Travel

Health and safety considerations for travelling for work purposes

When you are travelling for work, wherever you go, you and the School are required to manage the risks to your safety and health.  We do that by asking you to complete a risk assessment which will help you identify potential problems and plan for them.

 

Expectations for travellers

Whenever you travel, for work or not, you should always plan for emergencies.  At the very least, you must know how to access emergency medical care, how to arrange alternative travel or accommodation, and you must ensure you have a means of paying for these if required.

 You should ensure you have adequate travel insurance.  UoE travel insurance is free and can be applied for on University Business Travel site.

UoE Business Travel

More information on booking travel can be found on the Institute Admin page

Institute Admin

 

Templates

If you are using Diversity Travel's self-service option, complete the appropriate form and send to health.safety@ed.ac.uk. Otherwise send the completed form to the relevant Institute Administrator along with your booking request.

For international travel, complete the Travel Risk Assessment - International

 

For overnight trips within the UK, complete the  Travel Risk Assessment - UK

 

 If you will complete your trip within the UK in one day, you should complete a Travel Business Plan and send to your line manager and  relevant Institute Administrator

 

How to assess risk

All risk assessment consists of planning your activity and within that, identifying what can go wrong (hazards) and how bad it would be if it did (severity).  For a travel risk assessment, you need to consider where you are going, how you'll get there, and what you'll be doing when you arrive.  Use the templates above to help you identify and plan for hazards you encounter.  They are designed to draw your attention to particular hazards you should consider, but neither are exhaustive so you should add anything else that might be an issue. 

 

Steps to travel risk assessment

1. Identify the hazards and assess their severity

Travel hazards are anything with the potential to cause you harm while you are travelling, or things that could disrupt your ability to return home .  Once you have identified these hazards, consider how likely they are to affect you and if they do, how severe it will be.  This can vary depending on your personal circumstances so needs to be carefully considered.

Good sources of information for travel within the UK include national and local news reports, and for international travel start with the information provided by the FCDO.

 Foreign and Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)

2. Determine control measures

Control measures are the way you respond to the hazard you've identified.  Think of the ways you will manage the situation if it does end up impacting you, with the aim of reducing the likelihood of it happening it all.  It may not be possible to completely eliminate that risk, so in that case take steps to reduce how bad the impact would be for you.   Your plans should be more detailed for the worst, most likely hazards.

3. Record the information

Use the templates above to record all of the plans you've made.  They are designed to focus you on particular areas of concern, but they are not exhaustive so add anything you need to.  Once completed, email them to your relevant Institute  Administrator or health.safety@inf.ed.ac.uk for approval.

 

Examples
Hazard Identified How likely is it to impact you? How severe would it be if it does? Resulting Risk Possible control measures
Forest fires in region Low risk - FCDO states these are in the area I am travelling to, but I will be staying in an urban centre High risk - fires could destroy my accommodation and/or cause serious injury

Medium

Keep up to date with local news and follow any guidance issued.
Outbreak of respiratory disease Medium risk - the disease is infectious but I will spend most of my time in conference centres/hotels which have already taken steps to control the risk High risk - I am asthmatic so respiratory illness can be bad for me High Follow all local guidance, wear face coverings when outdoors, carry medication,  practice social distancing, avoid travel to areas with high levels of infection
Potential strikes by airline industry staff High - I will be flying to my destination Low - I am able to pay for alternative transport and have no pressing need to return home so delays will not impact me Low Ensure funds available to pay for alternative travel and/or additional accommodation if needed

 

 

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact health.safety@inf.ed.ac.uk to discuss.