HEALTH & SAFETY

We believe that meaningful learning experiences arise organically within safe, challenging learning parameters. Therefore, China New Horizons’ top priorities are health and safety. CNH works diligently to maintain the highest international standards for adventurous and non-adventurous activities. We commit ourselves to updating our curriculum to align with best-practice risk assessment approaches. We continuously alter and refine our Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) to reflect potential hazards within our experiential environments. We are rigorous in our staff trainings to identify and mitigate risk in the field.
We also believe that experiential education should come with some level of healthy risk or perceived risk. Research indicates that an experiential learning environment that contains some level of managed, healthy risk allows for the greatest learning outcomes to be achieved. For this reason, CNH strives to create a learning atmosphere that provides room for growth, while also maintaining international safety standards.

OUR APPROACH TO MANAGING RISKS INCLUDES:

  • Employing qualified and experienced staff and ensuring that all field staff and group leaders are trained in safe operating procedures.
  • Using 3rd party companies to check all technical equipment and features; including rock climbing, kayaking and hiking equipment
  • Establishing a 15:1 student-to-staff ratio for non-water-based activities
  • Establishing an 8:1 student-to-staff ratio for technical water-based activities
  • Utilising only reputable transportation companies, whose vehicles are fitted with safety belted seats.
  • Identification of the risks associated with activities and locations, as well as the development of measures to minimize these risks.
  • Ensuring each CNH instructor is CPR and Wilderness First Aid trained and hold Safeguarding & Child Protection certifications.
  • Our Pak Lap Wan site has a private campsite; night supervisors are in place to provide supervision during night time
  • Ensuring there are adequate communication, medical and evacuation plans and procedures in place.
  • Using accommodation that has fire extinguishers, fire routes and night-duty guards.