Health and safety

Prior to a member of staff being employed overseas a risk assessment should be carried out by the recruiting manager to ensure that any risks are identified and where appropriate, steps are taken to mitigate these.  Action will also need to be taken to ensure that the University complies with any local legislative requirements relating to Health and Safety.   A more detailed risk assessment must be undertaken for assignments that will involve greater risks, including postings to destinations/areas where the Foreign & Commonwealth Office advises against travel (or ‘all but essential’ travel), or where the planned activities are deemed to be potentially hazardous.  
 
Where staff are employed through a partner organisation or seconded overseas it is important to ensure that the responsibilities of both the University and partner organisation for the Health and Safety of the employee and compliance with local legislative requirements are clarified, in an agreement, prior to staff commencing employment. It is desirable that where a partner organisation has country specific Health and Safety expertise that this should be utilised.

Where a member of staff based overseas is directly employed by the University it may be necessary to procure specialist Health and Safety advice to ensure compliance with relevant country specific requirements.

Further advice and guidance on Health and Safety considerations and undertaking risk assessments can be viewed at the Health, Safety and Wellbeing website. 

ACTIONS
Manager to complete a risk assessment (obtaining guidance from Health, Safety and Wellbeing if necessary)
Employee to read information on travel on the Insurance website