HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES
Below is an outline of our Health and Safety Guidelines. You will be given more detail about health and safety when you collect the van. Our campervan information pack, which reside in each campervan, also provide details of health and safety guidelines for driving the vans, and using the van facilities, etc. We suggest you read this information after you have received your handover briefing, collected your van and before you set off to your destination as, in addition to the health and safety considerations, they provide useful information about your van and its facilities.
When you arrive at our premises to collect your van, please keep your children supervised at all times and if you are required to accompany a member of the staff into the premises, your family members should be left in the waiting room.
Please take all precautions to protect your own health and safety and that of anyone else in the campervan or tent, including the health and safety of persons not in your party that may be affected by your conduct and actions. Do not leave your children unattended in the campervan or tent at any time. Ensure a responsible adult is in the vehicle at all times when the appliances are being used. Ensure you are aware of the location of safety equipment such as the fire blanket (under rock and roll bed), warning triangle (under or behind the passenger’s seat), first aid kit (under rock and roll bed), smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on the ceiling and fire extinguisher (on its stand). When cooking using the hob, make sure that the sliding window nearest to the cooker is open.
Fire; accidents; breakdown; etc.
See our campervan information pack provided in the van. You will also be given verbal instructions when you collect the van. It is imperative that you and your party are familiar with these instructions.
Health and Safety at Campsites
When you arrive at each Campsite, ensure you familiarise yourself, and all members of your party, with the health and safety arrangements applicable on the site. It is imperative you are aware of the following:
- Fire – to include assembly point, systems for raising the alarm, etc.
- First Aid – location of the site first aid box, location details of the site first aiders, etc
- Accident Reporting for both major and minor injuries.
You must carry only as many passengers as there are seat belts in the van and ensure all passengers are strapped into the seatbelts when the vehicle is moving. Passengers travelling in the buddy seats do so at their own risk. You are legally responsible for obtaining and using an appropriate child or baby seat based on the information you obtained prior to arrival.
Please remember to secure the roof down before driving anywhere. Please only raise the elevating roof when the vehicle is stationary – the ignition is switched off, the hand brake is on and you are parked on level ground. ALWAYS ensure the elevating roof is down and strapped into place before moving off and that any material is tucked within the elevating roof when in the closed position.
If you are using the roof rack, we cannot accept responsibility for any injury to yourself or anyone else, or loss or damage to your own or anyone else’s property. If you do decide to put something on the roof rack, it is your responsibility to secure it well and to take the objects on and off, being mindful of the risks involved in lifting large or/and heavy items and items falling onto persons below.
Use of Appliances and Equipment
Ensure you read the instructions for the use of the appliances and facilities in the campervan before using any of them. You will have been told how to use these when you collected the van. The instructions are to be found in the information pack. Please exercise caution at all times when using the appliances and facilities.
Ensure the gas is turned off at the gas cylinder at all times when the cooker is not in use. Please ensure all the appliances are switched off and the gas is turned off at the cylinder before retiring at night and before driving. To turn the gas off at the cylinder, turn the black knob on the regulator clockwise as per the demonstration at the handover. Turning this black knob anti clockwise turns the gas on. Only use the appliances and facilities whilst the vehicle is parked on level ground, with the handbrake on. You may operate the fridge whilst the vehicle is moving as long it is only using the battery as its power source and not the mains hook up. Never ever have the cooker operating with gas when you are driving. Before starting to drive the van, always ensure the electrical supply is disconnected.
Stowage of the Table Top
Please always ensure the table top is carefully stowed and held in place to ensure it remains safely secure should you need to brake unexpectedly.
Use of a disposable BBQ
Do not use any disposable BBQ in the immediate vicinity of a campervan or awning and keep it at a distance of at least 3 metres from the awning and van when used. Please seek permission before using a disposable BBQ on someone’s land, be it a campsite or a farm.
Please note that the water in your campervan is not drinking water.
Whilst our campervans have been improved, please remember that you are driving something that was designed in the 60s and built in the 70s. Please bear this in mind and relax into a different pace of life. The camper is in charge! The top engine speed for these vans was advertised at 50 mph!!! Please allow ample time for all your journeys. As your vehicle does not have ABS, please leave lots of space, be vigilant on the road and allow more time for braking and gear changing. The van does not have the capability to accelerate out of any situation, so again, drive carefully and remain extra vigilant, being aware that this is a totally different driving experience and you are on holiday!
It will take you at least 10 miles of driving to become used to the level of steering input required to operate the camper confidently. We recommend that you drive no faster than 40 mph until you are used to the steering, brakes, and gear change. Make all gear changes SLOWLY. If in doubt, drive at a speed at which you are comfortable. You will however, adapt quickly to the characteristics of the van.
Please do not drive or operate anything in the vehicle when you are under the influence of drink or drugs or any medication that may cause drowsiness. Do not operate any mobile device such as a mobile telephone whist driving the van.
We ask that you exercise caution at all times in the use of the campervan and its equipment, following instructions (given verbally on collection and provided in your campervan information pack) where appropriate. Please do not hesitate to contact us (Colin & Sam on 07935 010978) if you are unsure about how to operate anything. View from the Slow Lane Ltd cannot be held responsible for any customer negligence where instructions have not been followed, or where unauthorised equipment has been used.