International Critical Incident Protocol (ICIP) – A practical guide for reviewing your ICIP & Death on Assignment policy
By Santa Fe Group
In today’s global economy, organisations are sending their employees into new and challenging destinations. Coupled with an ever growing number of assignments and an increasingly precarious international environment, companies need to take responsibility for pro-actively managing the risk to their international employees. Organisations should have an International Critical Incident Protocol (ICIP) in place.
The ICIP is comprised of a primary policy which defines standard procedures and that the general principles that need to be in place. Specific chapters can then be added to address key scenarios that present the key risks to the business and its mobile associates. These are more detailed and may have their own exceptional considerations, for example, the escalation and communication plan for the kidnap chapter will require special consideration due to its highly sensitive security issues.
Death on Assignment should be one of your key chapters and is addressed in this document. It is a highly emotive subject and if not managed correctly has the potential to escalate quickly. Taking precautionary measures to mitigate the risk of death is the first step and very often overlooked, for example; assessing both the assignment candidate and the environment in which they are going to. In the event that a death does occur, a well organised plan and checklist means that escalations, communications and actions are conducted faultlessly. This ensures compliance and most importantly that the surviving dependants are supported through a difficult time.
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