The ACCT standards call for specific administrative policies and procedures to be included in an organization’s operational plan.
B.2.1. The organization shall have a risk management system in place that addresses the identification, mitigation, and ongoing monitoring of reasonably foreseeable risks to the organization, its staff, and its participants.
A functioning risk management system has components or features in place allowing an organization to comprehensively identify risks to itself, staff and its clients. Risk management may include such mitigation strategies as eliminating, minimizing, transferring, or accepting certain risks. A risk management system also includes components that allow an organization to monitor risks on an ongoing basis, resulting in intervention and adaptation of operations or programming as prudence dictates.
B.2.8. The organization shall ensure a qualified person is responsible for administrative and operational decisions.
B.2.15. Critical maintenance items discovered during in-house monitoring and pre-use checks shall be addressed.
B.2.17. The organization shall have a policy for assessing and confirming that activity corridors are clear of obstructions and hazards before each and every participant starts the activity.
This includes assessing and confirming that zip lines, giant swings, etc are clear of obstacles such as ladders, trees and branches, people, vehicles; and dismounting devices.
B.2.18. The organization shall have an appropriate participant screening process.
An appropriate participant screening process varies according to specific circumstances including but not limited to: types of activities offered; activity difficulty levels; and type of environment. The organization solicits sufficient information from the client or participant to facilitate screening, which may include collecting pertinent medical or other information to achieve maximum participant inclusion.
B.2.19. Prior to participation, the organization shall inform participants of the existence of inherent and other risks of course activities, describing a sampling of risks.
B.2.24. The organization should take appropriate measures to provide access to basic amenities for staff and participants.
Basic amenities include, but are not limited to, adequate nourishment and water, access to appropriate bathroom facilities, provision for hand washing, and provision of clean equipment.
B.2.26. Where courses are used in dark or low light environments the organization shall:
- Provide appropriate lighting of all takeoff and landing areas
- Provide personal light or reflective material on each participant
- Provide lighting at all exit and entry areas or any other areas necessary for operations
- Provide sufficient emergency lighting to facilitate evacuation in the even of an emergency or a power failure