Barcelona Field Studies Centre

Hotel Victoria Risk Assessment

The hotel is the 3 star Hotel Victoria located in the Segur de Calafell, a quiet beach resort 40 km to the south of Barcelona. The hotel is 250 metres from the sea. The beach has 'Blue Flag' status, shelving gently. It is monitored by lifeguards during the summer season only.

The hotel rooms are accessed through reception, manned 24 hours a day.

The heated swimming pool is 1.8 metres deep. Lifeguards may be hired by the hour.

The hotel meets all relevant fire, health and safety regulations. Fire escape doors open outwards and are situated on all floors at the far ends of a single accommodation corridor. Stairs halfway along the corridors lead to reception. The fire doors can sometimes need a good push to open. The fire emergency meeting area is outside the hotel in the parking area by the main road.

The hotel contains a gymnasium and sauna which must not be used by students without permission.

Balconies and the consumption of alcohol form the greatest potential risks.






Hazard Likelihood Severity Risk Score Management
Risk of fire in the hotel 1 5 5 Students to be made aware of hotel emergency procedures, fire escape routes and exits. There may be a practice fire drill.

British electrical appliances, e.g. hairdryers, must only be used with approved plug adaptors.

No smoking in hotel rooms or balconies.

Risk of drowning 1 5 5 Swimming in the hotel pool or sea may only be undertaken with the permission of the group leader and in the presence of requisite staff.
Risks associated with being unsupervised in rooms and around hotel corridors and lounge areas 4 2 8 Students will be reminded about expectations regarding behaviour in and around hotel.

Students will not be allowed to invite 'guests' from outside the party back to the hotel. They will be refused entry.

Any damage to hotel furnishings or fittings must be reported immediately to a member of staff and then to hotel management.

Staff rooms will be dispersed among those of students to ensure broadest monitoring and availability in an emergency.

All rooms to be allocated on one floor if at all possible.

Staff will enforce agreed 'bedtimes' and ensure that students are settled when lights go out.

Risks during 'free time' in area around the hotel 3 2 6 Staff will accompany students into appropriate selected venues for 'free time'.

Students warned to be vigilant on roads.

Clear 'ground rules' will be set on expectations regarding behaviour and consumption of alcohol.

Girls in particular to be advised on how to deal with unwanted attention in the street or on the beach.

Students advised to wear appropriate dress and to avoid drawing unwanted attention to themselves by their behaviour.

Risk of minor injury e.g. twisting ankles, scratches from vegetation and insect bites.

Risk of falling from balconies 3 5 15 Clear 'ground rules' will be set on expectations regarding behaviour and consumption of alcohol. Students must not climb between balconies.
Risk of injury in the gymnasium 3 3 9 Students must not use the gymnasium.
Risk of theft outside the hotel. There has been a incident of theft from a group during their departure from the hotel. A group of women approached the hotel entrance as the coach was being loaded and stole a teacher's bag left on the ground. 4 1 4 Staff and students should be particularly vigilant in the area around the hotel. A member of staff should stand in a vantage point at the top of the hotel steps throughout the coach loading and unloading process.
Risk of theft inside the hotel 4 1 4 Access doors to the balconies should be kept locked and blinds drawn when not in the room or sleeping. Valuables should be left in the hotel safe.

Hotel Victoria