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Caravan and Camping Sites - Health and Safety Checklist

Caravan and Camping Sites - Health and Safety Checklist for reference when carrying out your risk assessment / assessment review

Typical hazards associated with caravan and camping sites and example control measures.

Please note: the following provides examples, it is not intended as an exhaustive list of areas to consider or a list of all potential hazards and controls relevant to your site. It is provided as an aide and information source to refer to when carrying out your site specific assessment.

Static caravans

Topic Area Example Hazards Example control measures
Siting and desiting of static caravans Fatality/serious injury
Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Plan for siting / desiting of caravans
  • Staff training and supervision
  • Agreed procedure with contractors, including risk assessment
  • Exclude members of public from work area (ideally move caravans when site is closed)

Site Layout

Topic Area Example Hazards Example control measures

Layout of:

  • Holiday lets
  • Owner occupied
  • Touring Caravans
  • Camping Pods
  • Tents
Fire risk
  • Adequate separation between units. Including controls on the construction of decking between units' according to site licence conditions and fire risk assessment
  • No combustible sheds or other structures within the separation distance
  • No combustible storage beneath caravans or decking
  • Vegetation kept cut back
  • Fire hose reels and extinguishers provided in accordance with site licence conditions
  • Maintenance regime for fire fighting equipment, including frost protection

See GOV.UK guidance on Fire safety risk assessment: sleeping accommodation

Camping pods

Topic Area Example Hazards Example control measures
Use Carbon monoxide (CO) Notices within pods that no gas heaters, naked flames or BBQs allowed within pods
Advice given to pod users at booking and on arrival, advice displayed on site and at retail point where BBQ's sold.
For further information see links below:

Tents / Caravans

Topic Area Example Hazards Example control measures
Use Carbon monoxide (CO)

Advice displayed on site and at retail point where BBQ's sold of dangers of CO.

For further information see:

Site Services

Topic Area Example Hazards Example control measures
Electrical installation and equipment Electric shock and burns
  • Regular visual checks for damage to installations, including hook ups and equipment
  • Electrical testing and inspection reports up-to-date, in compliance with site licence conditions
  • Work undertaken by competent person conversant with statutory requirements eg NICEIC or ECA contractor.
  • Isolation of abandoned pitches
  • Regular Residual Current Device (RCD) checks
Overhead electric cables Electrocution
  • Overhead lines insulated, anti climb devices fitted.
  • Warning notices displayed
  • Advice given to site users

For further information see:

Gas Gas leak/explosion
Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Replace old or perished gas hoses
  • Annual gas safety checks of site boilers, water heaters etc and equipment in holiday lets by Gas Safe Installer registered to work on LPG on caravan sites

For further information see:

LPG

Topic Area Example Hazards Example control measures
LPG storage Gas leak/ explosion/fire

Compound for storage of new and used gas cylinders

  • Suitably sited - away from buildings and drain gullies.
  • Kept locked
  • Free from overgrown vegetation
  • Adequate size to meet site requirements (no stacking of cylinders)
  • No cylinder storage outside the cage
  • Warning signage displayed
  • No smoking

For further information see:

Roadways and footpaths

Topic Area Example Hazards Example control measures
Pedestrian safety
  • slips and trips
  • collision with vehicles
  • Maintain access roads and footpaths in good repair
  • Speed limits imposed
  • Pedestrian routes clearly marked
  • Provide handrails to steps
  • Lighting of footways as necessary
  • Clearly marked road system
  • Separate pedestrians from vehicles where possible

(See link below)

Traffic routes Vehicles - collision
  • Clearly marked traffic route, no obstructions
  • Speed limit applied
  • Adequate road width or one-way system in place

A workplace transport safety checklist see: HSE's inspection checklist web page.

