Aims

  • To develop knowledge and understanding of off-site safety management procedures and the ability to apply this to a range of different contexts.
  • To develop ability to plan, manage and evaluate off-site activities in order to ensure the safety of the participants.
  • To develop skills that are relevant to the workplace and which can be adapted to meet different circumstances.
  • To encourage further study and promote the value of continuing professional development.

Target Group

The scheme is designed for adults working with both young people and adults where they will be required to plan, manage and evaluate off-site safety policies, procedures and activities. It will be particularly appropriate for teachers, lecturers, trainers and youth workers who are seeking to develop their knowledge and skills in off-site safety management. It is also relevant to those who work in organisations seeking compliance with the new British Standard, BS 8848:2014 the specification for the provision of visits, fieldwork, expeditions, and adventurous activities, outside the United Kingdom.

Prior Learning

Although there are no formal entry requirements in terms of prior learning, attendees may find it helpful to draw on previous knowledge and experience of managing safety issues in the workplace. Basic understanding of planning processes and risk assessment and safety management may also provide useful starting points. Experience of leading visits, activities or expeditions will also be beneficial.

Guided Learning Hours

It is suggested that an average delegate with the recommended prior learning should take around 15 guided learning hours to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to meet the assessment objectives successfully. However this figure is for guidance only and will vary depending on individual delegates and the mode of delivery.

Progression

The Off-Site Safety Management course has been designed to aid delegates in developing knowledge and understanding that would enhance their performance in the workplace and thus assisting in preparing them for greater responsibility.

RGS OSSM

I have just completed the BS 8848:2014 Specification for the provision of visits, fieldwork, expeditions and adventurous activities outside the United Kingdom. Alan provided a well planned and slick delivery. The content had plenty of real life examples that were extremely thought provoking.

Kev Sidford
FRGS & International Mountain Leader
July, 2016

RGS OSSM

I recently attended an RGS OSSM Course, delivered by Alan Ward at Cardiff International White Water Centre. First & foremost, the venue was an ideal setting for such a course with both a nice relaxed delivery room overlooking the white water course and lots of outside space for break out sessions and reflection time.

The structure and content of the course allowed us time and opportunity to share our experiences as well as reflect and understand the RGS OSSM course aims:

  • To develop knowledge and understanding of off-site safety management procedures and the ability to apply this to a range of different contexts.
  • To develop ability to plan, manage and evaluate off-site activities in order to ensure the safety of the participants.
  • To develop skills that are relevant to the workplace and which can be adapted to meet different circumstances
  • To encourage further study and promote the value of continuing professional development.

These aims were certainly achieved, delivered in a very nice friendly engaging manner by Alan.

Paul Donovan
International Mountain Leader
July, 2016