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Have employees who travel regularly? Use these four steps to create a travel medicine procedure

by , 11 October 2013
You have to maintain a safe work environment for your employees. This includes occupational travellers. From pre- to post-travel, it's your responsibility to monitor your employee's health. Here's how to create a travel medicine procedure for your employees.

One way to ensure your travelling employees are well looked after is to create a travel medicine procedure.

But how do you do this?

Follow these four steps to create a travel medicine procedure

Step #1: Establish which employees are travelling. And refer them to a reputable travel medicine clinic to have the risk of their destination and workplace assessed by qualified medical staff, says the Health & Safety Advisor.

Where can I find travel clinics?

  • Contact your travel agent
  • Look in your phone directory
  • Look in the MedPages (the Health Care Directory distributed to each province)
  • Search the Internet.

Step #2: Provide appropriate insurance cover, for example, COID and travel insurance.

Travel insurance underwrites travel, medical and dental expenses and arranges medical evacuation of travellers under specific conditions specified by the travel insurance policy, says the Health & Safety Advisor.

Be sure to read the fine print very carefully to know the exact terms and conditions of travel insurance as well as exclusions.

Step #3: Provide your employee with a basic first aid kit and information about what to do in emergencies. A travel clinic can help you do this.

Here's a checklist of a basic medical kit:

  • Own medications
  • Sleeping pills if necessary and prescribed
  • Aspirin or paracetamol
  • Throat lozenges
  • Adhesive dressings, bandages, tape
  • Eye wash and eye drops
  • Antiseptic (iodine solution)
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Insect repellent
  • Contact insecticide
  • Oral rehydration mixture
  • Diarrhoea kit
  • Broad-spectrum antibiotic
  • Antihistamines
  • Antifungal cream for skin infections e.g. ringworm
  • Sunscreen
  • Ant malarial
  • Nausea medication
  • Anti-inflammatory drug
  • Needles and syringes
  • Thermometer
  • Instructions for use.

Step #4: You must arrange post-travel follow up once your employee has returned from his overseas trip. The reason is that:

  • Travellers may have infections that pose a risk to public health such as, Ebola and SARS.
  • Some diseases must be reported to the Department of Health.
  • This information helps to monitor global trends in infectious diseases.

Ensuring that occupational are safe is your responsibility. So make sure you follow these steps to create a travel medicine procedure to en after is to ensure they're well looked after.

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