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Do you know what to do if your employee contracts a disease while working overseas?

by , 18 July 2013
If you have employees who travel regularly you have to ensure their safety and well being. But what do you do if your employee contracts a disease while working overseas, is it still your responsibility? Read on to find out...

You have a duty to provide a safe working environment to employees who travel regularly (occupational travelers). To do so, you must manage hazards and provide necessary personal protective equipment (PPE). This includes immunisation and anti-malarial treatment.

'Together with a travel clinic make sure the occupational traveler is informed. They must know the type of working environment they'll be in, the country they're visiting's safety and security issues, and the cultural differences. This information will help train him to perform his duties safely,' says the Health and Safety Advisor.

But what if you're taken all these safety measures and your employee contracts a disease while working overseas?

Three tips to get your employees to comply with health and safety laws

Employees think that safety is something 'management' must do. They're wrong. Employees also have duties to comply with the OHS Act. It's your responsibility to make sure your employees comply. Don't know how to do it?

Here's how…


Here's what you must do if your employee gets sick while working overseas

Diseases have different incubation periods. So, as soon as your employee is diagnosed, he must report this to you.

You must then notify the Workmen's Compensation Commissioner. If you don't, you'll be guilty of the offence and liable for the claim.

Remember, domestic and recreational environments are considered to be part of the occupational environment. So if your employee contracts an unconventional occupational disease like malaria, he must still inform you.

In an event where your employee gets exposed to the disease while working for you, but his symptoms only appear after he has left your service, the cost of the claim can't be offset against your company.

Turn to chapter T01 of your Health and Safety Advisor to find out how to develop an effective travel medice procedure.


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