The standard is designed to act as a framework of good practice and give, according to the International Standards Organisation, ‘guidance to organisations on how to manage the risk, to the organisation and its travellers, as a result of undertaking travel’.
According to travel risk expert and CEO of the Travel Risk & Incident Prevention (TRIP) Group, Lloyd Figgins, the standard provides a structured approach to the whole area of travel risk management. “ISO3130 will allow companies to take an effective approach to the risks faced when travelling and can be used as guidance to ensure they are on track in protecting their staff and identifying new threats as they emerge.”
It’s a comprehensive document and it provides guidance on policy, programme development, threat and hazard identification, risk assessment, as well as prevention and mitigation strategies, which could be daunting to those new to the world of travel risk management. However, according to Figgins, this doesn’t need to be the case.
Enhancing traveller confidence
“With over two decades experience of working in travel risk, I have learned that the best policies are those which are neither complicated, onerous or expensive,” Figgins said. “What is needed is a practical approach, which is easily communicated to all those involved in reducing risk to travellers.”
Given the current climate, it couldn’t have been published at a better time and Figgins believes that rather than inhibit the ability to travel it will actually enhance it. “At a time when traveller confidence has been so badly shaken, I can say with absolute certainty that safety sells. This standard provides the springboard to a new safer era of corporate travel.”