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Travel risk assessment - how to

There are three different types of risk assessment forms - BASIC, STANDARD and ELEVATED. To find out which one you need to complete, please follow the steps outlined below.

Travel Risk Assessment – Which risk assessment to complete?

Step 1: Go to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel website and identify if there is travel advice for your destination(s).

Map with red and orange colours and the phrases “Advise against all travel/against all but essential travel

ELEVATED risk assessment

Map with green colour and the phrase “See our travel advice before travelling

STANDARD risk assessment IF:

work (step 2) and personal factors (step 3) do not increase the risk

No map and no advice about travel

Trip duration over 30 days

STANDARD risk assessment IF:

work (step 2) and personal factors (step 3) do not increase the risk

No map and no advice about travel

Trip duration less than 30 days

BASIC risk assessment IF:

work (step 2) and personal factors (step 3) do not increase the risk

 

Step 2: What kind of work will you be doing on the trip?

Lone practical work (field visits, work in a lab, work in a remote area).

An activity where permits/licenses are required (mountaineering, diving) and will not be accompanied by a professional guide.

Researching a highly sensitive/controversial topic.

ELEVATED risk assessment

Practical work (field visits, work in a lab, work in a remote area).

An activity where permits/licenses are required (mountaineering, diving) and will be accompanied by a professional guide.

Work or research that requires completion of a standard ethics assessment.

STANDARD risk assessment IF:

personal factors (step 3) do not increase the risk

Non-practical work such as desk work, attendance at a seminar, conference or exhibition held in a controlled environment (business or academic institute).

BASIC risk assessment IF:

personal factors (step 3) do not increase the risk

 

Step 3: Are there personal factors that could affect the level of risk? This may include your health or known medical conditions; the availability and quality of medical care; previous travel experience; whether your travel will be hosted, in a group or lone.

Personal factors (e.g. health, disability, pregnancy, linguistic, ethnic, religious or cultural) that could significantly increase vulnerability to certain risks.

Lack of experience, understanding and skills to conduct an elevated risk activity or work in an elevated risk location.

ELEVATED risk assessment

Personal factors that may require specific adjustment or support during work, or in social interactions at work.

Personal factors that may require specific adjustment or support in living away from home, or make them susceptible to episodes of illness.

STANDARD risk assessment

Have relevant experience, understanding and skills for the type of work proposed.

BASIC risk assessment

See Completing the risk assessment for details about hazards related to:

  • Accidents – Travel and Personal
  • Crime
  • Health (physical and mental)
  • Jurisdiction
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Political Violence/Conflict
  • Work related hazards

Refer to NHS Fit-For-Travel for information on immunisations required, prevalence of diseases and other health related information for your destination.