It is easier than ever to connect with people remotely, but face to face meetings and handshakes are still the preferred business practice, especially in the construction and trades sectors. Travelling for work can expose employees to some risks, here are some tips to help you or your employees travel safer.
The most common risks associated with travelling for work are related to:
- Traffic incidents
- Strains or sprains
- Food, water, or insect based illness
- Cumulative health effects from long hours seated, as well as dietary and exercise routine changes
These risks change greatly based on the situation, factors such as how many people are travelling, the frequency of travel, and the destination can change the preparation necessary to stay safe.
It can be difficult to prevent some risks while travelling, you can’t prevent another locations floor from being slippery, or remove a tripping hazard. There are still however some preventative measures that can help ensure safe and healthy travelling, such as:
- Understand safety practices and principles to help manage exposure to hazards, this can include eating and drinking safely, and other safety precautions.
- Consider vaccinations against illnesses.
- Understand what is and is not covered by your employee benefit program and workers compensation.
- Plan trips to avoid tight deadlines, give yourself enough time to get where you need to be safely, and have time for changes as necessary.
- Ensure your schedule allows time for proper sleep and adjustments if necessary.
- Discuss an emergency preparedness plan with your employer to ensure you and your company know how to handle issues or emergencies before they come up.