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ISO proposal for creation of a new technical committee “Managing Risk for Youth and School Trips”

ISO proposal for creation of a new technical committee “Managing Risk for Youth and School Trips”

The proposal for the creation of a new Project Committee „ Managing Risk for Youth and School Trips” is made by Committee on consumer policy (ISO/COPOLCO) and the secretariat is planned to be hosted by SCC (Standards Council of Canada).

Scope: Тhe envision is the development of a new ISO standard which will provide guidance for managing risk for youth (in particular minors due to their particular vulnerabilities) and school trips for both domestic and international travel. The standard will gather best practices to address typical risks for this sector such as behavioural breaches and carelessness of students, weather-related problems, requirements for those with special needs (such as travellers with disabilities), technical elements such as mechanical failures of equipment, etc. The standard will benefit both the travellers themselves and the organizations that serve them by covering:

This proposed standard will not include how to organize such trips and it will not be limited to adventure travel.

Purpose and justification of the proposal

Each year millions of young people around the world take part in school trips (day trips or excursions that see the group staying one or more nights), for educational field research, sports events, church activities, training, and so forth - domestically and increasingly travelling internationally with their classes, teams or other special interest groups.

As the volume and complexity of organizational needs required constantly increases, both for the groups planning and travelling and for the tourism organizations hosting these groups, so too do the potential risks and hazards associated with these trips. While it is true that risks like vehicular accidents or natural disasters are hard to predict, many risks are avoidable if appropriate checks are carried out. Many injuries and even fatalities are a result of lack of knowledge or carelessness which could and should have been mitigated with more careful planning.

Тhe recent empirical research indicates that many travelling school children do sustain injuries, harm and even fatalities during their trips.

As well, a survey of tools currently available to and used by school boards across the country shows a wide range of differences in detail and scope. This suggests that the health and wellbeing of students is being addressed with differing levels of diligence and confidence across the country.

Of course, the potential for accidents exists everywhere, on trips across the city or across an ocean, in school settings or youth groups. It will vary greatly depending on local conditions, but no one is immune to tragedy. By gathering best practices from as many sources as possible, we can make this standard one which will reduce incidents and, we hope, save lives. It must be careful to make this standard as widely applicable as can be.

Potential stakeholders are: Tour operators, travel agencies, private schools, Schools, school boards, and ministries of education, Consumer associations; parents’ associations; youth groups – scouts, sports and cultural groups, teacher unions, universities for teachers training, universities for tourism management, council of schools, tourism travel confideration

In case of national interest, BDS can approve the creation of ISO/PC on Managing Risk for Youth and School Trips. If the establishment of ISO/PC is accepted by the national standards bodies – members of ISO, Bulgaria can obtain P-membership or O-membership in the work of the newly established committee.

The national stakeholders can provide their position on the proposal for this new field of ISO technical activity by 20.06.2020 to Desislava Gulenova, e-mail: desislava.gulenova@bds-bg.org, tel: +359 2 81 74 581.