Inspection visits during the continued easing of Coronavirus restrictions (July 2021)

Adventure RMS inspectors are undertaking site visits where they are required.

In doing so Adventure RMS will prioritise the avoidance of situations and circumstances which might cause the spread of infection.

Where visits are undertaken inspectors will maintain appropriate distance and adopt protective behaviours whenever possible

Adventure RMS has:

  • identified sensible personal protective behaviours (see below) in relation to site visits
  • applied our existing application consultation process relating to the health, safety and well-being of inspectors, providers and their clients
  • provided our inspectors with appropriate guidance and protective equipment

Visit planning

Travel to, from and during – Inspectors should consider the risks of using public transport and/or transport provided/offered by the applicant and whether these risks can be mitigated or should be avoided. This will include any travel to and from activity locations from a base or centre location.

Arrangements with the provider – In agreeing times and locations to meet, inspectors should consider infection control. This may include meeting and remaining outside; avoiding arriving or leaving at the same times as participants and or staff to avoid congestion. These arrangements should be made and the details confirmed with the provider in advance and then reconfirmed on the day of the visit (see cancellations).

Cancellations – Applicants should be informed that arrangements may have to be cancelled or revised at short notice, including on the day. This will include where an inspector, or a member of their household, shows possible symptoms of the virus – including an elevated temperature. A call/text confirmation should take place on the day to ensure both inspector and applicant (individual, centre, guests) are well.

Applicants arrangements – When arranging visits inspectors should ensure they are aware of the applicant’s own arrangements for managing the spread of infection.

Multiple site visits – It may be desirable to plan and undertake visits to more than one applicant on the same day. Inspectors should consider the potential implications of doing so in the context of Covid transmission. If an inspector feels they may have been exposed to the Covid-19 during the first visit the second should be cancelled (see cancellations above).

Maintaining distance

A careful consideration of the visit will identify potential ‘high risk’ situations which can then be mitigated or avoided. Examples of high risk situations would include joining the applicant in a power boat to observe on-water activities, paddling an open canoe with another person, entering narrow or tight cave passages.

Minimising physical contact

People – There are no circumstances within the context of a site visit that require physical contact.

Personal clothing & equipment – Inspectors should take with them whatever clothing and equipment may be required by the visit. This should include activity specific items such as helmets, harnesses, buoyancy aids.

Equipment & stores areas – Access and exit points and other users will require consideration. In circumstances where an inspector feels they must physically inspect an item of equipment they should be aware of the applicant’s arrangements with regard to equipment including quarantine arrangements and consider the use of gloves and/or sanitising gel.

Hygiene

Wearing facemasks, hand washing or sanitising remain key elements in infection control. 3-layer face masks, sanitising gel with a minimum alcohol content of 70% and disposable gloves are provided by Adventure RMS to be used by inspectors when appropriate.

Person in a boat on a lake at sunrise

Photo: Tim Morton

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