I am really looking forward to attending the Lone Worker Safety Expo on October 2nd in central London, meeting up with fellow professionals and exhibitors, and listening to the expert speakers during the keynote conference. And I am 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 of terrorist attacks in the UK and abroad in the last couple of years. It is therefore really important that your organisation should be adequately prepared and trained, and that everyone stays alert and vigilant, and knows what to do if the worst were to happen. How do you keep your lone workers safe in an increasingly unsafe world? You may possibly do 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 an incident nearby?
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, very small. However, it is important that your lone workers know what to do in the event of getting caught up in such an incident, as unfortunately the threat from terrorism is not going to go away and an attack can happen at any moment. It helps to be prepared, and we 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 following any incident. The severity of a crisis will be reduced by the speed of alerting and communicating with staff, providing them with 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. We will run through lots of simple, common-sense tips to help keep staff as safe as possible.
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?
Using some real-life examples, these are some of the issues we will cover in this interactive session. I really hope to see many of you in the workshop. Or simply come along afterwards armed with questions and grab a coffee with me.