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Managing Visitor Safety in the Countryside

Managing Visitor Safety in the Countryside is the established guide for owners and managers of open spaces, both urban and rural. First written in 2003 by members of the Visitor Safety in the Countryside Group it is now available in a brand new edition. It has been completely revised, expanded and brought right up to date to reflect the latest thinking on assessing benefits and risks. It is written with years of practical experience of VSCG members.

The guiding principles and practical risk management techniques covered in this book have proved their worth in practice and have been endorsed by the Health and Safety Executive and recognised by courts as the basis for sensible risk management. The guiding principles have been adapted for use by the National Water Safety Forum and the National Tree Safety Group. They underpin the code of practice for open farms, zoos, agricultural shows and other attractions where visitors have contact with animals.

To see an independant review in the official magazine of IOSH, click Safety__Health_Practitioner_July_2012.pdf

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The advice will help anyone who invites members of the public onto:

  • moors, mountains and open countryside
  • parks and gardens, historic properties and archaeological remains
  • footpaths and waymarked trails
  • forests, country parks and nature reserves
  • waterways and coastlines
  • urban green space
  • visitor centres

The opening section of the book lays out the guiding principles that give managers the confidence to make decisions when balancing risk with benefits. It then shows you how to set about it in practice, with chapters on planning & organising and risk assessment. There are supporting chapters covering:

  • the role of information & education in risk control
  • incident reporting & investigation
  • emergency planning & procedures
  • the law & visitor safety.

As an example you can view the section on Guiding Principles

Individual case studies are also provided. Some other case studies are detailed on this website.

Over 3500 copies have been sold to 460 different organisations, including 26 government agencies, 112 local authorities, 38 national park authorities, regional and country parks, 37 nature, wildlife and conservation trusts, 42 country houses, farms and estates, 10 water companies and 11 navigation organisations. It is a reference work in over 100 universities, training centres and consultancies.

The brand new edition of Managing Visitor Safety in the Countryside, endorsed by the Health and Safety Executive, is now in stock.

“The Health and Safety Executive was consulted in the production of this publication. It endorses the sensible, proportionate, reasonable and balanced advice to owners on managing visitor safety set out in the guidance.”
Health and Safety Executive

Copies of this 90 page full colour publication can be purchased from York Publishing Services, price £15 (plus postage and packing). Discounts at 10% apply to purchases of 20 or over, and 20% for 50 or over. ISBN 978 0 9569844 0 1

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To purchase the book contact:

York Publishing Services
64 Hallfield Road,
Layerthorpe,
York,
YO31 7ZQ.

Tel. No. 01904 431213

Email: orders@yps-publishing.co.uk

Payment can be made by cheque or credit card (Telephone orders accepted.)

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