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Risk Assessement

In line with the University’s commitment to maintaining a duty of care for its travellers, it is highly recommended that all travellers conduct a travel risk assessment of the potential hazards of the country they propose to visit. The following is designed to ensure that informed decisions are made by members of staff travelling to particular countries and regions and is not intended to provide a comprehensive list covering all circumstances.

Staff are advised to identify the potential risks associated with the area to which they are travelling and to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to minimise such risks, including checking with their GP for advice on required and recommended medication for the country of travel, and ensuring that their immunisations are up to date.

Risk Factors

Human Issues

  • Civil unrest?
  • Muggings / robbery?
  • Kidnap / abduction?
  • Culture (customs, dress, religion, political tension)?
  • Female traveller security?
  • Language / communication?
  • Legal differences?
  • Stress (lack of family support)?

Climate & Geology

  • Desert / intense sun?
  • Monsoon / high humidity?
  • Oxygen deficiency?
  • Tidal extremes?
  • Storms / typhoons?
  • Avalanche?
  • Earthquake?
  • Volcano?


  • Venoms & antidotes?
  • Medical back-up

Food & Drink

  • Allergies
  • Food poisoning

Water & Soil

  • Diseases (diarrhoea, legionella, tetanus)?
  • Pollution?
  • Radiation?


  • Stress (excessive schedule)?
  • Accommodation problems?
  • Transport (competent drivers, jetlag, terrain, suitability & maintenance of vehicle)?
  • Electricity (compatibility of equipment, safety standards)?
  • High hazard work (permit to work required)?


  • Medical conditions / vaccinations?
  • HIV / Hepatitis B?
  • Asthma / allergies?
  • Diseases & parasites (e.g. Lyme’s disease; malaria; rabies; leptospirosis; yellow fever; tapeworms; sleeping sickness; Hepatitis A; cholera; polio; typhoid; dysentery?