Introduction to Travel Risk Management and Duty of Care
In the past most organisations’ Health and Safety management have only addressed issues within the workplace and few have expanded their focus to include Travel Risk Management for employees travelling for Business.
The changing Work Health and Safety (WHS) legislation due to the harmonisation of the Occupational Health and Safety Laws across the States and Territories in Australia and the changed definitions within the legislation has increased the exposure of both organisations and individuals within organisations to claims and litigation due to poorly administered Travel Risk Management.
In part the WHS legislation has been changed to attend to the changing practises and methods in which workers are engaged by organisations. As such new terms and definitions have been provided to within the legislations which outline the health and safety responsibilities of people within organisations and workplaces.
Relationship between recommended duties of care
The Figure 1.1 displays the relationship between the recommended duties of care across the differing levels of the organisation as defined by the WHS legislation.
The central column, Duties Associated with the Activity introduces the 4 levels of the organisation, or people within the organisation as defined by the WHS legislation, the nature of the activity column explains what activity is being undertaken at each level of the organisation and the Relevant Standard column defines the standard that is expected to be met at each level of the organisation as defined within the new WHS legislation
This website will outline the major changes in the legislation had how they relate to Travel Risk Management and provide definitions to the new terms, the changed responsibilities of people and organisations under these new terms and will help you identify control mechanisms to address these changes and meet your changed obligations. Where possible, we will simplify the process and relationship with flow charts and supporting business-focused graphics.