Understand and manage the medical risks where companies operate

Understand and manage the medical risks where companies operate

A site medical risk assessment and local medical emergency response plans are recommended for high medical risk work locations and populations.

Opening a new operation or service site or expanding an existing one requires a clear understanding of the health risks inherent at that location and within the community. This is particularly true in emerging markets or remote site locations.

Recommended Action

  • All locations should receive an appropriate Site Health Risk Assessment.
  • All locations should develop a medical Emergency Response Plan.
  • Management should have a methodology to rate the relative health risk at their global locations.

Additional Resources

*Nelson, Jane and Kara Valikai (2014). “Building the foundations for a long-term development partnership : The construction phase of the PNG LNG Project.” Cambridge, MA: The CSR Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School  

Polling Results

The larger the workforce outside the US, the greater the extent that the company conducts risk assessments.

  • When risk assessments are done, they are most often performed on an ad hoc basis, or at the time of an incident.
  • 66-percent have operations in underserviced areas.
  • 45-percent have a risk rating tool.
  • 48-percent conduct health risk assessments in high-risk regions of the world.
  • 62-percent consider the health risks of a location before sending an assignee or traveler abroad.
  • 70-percent have site-specific medical response plans including medical evacuation if needed.
  • 78-percent integrate some form of security risk assessment with the medical risk for international locations.

Council Commentary

While the majority of companies describe having workplaces in underserviced locations, less than half perform some form of site health risk assessment. The majority of companies state they consider the health risks before sending personnel overseas but few have a standard risk rating tool. Medical response plans are common, and integration with security is a standard as well. The Council strongly recommends that all high-risk workplaces receive an appropriate site health/security risk assessment, a Medical Emergency Response Plan and the ability for management to rate the relative risk of their global locations.

Council Commentary