Health & Safety

Health & Safety

A great concern to us is the health and safety of our groups. We use our safety management system to promote safety awareness to our suppliers and staff.

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Safety Management System (SMS)

Our SMS lays out our commitment to safety when organising our operations. This is achieved in part through our supplier audits, which are regularly completed to School Travel Forum guidelines, to make sure that our transport, hotel and excursion suppliers are in line with national safety standards and are appropriately documented.

Read our Health & Safety Policy

We're aware of the challenges party leaders face when running educational tours, so to ensure your trip is as safe as possible, we are able to help you complete risk assessments and deal with other safety planning issues.

School Travel Forum 

Equity is a member of the School Travel Forum (STF), a leading group of school tour operators who promote safety and good practice in school travel.

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Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) 

Equity Ltd., is accredited by the LoTC and has been awarded the Quality Badge. This recognises that we have demonstrated a commitment to supplying tours and trips of educational value.

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Please click here for further information about our STF and LOtC accreditation or visit the STF website.

ABTA Members

We are members of ABTA (The Association of British Travel Agents), membership number V5376. Our bond with ABTA protects the coach tours in our programme. ABTA and ABTA members help travellers get the service they have paid for and sort thing out if they go wrong. We are committed to providing a high level of service to you by sticking to ABTA’s code of conduct. More information about ABTA, its code of conduct and the arbitration scheme available if you have a complaint can be found at www.abta.com

ATOL Protected

The air tours in our programme are protected through our ATOL (Air Travel Organiser’s Licence), number 2680, which is given to us by the CAA. ATOL protects you against financial loss when paying money in advance, or being stranded abroad. To do this, ATOL carries out financial checks on its licensed travel operators, and obtains financial guarantees, known as a bonds, which are lodged with the CAA. If a tour operator goes bust, ATOL will ensure you are refunded any money paid, or if you're abroad, arrange for your holiday to end and fly you home. Equity is also accredited by IATA (International Air Travel Association).

Tour Operator Public Liability Insurance

Our Tour Operator Public Liability insurance cover (which is four times the minimum standard) is set at £20 million, extending our duty of care to you.

Insurance Information

We believe the travel insurance policy we offer is one of the best available. In the unfortunate event of a claim, our suppliers in resort are familiar with our policy and procedures, which makes for a smoother operation at a stressful time.

You must however check that our policy provides sufficient cover for your particular needs.

Insurance Documents

If you accepted our nominated insurance policy at the time of booking, please find details of the cover below. It is important that all members of your group and parents of students travelling have access to the full policy at the time of booking your trip; this is when your cover commences.

Please take the time to read the policy documents in full.

If you confirmed your trip before 1st September 2014, please find your documents below:

If you confirmed your trip after 1st September 2014, please find your documents below:


To claim on this policy, please contact:

For medical claims: +44 (0)845 271 4472
For all other claims: +44 (0)844 472 2502

  

Our Coaches

Our coach operators are well established and reliable, whether chosen by us or supplied by trusted agents. All undergo an audit to make sure they provide a high standard of vehicles and drivers, which are both trustworthy and safe. Seat belts are available on all UK coaches, but this is not always the case on overseas coaches. We do however try to employ coaches with seatbelts whenever we can. Audits are carried out in accordance with standards set by the School Travel Forum.

 

Our Accommodation

We do our very best to choose properties which are suited to school group accommodation and audits are carried out on all the properties featured on this website. These covers all essential safety concerns, such as food hygiene, fire and pool safety, and security. The audits are carried out in accordance with standards set by the School Travel Forum.

On your Trip

We do as much as we can to ensure your trip goes to plan, but should things go unexpectedly wrong, you can contact a duty manager 24 hours a day/7 days a week on an emergency number. They will have full details of your tour and be able to deal quickly and effectively with any problems you might have.

 

 

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