Navigating Safety in the Real World
Lodestone organized a comprehensive day of emergency training that equipped our on-site Directors with the knowledge, confidence and resources needed to handle emergency situations. The training and review was an invaluable tool that we would highly recommend for anyone sending students abroad.
Lodestone conducted a Health, Safety and Security Review for buildOn’s travel program in the summer of 2012. Throughout the process, Lodestone proved to be professional, flexible, a pleasure to work with and offered great experience and insight. They were thorough in their investigation, and aimed to support us with a genuine interest in making our program stronger. They helped us to not only recognize our challenges, but also to identify low-cost and responsible solutions. Lodestone continues to offer advice and feedback as we evolve, highlighting their sincere commitment to supporting us to develop healthy, safe and secure programming beyond the review.
Bill Frederick’s review of the health, safety and security aspects of our field-based, faculty-led study abroad programs has not only helped us strengthen operations in these areas but his valuable feedback has also provided us with added confidence in knowing that our approach to risk management is fundamentally sound.
I have been using Lodestone for several years now, and Bill has trained more than fifty Hathaway Brown faculty members. I can’t imagine sending a faculty member abroad as a trip leader without the training. Even seasoned faculty members who had led more than ten international trips walked away saying how much they learned.
The Austral Group has worked with Lodestone for two consecutive years, first in putting together a comprehensive risk management review, which included the creation of my position. Approximately one year later we asked Lodestone to conduct an audit to go over what had been achieved in the previous months. Bill is flexible, easy to work with, and extremely knowledgeable. I’d highly recommend Lodestone’s services, and I know that we will continue to rely on them for all of our health, safety, security and risk management needs.
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