Update - 12 May 2016
Updated Health and Safety at Work Act
You will most likely be aware that the Health and Safety at Work Act has recently been updated and came into effect on the 4th April 2016.
The new regulations have come into force, but the Safety Audit Standard that sets out the requirements for a Safety Management System (SMS) for operators providing adventure activities is yet to be updated to reflect the new regulations.
However, OutdoorMark considers it is in the interest of operators to update current systems to meet the requirements of the new regulations. To this end, we have reviewed our current audit form with what we consider to be the changes in the regulations.
We ask that operators incorporate relevant changes into their Safety Management Systems including referencing the new regulations, as detailed below - these changes will be reviewed during your next audit.
Additional Detail & Explanation
The regulations of relevance to Adventure Activity operators specifically are:
• Health and Safety at Work (General Risk and Workplace Management) Regulations 2016
• Health and Safety at Work (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2016
The Safety Audit Standard for Adventure Activities - Requirements for a safety audit of operators (2013) sets out the requirements for a safety management system (SMS) for operators that provide the adventure activities covered by the regulations. The 2013 version of the Safety Audit Standard is based on the previous regulations and is yet to be updated to reflect the new regulations.
If you would like to review them in more detail, copies of the regulations listed above can be found here.
Click here to view the Safety Audit Standard for Adventure Activities - Requirements for a safety audit of operators (2013).