Staying Healthy and Safe Before, During, and After Work-Related Travel

For organizations that require individuals to travel abroad for work, there are steps to take to reduce the health and safety risks for employees. This includes educating workers on the risks and how to best protect themselves before, during, and after travel.


Infographic: Travel Health Safety

Description: Staying Healthy and Safe Before, During, and After Work-Related Travel

Before Travel

  • Visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before travel
  • Make sure you have the necessary vaccinations and enough medications to last the duration of your stay
  • Inquire about workers’ compensation coverage and travel health insurance
  • Know who to contact in case of an emergency
  • Pack a travel health kit with first aid supplies and other items to prevent and handle minor injuries and illnesses

During Travel and While Working Abroad

  • Bugs – Use insect repellent and wear light-coloured clothing that covers your skin.
  • Drugs and Alcohol – Understand the laws around possessing drugs and alcohol at your destination.
  • Animals – Avoid all animals and the places they live or are sold.
  • Food and Water – Avoid uncooked, unpasteurized and street food. Only drink water from sealed containers.
  • Person-to-person Infections – Wash or clean your hands regularly and wear a mask in crowded, indoor places.
  • Mental Health – Eat well, exercise regularly and stay in touch with friends and family.
  • Heat Stress and Sun Safety – Limit time in the heat and sun and apply sunscreen. Stay hydrated with cool, non-alcoholic drinks and wear a hat and sunglasses.
  • Violence and Harassment – Work in teams and perform work during daylight hours. Avoid travelling with valuables.
  • High Altitudes – Gradually ascend to elevations 2500m above sea level. Avoid alcohol and heavy exercise for 48 hours.

After Returning from Work Abroad

  • Seek medical care for post-travel infections, if necessary
  • Report any injury or illness to the employer
  • Inquire about workers’ compensation or insurance claims should an injury or illness occur

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Document last updated on: 2023-12-20