You may be aware that under existing regulations commercial providers of outdoor adventure pursuits for under 18s, such as caving and water sports, are legally required to undergo an inspection of their safety management systems and hold a licence issued by the Adventure and Activities Licensing Authority (AALA).
This system is now under review and the consultation includes three options on the future of adventure activity legislation in Great Britain.
Options one and two involve maintaining the scheme in its current format but increasing the licence fee, or retaining it but extending the scope of activities requiring a license and increasing the fee.
The third option involves replacing the regulations with an industry-led, non-statutory, non-profit scheme underpinned by the Health and Safety at Work Act and subsequent Regulations.
Current licensable activities listed on the HSE’s website include abseiling caving, climbing, sailing and trekking.
Though accreditation would not be a legal requirement under option three, the consultation says the proposed scheme “would provide a way for adventure activity providers to demonstrate compliance with their duties under s 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, in the way that the AALR do now”.
The consultation began on 12 January and will end on 9 March.