Winter conditions Icy/snowy conditions
  • Treatment of road and footpaths as appropriate
  • Signage

For further information see:

Amenity blocks

Topic Area Example Hazards Example control measures
Floors Slips/trips
  • Slip resistant flooring
  • Adequate cleaning procedures
  • Signage for wet/slippery floors

For further information see: HSE's webpage on slip and trips

Water temperature Scalding from hot water
  • Thermostatic control valves at water outlets
  • Warning signage

For further information see: The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (ciphe) PDF on safe hot water

Legionella Legionella risk
  • Boiler maintenance according to manufacturers instructions
  • Run all showers and other fittings weekly to avoid water stagnating
  • Dismantle and clean shower heads at least quarterly
  • Remove redundant pipework
  • Keep water cisterns covered, insulated and free of debris

For further information see: HSE's web page on Legionella and Legionnaires' disease

Laundry room Electric shock/physical injury
  • Ensure safety of electrical equipment
  • Interlocks fitted to washing machines, dryers and so on.

Guidance for launderettes is available from the NALI (National Association of the Launderette Industry website.

Leisure

Topic Area Example Hazards Example control measures
Play Areas Slips, trips and falls
  • Regular safety checks of equipment and surrounding area
  • Suitable floor surface material, replaced or repaired as necessary
  • Safe access route to the playground
  • Exclusion of animals
  • Safety signage displayed for example: supervision by parents, age restrictions / zones.

For further information see RoSPA's web page on play safety advice and Information.

Spa Pools / Hot Tubs Legionella
Risk of other infections
  • Staff training in pool management
  • Effective water treatment
  • Water sampling programme
  • Instructions to users

For further information see:

Asbestos

Topic Area Example Hazards Example control measures
Asbestos containing material Asbestos related disease
  • Find out whether there are any materials containing asbestos on the site and, if so, where it is and what condition it is in. If in doubt, materials must be presumed to contain asbestos;
  • assess the risk and
  • make a plan to manage that risk and act on it.

For guidance see HSE's web page on the duty to manage asbestos.

Grounds Maintenance

Topic Area Example Hazards Example control measures
Grounds Maintenance Chemical poisoning
  • Safe use of grass cutting and other equipment
  • Trained staff
  • Equipment maintenance

For further information see:

  Physical injury
  • Safe use of grass cutting and other equipment
  • Trained staff
  • Equipment maintenance

For further information see:

Conflicting site uses

Topic Area Example Hazards Example control measures
Conflicting site uses Collision/accident Other activities kept separate from the caravan site

Other site features

Topic Area Example Hazards Example control measures
Steep slopes/ sudden changes in level Slips trips and falls
  • Fencing as appropriate
  • Warning signage
  • Advice to site users
Watercourses Drowning
Flood risk
  • Fencing as appropriate
  • Warning signage
  • Advice to site users

For more information see GOV.UK web page on flooding and coastal change - camping and caravan sites: minimise your flood risk

Ticks Lyme Disease

Information provided on site.

For posters and further information see:

Information Sources:

  • Eden District Council, Food, Health and Safety Team
    Address: Mansion House, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7YG.
    Telephone: 01768 817817
  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
    Website: www.hse.gov.uk
  • Gas Safe register
    Address: PO Box 6804, Basingstoke RG24 4NB.
    Telephone: 0800 408 5500
    Website: www.gassaferegister.co.uk
  • British Holiday and Home Parks Association (BH&HPA),
    Address: 6 Pullman Court, Great Western Road, Gloucester, GL1 3ND.
    Telephone: 01452 526911
    Website: http://www.bhhpa.org.uk/
  • National Caravan Council,
    Address: Catherine House, Victoria Road, Aldershot, Hampshire GU11 1SS.
    Telephone: 01252 318251
    Website: http://www.nationalcaravan.co.uk
  • The Caravan and Camping Club,
    Address: Greenfields House, Westwood way, Coventry CV4 8JH.
    Telephone: 024 7647 5448
    Website: http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/
  • The Caravan Club Limited,
    Address: East Grinstead House, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 1UA.
    Telephone: 01342 326 944
    Website: http://www.caravanclub.co.uk
  • Caravan Industry Training (CITO),
    Address: 74-76 Victoria Road, Aldershot, Hampshire GU11 1SS.
    Telephone: 01252 796085
  • Fire Industry Association,
    Address: Tudor House, Kingsway Business Park, Oldfield Road, Hampton, Middlesex TW12 2HD
    Telephone: 020 3166 5002
    Website: http://www.fia.uk.com
  • UKLPG,
    Camden House, Warwick Road, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 1TH
    Website: http://www.uklpg.org/

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