From occupational and environmental health and safety perspectives, weak government infrastructures pose significant threats to employee safety at work. For example, BSI has discovered a correlation between an ineffective regulatory body and blocked emergency exits at factories. Another example is the illegal dumping of chemicals and lack of controls to monitor stream and lake pollution.
Outsourcing operations to unfamiliar regions and countries with weak government infrastructures hinders a company’s ability to evaluate the level of risks and incidents they could face. To mitigate such risks, companies need to carefully assess the key indicators of government effectiveness and develop an emergency preparedness plan.