Health and Safety Measures For Campsites

Posted by Anne-Marie Adams on Feb 1, 2019 12:19:43 PM

Health and Safety Measures For Campsites

Setting up a campsite requires careful planning and preparation to mitigate some of the safety hazards that are bound to occur. We have highlighted some of the health and safety measures for a new campsite setup.

Fire Risk

Campsites are prone to fire hazards especially if you have several camps/pods on the same site. As an investor, the last thing you want to hear is a fire truck roaring towards your campsite. Some of the precautions you should take to minimize the risk of fire include:

• Cutting vegetation around the campsite

• Adequate spacing of the units to conform with the site fire risk assessment

• Ensure that combustibles are handled professionally

• Ensure there are no structures in the separation area

• Provide well-maintained fire-extinguishing gear within the campsite

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Electric Shock and Burns

If your camp/s utilises electric power, then you need to be careful with the safety of the installations and equipment as they are a major health and safety hazard. Some of the precautions you can take include:

• Make regular checks on the safety of electrical installations

• Ensure that testing and inspection reports are compliant with site license requirements

• All electrical works are conducted professionally in compliance with statutory requirements

• Educate site users about the risk of electrical hazards

Gas Related Hazards

If you will be using gas in your camp/s, then you need to be careful with LPG storage and gas-related equipment to minimize leaks, explosions and gas poisoning. Some of the safety measures you can take include:

• Replace old and worn out gas hoses and cylinders

• Comply with gas safety checks for all gas-consuming equipment on the site

• Only hire gas installers who are licensed to work on campsites

• Isolate LPG storage from other structures and secure it against fire risks and trespassers

Create Roadways and Footpaths

If you are setting up a campsite with a heavy human traffic, it is important to implement safety measures that minimize collisions and pedestrian slips. Some of the safety precautions include:

• Impose speed limits

• Mark pedestrian paths clearly

• Ensure that footpaths and access roads are in good condition

• Light up access routes

• Provide handrails for steep/slippery tracks

The list is not exhaustive but demonstrates why you need professional support when setting up a campsite. We, at Camping Cabins, have been helping clients with health and safety for new campsite setups for the last 18 years. We guide you from the planning to identifying appropriate sites and amenities for your campsite to ensure maximum safety for you and your clients.

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