What’s Ahead? Future Health Challenges Facing the Oil and Gas Industry

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Every day the oil and gas industry faces a multitude of global health care challenges, ranging from the exotic to the mundane. Oftentimes the industry operates in remote areas, and the nearest hospital may be a two-hour plane ride away. Therefore, to ensure employees and their families receive the medical care they need, many oil and gas companies have built clinics and emergency stabilization facilities, and in some cases, full hospitals onsite. Read full blog post »

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On the Ground in Vanuatu, Responding to Natural Disasters

This week, International SOS, deployed an Incident Response Team to Vanuatu to assist clients on the ground in the wake of Cyclone Pam. Comprised of medical, security and logistics specialists, they continue to assess the medical and security risks and evacuation options for expatriates and travelers there. Read full blog post »

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2015: Risks and Threats Ahead

Each year Control Risks, which has analysts in 36 offices around the world, releases its RiskMap a look at the business environment in the coming year. We’ve been rating country risk since the early 1980’s, and what we found in the 2015 RIskMap continues a disturbing trend: Risk ratings have been worsening steadily since the Financial Crisis and there’s no sign of improvement through 2015. Register here. Read full blog post »

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2015: The Risks Ahead

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The year 2014 was busy when it came to global events. And as we reach the middle of December, it has not slowed down. There was the Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine; the continued rise in power by the terrorist group ISIS in the Middle East; to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. All of these global events kept security, travel, medical and HR folks up at night. Read full blog post »

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Healthy, Safe and Secure: Promoting Awareness for Women

Security and health risks are highly variable and depend on the nature of the traveler, the destination and the activities. Earlier this month, I participated in a panel that looked at “Five Golden Rules” that are designed to help prevent exposure to and limit the impact of the security and health risks that female travelers may encounter. You can listen to the full recording, download the presentation and the executive briefing (which has more information on each of the rules). Read full blog post »

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A Focus on Southeast Asia: Common Tripwires to Avoid

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Typhoons. A coup and social unrest in Thailand. New and emerging threats in Myanmar. Travel security issues in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines continue due to crime, social unrest, and terrorism. These are just a handful of the issues facing not only international travelers, but the organizations that are sending representatives to these areas. Read full blog post »

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Timely Tips for Healthy and Safe International Summer Travel

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With the summer season in full swing, many of your employees are likely taking advantage of time off to travel abroad. That means they may be headed further from home and to unfamiliar destinations. During this busy season, extra vigilance and advance planning can go a long way toward avoiding many common summer travel problems. Read full blog post »

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Countdown to World Cup – Less than One Month

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With the World Cup set to kick off in Brazil on June 12, many organizations are setting plans into motion to be sure their travelers (and VIPS) remain healthy, safe and secure. For many of those organizations, planning for medical and security incidents started many months ago. Now, it’s time to be sure that travelers headed to the games are prepared for what they may face there. Read full blog post »

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