Inspection visits during the ongoing Coronavirus situation (December 2021)

Adventure RMS inspectors are undertaking site visits where they are required, this guidance is intended for those hosting such visits.

Adventure RMS will continue to 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 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 will avoid using public transport and transport provided/offered by you. This will include any travel to and from activity locations from your base or centre location.

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

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

Applicants arrangements – When arranging visits ensure the inspector is aware of your own arrangements for managing the spread of infection.

Multiple site visits – Inspectors will consider the potential implications of undertaking multiple visits on the same day, in the context of Covid transmission. If your inspector feels they may have been exposed to Covid during a previous visit their visit to you will 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 periods in poorly ventilated in-door spaces and 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 – Your inspector will bring with them whatever clothing and equipment may be required for the visit. This will 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 your inspector feels they need to physically inspect an item of equipment, make them aware of your arrangements with regard to equipment quarantine. The inspector will consider the use of gloves and/or sanitising gel.


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.

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