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News : Duty of Care and Risk Mitigation Standard
London January 18, 2016 -- BSI (British Standards Institution) announced the intent to create PAS 3001:2016; a code of practice to provide global organisations with a standardisation document that describes best practices to manage risks and provide duty of care to their employees who are working abroad.
Commissioned by International SOS, a medical and travel security services company, the PAS will provide best practices on assessing risks to employees abroad and developing policies to mitigate those risks.
Howard Kerr, Chief Executive of BSI said:
"For businesses to reach their full potential they must be able to diversify into new markets. Often this means international movement of products, people and services. When it comes to people, which we consider one of the most valuable assets a business can have, they should feel safe and protected in the new territories they venture into. PAS 3001 will provide guidance to employers to safeguard and support their employees when abroad in unfamiliar locations. This in turn allows employees to confidently focus on their jobs and task at hand."
Arnaud Vaissié, Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of International SOS, said:
"Today’s organisations have increasingly large numbers of employees working and travelling abroad. As a result, employers have an increased duty of care to protect their employees. Our goal in supporting this standard is to provide best practices to deliver on that duty of care."
A Publicly Available Specification (PAS) is a sponsored fast-track standard that is developed through a consensus-building process facilitated by BSI. The draft title of PAS 3001:2016 is Working Abroad – The responsibilities of an organisation for health, safety and security – Code of Practice.
BSI will compose a representative steering group of experts from industry, government, and academia that will be responsible for the technical content of the PAS. The PAS will be available for a public consultation period of one month, currently scheduled for March 2016.
Posted by Laura Collins, Editorial Management
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About International SOS:
SOS, a provider of integrated advanced communications solutions for midsize and small businesses, supplies voice, data, and telephony management services. SOS solutions enable organizations to simplify communications, enhance productivity, and leverage real-time business intelligence. Often deployed over a single Internet Protocol platform, SOS’ solutions bridge the gap between legacy phone/data services and sophisticated telephony systems.
About BSI Group:
BSI Group, also known in its home market as the British Standards Institution, is a multinational business services provider whose principal activity is the production of standards and the supply of standards-related services.
Published: Thursday, January 21, 2016