The following standards will be held by Our Own Expeditions to ensure the safety and well-being of all guests on an operating tour: A risk assessment will be given for each tour including:
- Analysis of potential dangers and mishaps
Circumstances of each tour site are systematically studied with potential risk factors identified and recorded in regard to safety of all participants.
- Analysis of who might be involved in an accident and how
Here it must be carefully examined how accidents might happen in each operational area and who might be involved. A distinction must be made between customers and staff; in this case, however, the main emphasis is on potential accidents to customers. At this stage, assessing whether the risk could be removed is recommended, for example by:
- A.Changing the service. B. Taking a different route. C. Improving instruction. D. Adding to equipment.
- Assessing risk seriousness.
All risk factors are assessed, that is, type, seriousness, likelihood, the scope and cause of danger. It is important to realize how serious the danger might be, in which case two aspects are examined: A. Seriousness of accident or personal injuries. B. Interruption to company operations.
Specific Safety Guidelines for Tour Operators of Our Own Expeditions:
- Walking tours
The employee who undertakes guiding on walking excursions in highland and wilderness regions will have solid experience and knowledge of travel in such areas, both in summer and winter conditions, and for these specific areas of walking expeditions:
- Walking excursions in difficult mountain terrain
- Walking excursions in highland and wilderness regions
- Walking excursions in sparsely populated areas
- Walking excursions in densely populated areas
- Driving Excursions
Driving excursions are defined as passenger transportations in motor vehicles or specially equipped vehicles for mountain excursions. The driver will have the requisite driving license and be in other respects well suited to the work of passenger transport. The driver of the vehicle will have sound experience and knowledge of the driving characteristics of the vehicle. The driver and the guide on driving excursions will have knowledge and experience of the area traversed, both in winter and summer conditions, and for these specific areas of driving expeditions:
- Driving excursions in highland and wilderness regions in winter.
- Driving excursions in highland and wilderness regions in summer.
- Horse trekking
The employee who undertakes guiding on horse trekking excursions will have sound knowledge and experience of travel through the areas to be traversed, both in summer and winter conditions. The employee will also possess extensive knowledge and experience of horses, their care and use, as well as related equipment. The guide will have knowledge of these specific areas of horse trekking expeditions:
- Horse trekking excursions in highland and wilderness regions
- Horse trekking, longer excursions in sparsely populated areas
- Horse trekking, shorter tours in and near densely populated areas
- Cycle tours
- Kayak sailing, white water rafting, and sea swimming