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Review of the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is seeking views on the future of the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA). AALA licenses adventure activity providers, including FSC, to ensure they are compliant with nationally accepted standards of good practice.

Three options are being proposed by the HSE and responses on this consultation will inform the HSE Board’s decision on the future of AALA. The three options would all be underpinned by the Health and Safety at Work Act:

1. retain the current scheme and increase the fees
2. retain the current scheme, increase the fees and extend the scope of the activities that are covered
3. move to an industry led, not for profit accreditation.

FSC will be responding to the consultation in favour of option 3, because it could allow an accreditation scheme to take into account wider issues such as the quality of the learning experience, transport and accommodation. It could also be UK wide.

The Institute of Outdoor Learning are also supporting option 3: https://www.outdoor-learning.org/News/Latest-News/hse-review-of-aala-iol-statement-on-latest-consultation

HSE wants to hear the views of teachers and customers as well as providers. If you can help by providing your views, the documents can be found here: http://www.hse.gov.uk/consult/condocs/cd286.htm  The consultation ends on the 9th March 2018.


Thursday, February 22, 2018