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Security & insurance

You have to address security issues before starting and throughout your Tour. Once again, anticipation and organization will be the key words to ensure the safety of the participants. Of course, you won't be able to predict everything that may happen, but you should get prepared to meet any unexpected situation or requirement.

To meet the challenge, we suggest you the following:

Before the Tour starts

Gather accurate information

To ensure participants' health and safety, first you need to know about their health state, their diet, their allergies or any other health issue. Ask them about it as soon as they join the project.

Remind them that the program will not cover for their health expenses or won’t be liable for any damage it may incur. Check if each of them has a health insurance and support them in their efforts to obtain an European Insurance Card ( Depending your country, you may also encourage them to contract a liability insurance to cover the costs of potential damage.

Inform your partners

As a sending organization, it will be your responsibility to share with the hosting organization any information that can affect the project or require specific attention during its implementation. Be transparent about the participants' health state, even if you believe it is a confidential information. It is crucial for your partners to be informed in order to welcome the participants in good conditions and adapt both the living conditions and the workshops to the participants' needs and requirements.

Make sure the venue is a safe place

As hosting organization, you need to find out and assess what risks the venue(s) you selected is carrying and how you will guarantee the safety of the participants throughout your stay.

Examine each of them thoroughly; imagine the different weather conditions you might experience during the Tour; consider a range of scenarios regarding what could happen in the group.

Be pragmatic when planning: What are the accidents and problems that could occur? How can you prevent them trough planning ahead, and how will you deal with them if they happen anyway? List the different problems and check if you can address each of them satisfactorily:

  • Does your venue has an appropriate sheltered area in case of rain and storms? Do you have enough areas with shade in case of too much sun?
  • Does your region has fire regulations? Do you have an easy access to water or a fire extinguisher close by the kitchen and the fire place in case a fire starts?
  • How can you arrange spaces such as the kitchen or organize workflow to enhance the safety of everyone?
  • Can you easily reach a clinic or a hospital from the venue in case a participant gets sick or injured?

From those questions, buy the relevant equipment for your camp, come up with a list of contact to address health issues in case of need and with a list of safety regulations that you will present to the participants on the first day of the Tour.

Select safe equipment, take out and manage insurances

A Tour involves working tools, vehicles, equipment for cooking, tents, shelters, etc. Before the Tour takes place, you need to make sure that:

  • every equipment you will use is safe for people
  • you have all the insurances needed if something happens.

Don't be cheap, you can't afford to save money off equipment that may prove dangerous! Take out insurance for vehicles, let aside weak equipment that might break down on the way: it will always be worth it!

Prepare a First Aid Kit and assess your staff's skills

Even if you try your best to prevent them, accidents may happen. For this reason,

  • prepare a First Aid Kit
  • make sure you have someone in your team that holds a First Aid Certificate and feels confident to be in charge of the First Aid Kit and to take actions in case of an accident;
  • always have a vehicle available so you can react quickly in the event of an emergency (to bring someone to the doctor, a clinic / hospital…).

From our experience, your First Aid Kit must contain at least:

  • Disposable protective gloves
  • sterile gauze pads of different sizes
  • adhesive tape
  • adhesive bandages (Band-Aids) in several sizes
  • elastic bandage
  • 4 triangular bandages
  • scissors and tweezers
  • antiseptic solution
  • safety pins
  • instant cold packs
  • a thermometer
  • aspirin
  • painkiller (e.g. paracetamol)
  • skin rash/wound cream, such as calendula
  • aloe vera
  • flashlight and extra batteries
  • a survival blanket
  • a woolen blanket

Given that travelling, changing diet and getting out of one's daily routine or comfort zone can provoke digestive uncomfort or troubles for the participants, we suggest you also take some basic antidiarrheal and a few natural laxatives (linseed, dry prunes, malva, althaea or sene herbal tea). They might help the participants to regain their digestive balance and well-being quicker.

During the implementation stage

Set up internal rules and agreements between you and the participants

When the Tour starts:

  • go around the camp and explain to the participants how each equipment works and what they should do in case it breaks down
  • inform everyone about the location of the First Aid Kit and the person(s) in charge of it (preferably several people)
  • set up a procedure with the participants so they can react in case of an accident (how fast should they react, who they may ask for help, etc.)
  • put on a sheet of paper the list of safety regulations well visible in a common space
  • ask everyone for support and create a safe space together so that all participants of your Tour can enjoy it!

Then, throughout the Tour, make sure those rules are enforced. Pay a specific attention to the hygiene of the common spaces. The kitchen, the food storage area, the showers and the toilet facilities have to remain organized and clean. Maintaining a good hygiene and tidiness will prevent many health problems (food poisoning, getting hurt by a random nail, etc.) and will ensure the health of the community.

Introduce participants to safety rules before a practical activity, provide safety equipment if needed

 When organizing practical workshops during the tour, make sure that the facilitators/trainers take time to explain to the participants what is the procedure of the workshop, which tools will be used and especially how tools or other equipment should be handled. Provide safety equipment to the participants each time needed and remember that they most probably have different backgrounds and different levels of practice: you have to make sure that everyone understands and feels confident in participating.

All the workshop long, advise participants to take care of themselves and others around them when they are using tools (either manual or power tools) and to make room between them when working.

Don't be flexible when addressing security issues: safety first, no matter the opinion of the person. Make it clear that safety rules can't be discussed. Either the participants follow them, either they can't take part in the workshop.

Remind the participants that a tool left on the ground is a danger to themselves and to others. At the end of each workshop, always check that all tools and equipment have been put back where they belong so that nobody gets hurt.

guide/implementation/security.txt · Last modified: 2018/12/01 11:18 by Camille