Post AALA update - Draft Code of Practice & Proposal for a register of providers
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Post AALA update - Draft Code of Practice & Proposal for a register of providers

Author:FE IOL
Date Added:14 November 2011
1.       This is the latest draft of a code of practice designed to replace AALA when it is repealed.  The code is being developed by the HSE in consultation with a wide range of industry representatives (voluntary, commercial and not-for profit) as well as government departments and national governing bodies.

 
The compliance with the code will be voluntary though it is designed to reflect the Health & Safety at Work Act and associated Management Regulations.  It is worth noting that code is based around “Guidance from the licensing authority on the Adventure Activities Licensing Regulations 2004. The Activity Centres (Young Persons Safety) Act 1995” otherwise known as L77.

Time scales are tight as the draft has only just been released and the next meeting of the HSE working group looking at the code is 22nd November.  Feedback is required a.s.a.p.
 
 
2.  The HSE working group is also considering a register to allow providers of adventurous activities to register their approach to compliance with the code.  This will allow the wide range of accreditation schemes that exist within adventurous activity provision to be recognised.  IOL is considering a partnership with AAIAC to set up and maintain such a register and to provide supporting services such as lessons learnt from incidents and accidents, further guidance on good practice, advice post an incident etc..
 
I am seeking views on the appropriateness of such a register and what features it should have.  The following questions may assist you in providing feedback.
 
i.   Is a public register (where there will be no legal requirement to register) a useful support for the industry ?

ii.  Who should be on the register ?  All providers or only those who have been through a 3rd party accreditation scheme ?
 
iii.   In addition to providing a listing of the providers name and the any 3rd party accreditation should a register show any other details of the provider ?

iv.   If it is appropriate that the register holder also provides the supporting services mentioned above, what is a reasonable fee to maintain such a service e.g. £25, £50 or £100 p.a. ?

Please let me have your responses a.s.a.p. and no later than 21st November.  Where this is not possible please let me know if you require more time to respond.

 

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