CMA Training’s Christine Morrison is presenting at next week’s Lone Worker Safety Expo. In this blog, she gives a sneak preview into the key points of her upcoming session.

I am really looking forward to attending the Lone Worker Safety Expo in Central London. Meeting up with fellow professionals and exhibitors, and listening to expert speakers during the conference. I’m  thrilled to be invited to deliver one of the interactive workshops during the afternoon. The session is entitled Contingency Planning and Practical Advice for Major Incidents and Terrorist Attacks when Travelling in the UK and Abroad.   

The chances of being caught up in a terrorist incident are low, but sadly we have seen an increase in terrorist attacks in the UK and abroad in the last couple of years. It is therefore important for organisations to be adequately prepared and trained. Everyone should be alert and vigilant and know what to do if the worst were to happen.

How do you keep your lone workers safe in an increasingly unsafe world? You may run fire drills a couple of times a year, but how often do you run an evacuation, invacuation or lockdown drill?  How would do you communicate with your staff if there was nearby incident?

Have you got robust tracing systems in place for lone workers who are travelling away from the base? And do you have a clear and readily accessible (offline and online) disaster recovery plan in place including well thought through crisis communication systems?

While the current level of terrorist threat to the UK is severe, the probability of being caught up in a firearms or weapons attack is very small. However, it is important that your lone workers know what to do in the event of such an incident. It helps to be prepared, and my presentation will cover simple tips on being vigilant and planning to stay safe.

Have you got a disaster recovery plan?  Crises are rare but the impact can be catastrophic, potentially ending in a coroner’s court. The ‘golden hour’ is the critical period – you have just an hour or maybe two when you need to act positively and swiftly. The severity of a crisis can be reduced by the speed of alerting and communicating with staff, providing up-to-date information and checking that they are safe. Do you have all your employees’ key contacts to hand?

If you or your staff travel abroad on business you should take sensible precautions to protect yourself and your belongings and  I will be running through lots of simple, common-sense  tips to help keep staff safe at next week’s conference.

Organisations have a duty of care to their staff during and following any incident.  What systems have you got in place to look after your lone workers during and post any incident?

These are some of the issues we will cover in this interactive session.  I’m thoroughly looking forward to  the workshop next week and look forward to sharing a coffee with some of you following the presentation.

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