Travelers heading to the Caribbean may face the “The Deadliest Animal in the World,” a pesky and deadly little critter – the mosquito that’s infecting individuals with a less commonly known disease, chikungunya. In fact, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation list this little fly as way more dangerous than shark and snake bites. Read full blog post
Health officials last weekend announced the first imported case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the United States. Read full blog post
There are numerous challenges when it comes to understanding global health risks, including underestimating risks by the employer and employee, a distorted perspective of risks and fragmentation of responsibility. In that vein, employers must develop an integrated Duty of Care risk management strategy that takes into account numerous components, including risk assessment, developing policies and procedures and training and education. Read full blog post
As organizations send travelers and expatriates overseas, many are heading to areas with higher medical risks, including Africa, where malaria is a challenge. World Malaria Day on April 25 reinforces the need for prevention and gives you an opportunity to further educate and remind your employees that it’s preventable. Read full blog post
As the global workforce continues to expand with travelers, expatriates and businesses pushing further into remote regions, so too does the risk of exposure to previously unheard of infectious diseases. It’s against that backdrop that it’s all the more important for organizations to have plans in place to deal with any medical and security risks. Read full blog post
Air pollution is a hot topic at the moment, with Beijing’s terrible smog hitting the news again. The problem is far from being one for the Chinese capital alone, however – many Chinese cities feature in analyses of those worst affected, but numerous others around the world face similar issues, with many in Pakistan, India, Iran and Mongolia being among the worst. Read full blog post
As the definition of workplace evolves and companies press deeper into remote territory, we are seeing issues and themes emerge. These are likely to only become more pronounced in the coming years. Read full blog post
Many organizations are moving their pandemic plans into “All Hazard Health Plans” that include seasonal and pandemic influenza, MERS CoV, common infectious diseases, malaria, chemical, biological, radiology and nuclear threats as well as environmental issues such as air pollution. These plans should be standardized globally, but adjustable locally to meet the local health impact and severity. With media attention growing with new outbreaks in Asia, many companies are taking another look at their plans.
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International holiday travel this year is expected to be busier and more challenging than in 2012. There’s a lot happening out there, with events in Ukraine and Bangladesh, smog in China, MERS CoV in the middleeast and even several early snowfalls in the Northeastern United States. To help you minimize the risks that come with travel disruptions, we’ve come up with some common-sense guidelines you can use to have an enjoyable experience—and avoid headaches. As always, advance preparation can make the difference between a satisfying trip and one filled with inconveniences or worse. I’d encourage you to also share these tips with your employees who are traveling for business and leisure.
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