BS 8848 British Standard
The British Standard for overseas expeditions and fieldwork. BS 8848: a specification for the provision of visits, fieldwork, expeditions, and adventurous activities outside the UK was first published in April 2007.
The RGS-IBG was among the organisations on the BSI technical committee that drafted the standard.
BS 8848 is now being revised and comments from industry, consumers and organizers of ventures are being invited. The public consultation period will close at the end of September, with publication of the revised standard expect in spring 2014.
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What is it for?
The standard aims to reduce risk from injury or illness and provides those that comply with the standard with a way of being able to demonstrate that they are following good practice to manage the venture safely.
BS 8848 specifies operational requirements for organisers of adventurous and educational activities abroad including university and academic fieldwork, gap year experiences, adventure holidays, charity challenges and research expeditions.
The standard is available to purchase, or to view a copy of BS 8848, contact your local public library.
Download the BSI Parents Guide to BS 8848 (PDF) to check if a venture you (or your children) are applying to take part in is likely to be following safe practice.
Bespoke compliance workshops can also be arranged on request please contact Geography Outdoors.