New health and safety check for planners

Docleafsafe.com has developed a self-assessment process for conference and incentive travel planners. The system involves an on-line web questionnaire, which overseas suppliers must complete. Following this the software automatically assesses the risk to give a series of scores rated on a gold, silver, bronze or non-compliant basis. This offers organisers a cost-effective means of evaluating suppliers. The results of these self-assessments are compiled on a central database, which companies can then access to look up the health and safety status of a particular supplier. These self-assessment audits cover all the elements required by current EU legislation including fire, pool, general and excursion safety as well as hygiene. For large companies sending thousands of customers to hotels, Docleafsafe.com provides a full inspection undertaken by qualified health and safety staff to review all health and safety elements. However, this is not a viable option for smaller tour operators such as planners, which use hotels on a far more ad hoc basis than leisure tour operators. Docleaf director Colin McGregor said that this addition to docleafsafe.com will be welcomed by the travel industry as a whole. “Our system allows every travel packager to gain access to important health and safety information on overseas suppliers – helping all due diligence needs.”

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