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Playing Safe During the Summer Games | International SOS

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New Insight Report Highlight from International SOS.

As the Games in Japan approach, it is vital that organisations ensure they are equipped to navigate a state of emergency linked to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as factoring in the potential impact of natural hazards such as typhoons and earthquakes on any employees in-country during the event.

The Games will take place between 23 July and 8 August 2021, mainly in Tokyo.

Natacha Crnjanski, Acting Head of Security intelligence at International SOS, comments,

“While movement restrictions and other regulations relating to the COVID-19 pandemic have the potential to cause disruption, it is critical that organisations have a comprehensive and well-informed view of all the risks that employees may face locally. For instance, typhoon season can bring heavy rainfall, flooding and landslides. The region is also seismically active. Managers need to have access to up-to-date, reliable information and to provide their employees with training and communications tools to stay safe, should an incident occur.” 

Recommendations for managing the safety and security of an in-country workforce in the lead-up to the Games:

  • Update incident plans and ensure your workforce know how to respond to most likely incidents, including natural disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons.
  • Managers should have access to employees’ contact details and itineraries and be able to understand their workforce’s locations.
  • Have a robust multi-channel communications plan in place, including the ability to notify and account for employees.
  • Familiarise your workforce with the evacuation sites closest to their accommodation and the places they will be visiting, as well as the Japan Meteorological Agency’s tsunami warning system. The Tokyo Metropolitan Prevention Map shows the evacuation shelters located within the Greater Tokyo Area.
  • Check the latest Tokyo 2020 Playbooks and ensure travellers comply with the listed restrictions, including downloading any health regulation apps as well as adhering to any short-notice movement restrictions. Managers should ensure all necessary transport and accommodation arrangements are booked in advance.
  • Managers should consider purchasing insurance in the event of last-minute changes or cancellation of events, and ensure schedules are left flexible.

To download a copy of the Insight Report Highlights, click here.

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