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Outdoor leisure activities

Study on non-regulatory measures for the safety of outdoor leisure activities

A study launched in 2012 maps and analyses self-regulatory safety measures in outdoor leisure activities across the EU. Main conclusions from this study are:

  1. The cross-border character of outdoor leisure activities (mobility of providers, workers and consumers) is of paramount significance to the promotion of safety. Consequently, the most obvious level to promote safety in the outdoors should be at EU level.
  2. No outdoor leisure activity is fully and adequately covered at EU or even at country level.
  3. The majority of referenced measures apply per country and only at activity level. In other words, there is no EU wide structural link between all these measures neither at activity level, neither at sectorial level, nor at country level, and certainly not at EU level.
  4. The common feature of these programme safety schemes is that they all focus on the complete management cycle of the provider offering outdoor leisure activities. Instead of focussing on the safety of specific activities, programme safety measures have a tendency to function as audit systems for quality control.
  5. The most effective approach to promote safety in outdoor leisure activities would be a combination of a regulatory measure at EU level with a certification scheme, more precisely an EU programme safety scheme.

Non-regulatory measures related to the safety of outdoor leisure activities in the EU

Report on the risks related to potentially dangerous sports and leisure activities

An estimated 480 000 cases treated each year in casualty departments in the EU are related to certain dangerous sports and leisure services.

The report below was drafted in 2003 by the Dutch Consumer Safety Institute. It gives details of the available information on the risks involved in certain potentially dangerous sports and leisure activities (skiing, diving, fairgrounds, etc.) and an analysis of related accident data, together with an overview of the services related to these activities.

The report was funded by the European Commission. Neither the European Commission nor any person acting on its behalf is responsible for any use that might be made of the information. The information contained in these reports does not necessarily reflect the opinion or the position of the European Commission.

Report on the risks related to potentially dangerous sports and leisure activities

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