term medical insurance available for employees who travel;
  • Be sure employees know how to contact the company’s travel insurance or assistance provider while away on business, especially if they’re going outside their home country;
  • Make sure employees with known health risks are fit for travel;
  • Maintain emergency contact information;
  • Avoid sending a concentration of employees in the same plane, train, bus, or livery car; and
  • Conduct training programs to review travel risks and response protocols.

Also, make sure that employees:

  • Know to move away from any type of disturbance not toward the potential threat;
  • Carefully examine rental vehicles to confirm that everything is in good working order before leaving the rental facility;
  • Become familiar with the route they will be traveling and have access to a good navigational system and map or written directions;
  • Pack a travel health kit that includes first-aid supplies, prescription medicine, and over-the-counter diarrhea medicine;
  • Stay hydrated while traveling and avoid alcohol and caffeine to reduce the chance of jet lag;
  • Try to sleep on long flights;
  • Eat healthful meals, exercise, and sleep well to minimize travel-related stress; and
  • In every situation, learn the location of the nearest fire exits, elevators, and phones.