What is safety training in the context of corporate travel?
Safety training in corporate travel is designed to mitigate all potential risks in domestic and international travel. It is often part of a company’s risk management or corporate travel policy so that a company can exercise duty of care. While travel insurance covers the aftermath of corporate travel incidents, safety training aims to have a more preventative effect.
As a result of training, employees are able to react in all kinds of situations. This ranges from knowing which number to call in the event of an emergency to reacting to an active shooter. The benefits for the company include increased employee satisfaction and reduced losses due to incidents during travel.
What does corporate travel safety training include?
Of course, training depends from company to company, but they do have certain factors in common, for example:
- Flight safety, including security and emergencies
- Hotel safety
- Sexual assault prevention
- Personal safety and security
- Safe travel planning
In exceptional circumstances, companies can offer extra safety training. For example, journalists traveling to conflict zones can receive hostile environment awareness training (HEAT), which includes topics like terrorism training, hostage survival and active shooter training. Furthermore, security awareness in fragile environments (SAFE) training is common for employees traveling to unstable areas.
Companies must achieve a satisfactory duty of care level through continuous training. This can be simply a refresher course or an update to changes in common practices or destination risk.
How do I organize safety training for corporate travel?
Most companies offer in-house training for all employees who are likely to travel to work. While training takes place inside the company, a specialist external company usually undertakes safety training.
Which is better: online training or in-person training?
While online courses are very flexible, allowing employees to undertake training in their own time, in-person training offers many more benefits. For example, attendees engage better, can easily ask questions, and receive tips and encouragement.