Managing risk in overseas adventurous activities

Free event

Date: Tuesday 15 April 2014 (14:00-16:00)

LocationRoyal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR

Now used by mainstream adventure travel companies as well as traditional gap-year and activity providers, our revised British Standard for organizing adventurous activities outside the UK will be published this spring. Join us at the Royal Geographical Society to find out how BS 8848 has changed since first published in 2007 as well as how more than 300 comments from interested parties have been incorporated into the revised standard.

Changes include a greater focus on planning and risk assessment, as well as more information for participants about their responsibilities. The standard provides guidance on how to recognize a well-organized overseas venture, as well as setting out good practice in safety management for organizers.

You’ll also learn about the background to the standard and why it was developed, and the practical implications and benefits of using the standard.

The event will also provide an opportunity to meet the experts who worked on the standard, to ask questions and network with peers.

Who should attend?

  • Organizers and operators of adventurous activities and adventure trips
  • Organizers and operators of gap year experiences
  • Oragnizers and operators of expeditions, fieldwork or charity events
  • Venture providers
  • Travel and tour operators
  • Schools
  • Universities
  • Anyone planning an overseas activity including parents.


13:30   Registration, tea and coffee
14:00   Opening remarks
The role of BS 8848 and keeping it relevant
14:15   Keynote speaker
14:30   Industry update
BS 8848 story. How has it helped the industry? What has changed for 2014? 
    Shane Winser (RGS) and committee members
15:00   Q&A and panel session
    Shane Winser (RGS), Dan Palmer (BSI), Richard Oliver (Year-Out-Group)
15:30   Networking and drinks reception
16:00   Event close