Health and safety | GeoCultura

Health and safety

The health and safety of everyone on our tours is of paramount importance. Find out more about the steps we take to ensure your wellbeing

Our People

  • All GeoCultura tours will have a tour manager present, whose role is to ensure the safe management of the tour, oversee all participants and the environment and be a part of the leadership team with the tour leader. They have the authority to modify or prohibit any tour activity as part of their dynamic safety management.
  • GeoCultura tour managers have appropriate experience and training in many different areas of field safety and will dynamically manage tours in accordance with our HSE guidelines and external standards (BS8848).
  • All GeoCultura tour managers have been trained and hold a current first aid certificate appropriate to working in a field environment. Emergency action/response training is undertaken in conjunction with the base office.
  • Where appropriate, GeoCultura tour managers will have completed specific training relating to any specific field tour activity.
  • Our GeoCultura tour managers are all selected for their abilities, competence and experience in the field, which ensure the tours are managed with the highest standards of health, safety and environmental considerations.

Safety Management Systems

  • All tours have been scheduled around ideal seasonal conditions to minimize environmental hazards. Where necessary, pre-tour field reconnaissance will have been carried out.
  • GeoCultura monitors political and social conditions in countries where tours take place and will respond appropriately to any potentially hazardous situations.
  • To assist participants in their choice of tour, each tour is graded according to the physical demands that are placed on the participant. Each tour will also be assigned a kit list, which is sent to the participant as part of the tour Joining Instructions, in order to guide participants as to what personal clothing/equipment they should carry with them.
  • Some locations require specific safety equipment to be worn or used. Where this is the case, equipment fit for purpose will be provided and, where required, explanations will be given on correct usage.
  • Post tour documentation and actions are reviewed and, where necessary, appropriate improvements are made to the tour for future runs and successive planning.
  • The processes employed are both internally and externally audited and are aligned to BS8848 safety management systems.

Accessibility and Inclusiveness

GeoCultura believes that all tours should be inclusive.

Participants who may require assistance to access locations due to differing abilities, are requested to contact the GeoCultura office and discuss a plan of action to allow them to take part. GeoCultura staff have experience in assisting participants with differing abilities and will endeavour to facilitate attendance on their chosen tour.

Insurance and Medical Details

Participants are recommended to have travel and medical insurance and carry the details with them at all times.

Activity and Terrain

Each of our tours has been graded 'Leisurely', 'Moderate' or 'Difficult' according to how physically challenging it would be for a person of average fitness. The local climate and elevation, along with the length and difficulty of any excursions which take place throughout the tour all contribute to its activity level.

These gradings, determined by our team of field safety officers, are relative and stated purely to assist you in having the best possible experience. If you have any queries relating to the activity level of a tour, please get in touch with us here.

Kit List

For every tour we provide participants with a detailed required kit list. However, some common items that are generally expected to be needed on a tour include:

  • Walking/hiking boots
  • Backpack
  • Sun protection e.g. broad-brimmed hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
  • Cold protection e.g. hat, gloves, spare clothes, fleece
  • Waterproofs e.g. jacket/shell and trousers
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Water bottle
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal medications

Covid-19

GeoCultura takes its responsibility for protecting you from the risks of catching Covid-19 very seriously. As the pandemic continues to evolve we will update the approach accordingly. All of our tours will be run with protocols in place to minimise the risk of transmission, which will include:

  • Participants must demonstrate they have been vaccinated against Covid or have had Covid within the previous six months
  • Participants must meet the national and local Covid requirements of the country in which a tour runs
  • Participants must provide evidence of a negative Covid test within three days before the start of a tour
  • Participants should declare they are symptom-free
  • GeoCultura will ensure appropriate recommendations are followed, including well-ventilated transportation
  • GeoCultura will encourage social distancing, where appropriate

Full details of our protocols will be sent with your tour Joining Instructions. Please be aware that our protocols may change as new information about Covid becomes available.