Are your employees safe when they travel for business? Maybe not.

Just 38 percent of companies conduct risk assessments before an employee travels to a high-risk area for business, according to a new white paper from U.K.-based consulting group Collinson Group.

Of those firms that do conduct risk assessments, 58 percent rely on a simple Google search, according to the study of 103 human resources professionals.

Some highlights from the study:

  • 13 percent of the HR professionals surveyed admit their firm either doesn’t have a corporate travel risk policy or they don’t know whether one exists.
  • Less than half of respondents (44 percent) said their organizations ensure staff are issued company guidelines for business travel before they depart.
  • Only 59 percent said their businesses had a corporate travel policy that includes a risk management strategy.
  • 41 percent of the HR professionals said their employees have needed assistance due to an accident requiring medical intervention while traveling.

Find the complete Collinson Group white paper (“Are Your Employees in Safe Hands?”) at