BS 8848 British Standard
BS 8848 is the British Standard for organising and managing visits, fieldwork, expeditions, and adventurous activities outside the UK.
The RGS-IBG was among the organisations on the BSI technical committee that drafted the standard in 2007, and has recently been involved in its revision. The revised standard will be published in April 2014.
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 or university 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.