Adventure activities are regulated in Guernsey and providers must be inspected before they can offer certain adventure activities (caving, climbing, trekking and watersports).
The inspection scheme
- The following activities are within the scope of the scheme:
- caving (underground exploration in natural caves and mines including potholing, cave diving and mine exploration, but not in those principally used as show-places open to the public);
- climbing (climbing, traversing, abseiling and scrambling activities except on purpose-designed climbing walls or abseiling towers);
- trekking (walking, running, pony trekking, mountain biking, off-piste skiing and related activities when done in moor- or mountain-country above 600 metres and which is remote, ie over 30 minutes travelling time from the nearest road or refuge);
- watersports (canoeing, rafting, sailing and related activities when done on the sea, tidal waters or larger non-placid inland waters).
- The scheme is provided by Escape Routes, a UK approved inspection body, on behalf of the States of Guernsey. There is currently no charge for an adventure activities provider to receive permission from the HSE to operate.
- Activity providers must be inspected before they start to operate in Guernsey. Existing provider are re-inspected periodically (every 2 years, depending on risk).
What is required
- Evidence requirements for Desk Based Safety Audit of Guernsey Outdoor Activity Providers
- Section 1: Activity Provider Details
- Section 2: Activities Provided
- Section 3: Responsibility for Managing Health & Safety
- Section 4: Procedures for Assessing & Controlling Risk (Risk Assessments)
- Section 5: Recruitment, Selection & Competence of Instructors
- Section 6: Selection & Procurement of Equipment and Inspection & Maintenance of Equipment
- Section 7: Monitoring & Reviewing Safety Arrangements
- Section 8: Reporting, Recording & Investigating Injuries & Near Misses
- Section 9: Technical Advice
What happens during the inspection
- Year 1, stage 1: Desktop based audit of safety management policies and procedures by Escape Routes.
- Escape Routes will request relevant documentation relating to the activities safety management and carry out an audit of the documentation to gather information for stage 2
- Year 1, stage 2: Virtual interview with activity provider.
- A suitable time and date for a virtual interview with the provider will be held to enable any findings from stage 1 to be followed up.
- A report will follow Stage 2 which is sent to the HSE to confirm that all safety management systems are in place, in relation to the process undertaken.
- Year 3, stage 3: Site visit, activity observation by Escape Routes.
- Activity providers must be inspected prior to operating in Guernsey. Existing providers are inspected every 2 years, depending on the risks. Currently there is no charge for the above service.
Outcome of the inspection
- HSE will consider the inspector's report and decide:
- (a) whether the applicant satisfies Guernsey Health and Safety Legislation;
- (b) whether permission should be granted or refused;
- (c) the length of the period the permission should remain in force;
- (d) whether it would be appropriate to restrict what the applicant asked for; and
- (e) whether any non-standard safety conditions are required.
- Any obvious shortcomings in the adequacy of the proposed provision of activities will be drawn to the attention of the applicant so that they can be remedied.