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Travel safety policy important for business travellers

Anvil Group : 18 July, 2008  (Technical Article)
The Anvil Group warns business leaders of the importance of traveller safety after Barclay Card survey published astonishing revelation that many business leaders consider airport security to be a waste of time.
The Anvil Group, a specialist in crisis avoidance services, is advising business travellers on the importance of safety and security at airports in light of the recent survey results released by Barclaycard Business. The Barclaycard Business Travel survey found that over 17% of CEO's were less tolerant to airport security policies and thought them a waste of time. The Anvil Group advises travellers not to loiter in any crowded area, whether an airport, train station or anywhere else, but continue to move through them in a controlled pace to avoid becoming a target.

Business travel is an important part of corporate success. Despite the current economic climate, the need for business travel both domestically and internationally remains. With security issues being top of the corporate agenda, businesses need to ensure that the traveller is aware of the company Travel Safety and Security Policy and adhere to certain common-sense measures. "It is important that senior level executives understand that the higher up they are on the corporate ladder, the greater the risk for kidnap and extortion or being a high-level target," warns The Anvil Group Director, Matthew Judge. "If a company does not carry out a proper risk assessment of a travel destination it is willingly placing its employees in harms way and not equipping them with adequate information that might have a significant impact to their health, safety and wellbeing."

While the survey also found that 90% of business travellers feel safe when travelling through airports, it is still of utmost importance to remain alert at all times. "Though there have been drastic improvements in airport security in recent years it is worth remembering that the trip from the airport to the hotel exposes the traveller to even more threats," Judge adds. "Travellers should move through check-in and security to the departure lounge as quickly as possible to avoid exposure in un-secure and crowded areas. In today's global environment there is no room for lacklustre attitudes towards safety and security."

To better protect employees from threats, businesses can utilise solutions like The Anvil Groups Employee Travel Monitoring Solution (ETMS) and Travel Risk Intelligence System (TRIS) to conduct concise travel risk assessments and gain insight into which employees within the organisation are travelling and affected by events that may have an effect on the safety and security of the employee.

"With the corporate manslaughter act now in full force, businesses can't afford to put travel safety and security on the backburner," Judge warns. "It is of paramount importance that organisations put in place a comprehensive Travel Safety Policy, and implement measures such as ETMS and TRIS to assist them in keeping their most valuable assets safe."

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