Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?
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Health and Safety on Mission: Mitigating Safety Risks: A Personal and Professional Responsibility?

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Safety concerns are central to all humanitarian work. The responsibility for personal safety lies both with individuals and the organizations they are working for and with. But how can humanitarian professionals mitigate risks and limit their exposure to violence while working in a violent area? How can individuals and organizations avoid being targets for violence? What are the procedures and systems that can ensure safety on mission, and what can individuals and organizations do to improve safety?

This session opened a discussion on both personal and systemic approaches to avoiding and mitigating safety risks involved in humanitarian work.

To access the recording from this session, visit http://on-mission.ning.com.

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  • Staff attitudes and behaviors will affect H&S, security and potentially reputation and financial capacity. Loss of faith by donors can be immediate.
  • Coordination often cited, but examples of coordinated safety and security approaches within the sector is limited.
  • For brevity, “security” is used to describe safety and security considerations.Key point: This is not a stand-alone system.
  • A systematic response needs to go beyond technical field based processes. Adaptable, flexible, innovative. Key considerations are design and function.
  • Right people for the job.Systems and process analogous with industry standards.Lead by example to develop a security culture and motivate the workforce to implement the system appropriately.
  • Strategic performance benchmark: Organization can carry out its mission with freedom of choice of location and program activity; and the safe and secure access to beneficiaries.Risk threshold: This must reflect the organization’s mission/mandate, values and principles. It needs to be clearly communicated.
  • Policies may include security, health & safety, crisis management. Policies reiterate and reflect the risk threshold.Risk threshold: This must reflect the organization’s mission/mandate, values and principles. It needs to be clearly communicated.
  • Step through remaining parts.
  • Respect for law and regulation. Avoid self-generated risks.
  • Use good practice and industry standards to inform system design and function. Concentrate less on technical approaches and focus on leadership and strong management teams. Lead by example.
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