With malaria, as with all risks, an employer can only do so much to help their staff protect themselves from the escalated health, safety, and security risks they will often face. Ultimately travelling staff need to take ownership for their own wellbeing, whether that be wearing seatbelts, avoiding dangerous locations, maintaining their immunisations or exercising company travel security protocols.
However employers clearly have a duty of care for the wellbeing of their travelling staff and there are many options available to employers to help fulfill this obligation.
Providing medical and travel insurance to travelling staff is fairly standard but insurance really only mitigates an employer’s financial risk, not their employees’ health or personal risks.
It is also quite common for companies to contract with international assistance providers to help their employees get out of a difficult situation when needed.
An employer’s duty of care regarding malaria will, at the most fundamental level, involve a corporate malaria policy that employees are required to acknowledge. On its own that is mostly an exercise in corporate risk management.
Some employers go further by providing malaria awareness training for relevant staff.
At the top end of malaria risk management there are a small number of international companies with extensive malaria-exposed operating locations which perform large scale random employee testing for antimalarial chemoprophylaxis compliance. It sounds expensive and it is. But it’s a lot cheaper in human, financial and reputational terms than a work related malaria fatality.
Our Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits are an excellent way of fulfilling an employer’s malaria-specific duty of care to its employees. The combination of a vitally important educational malaria guide (covering awareness, preparation and prevention) with the physical ability to urgently test for the disease when in the field represents a superbly cost effective, tactical and practical malaria risk management plan.
Your employees will then feel supported with the knowledge and tools necessary to take an informed lead in managing their own personal malaria risk.