Guidance and Services from Third Parties

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The standards prescribe a number of things that may require an organization to consult with or employ the services of a third party such as insurance agents, Professional Vendor Members (PVM) of the ACCT, and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM). The following are standards that call for that:

B.2.6. The organization should maintain appropriate types and amounts of insurance coverage for each location in which they operate.

Insurance coverage may include general liability and other coverages required by law, such as workers compensation.

operational reviewB.2.7. The organization shall engage in a review of its practices by an external qualified person(s), at least once every five (5) years.

The organization engages persons outside of the organization to review operational practices to improve risk management and program quality. This review could range from review of operations by an experienced program manager from another organization to a thorough and comprehensive review of documentation and practices.

*This standard is often overlooked or ignored. Some PVMs can fulfill this requirement of the standards by doing an Operational Review of your organization and operations, usually with a site visit and a thorough review of documents. 

B.2.10. The organization shall have its course(s) inspected by a qualified inspector annually or more frequently as specified by the designer, manufacturer or other qualified person.

Significant environmental impacts such as ice storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, or earthquakes, lightning strike, or other events that may affect the structural integrity of components on the course may trigger the need for an inspection. See Section B of the DPI Standard (Inspection Requirements) for detail on the information required in the report.

B.2.11. The organization shall take appropriate actions based on the results and recommendations of an inspection report provided by a qualified inspector.

Appropriate actions may include, but are not limited to: making recommended repairs to or replacement of course elements or equipment; and/or alterations or maintenance of the environment. This may include suspending operations of all or specific elements, activities, or areas until repairs or other actions have been completed.

B.2.25. The organization shall operate each course element according to the original equipment manufacturers and/or qualified person’s recommended procedures regarding and not limited to capacities, weights, and number of participants.

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