Released on: September 16, 2008, 9:31 am

Press Release Author: Check Safety First

Industry: Transportation & Logistics

Press Release Summary: prepares help guide to assist
holidaymakers in identifying basic health and safety hazards in their private
holiday accommodation.

Press Release Body: Due to the rise in low cost flights and do-it-yourself holiday
websites, private villas have become a popular choice for holidaymakers. However,
independent health and safety expert,, is warning
travellers on the potential dangers of staying in rented accommodation, before their
break turns into a holiday from hell.

To re-enforce this concern, has prepared a free,
straightforward guide to help holidaymakers identify basic health and safety hazards
in their private holiday accommodation - before it ruins their break.

The free download, ‘Ten top tips to staying safe in private holiday homes and
villas’, is available at and contains details and advice
for holidaymakers on some of the basic health and safety considerations that ANY
villa or apartment should have in place to protect its guests. It covers
accommodation quality, swimming pools, hygiene, fire and even hire car safety, all
of which is designed to make people more conscious of standards and potential risks
during their time away.

"Each year, millions of Brits suffer illness or injury on their summer holiday,"
explains the company's CEO, Mark Harrington. "For some, it’s just the combination
of too much sun, sand and sangria, but for many holidaymakers the problem needn’t
have happened. It is vital for travellers to realise the role that poor health and
safety standards in villas and apartments can play in ruining a family break, before
it happens."

‘Ten top tips to staying safe in private holiday homes and villas’ has been designed
for people to take with them on their travels. For information and advice on how to
stay safe on holiday please visit, which lists hotels and
private rental accommodation that have achieved exceptional standards of hygiene.

About Check Safety First
Check Safety First supplies health and safety risk management audit systems to
hotels, holiday properties and restaurants around the world.

The company enables these organisations to meet and exceed local and international
legislative and best practice requirements for health and safety, through the
implementation of HACCP and compliance management systems. Check Safety First also
offers training, ongoing assessment and appraisals in accordance with the Cristal
Mark, a standard developed in line with World Health Organisation’s guidelines and
the benchmark for food safety since its launch in 1997.

In November 2007 the company launched Via Cristal, a health and safety system
developed specifically for overseas holiday properties. Based on the best practice
principles of the Cristal Mark, Via Cristal enables property owners to mitigate the
risk of guests becoming unwell or injured during their time in the accommodation by
providing comprehensive health and safety guidelines backed by annual audits.

All hotels and holiday homes that meet the company’s stringent criteria are listed
on, the only resource which provides the travelling public
with access to a database of venues that have obtained health and safety excellence.

Check Safety First is a member of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s ‘Know Before
You Go’ campaign and an ABTA Travel partner. The company’s global network is
headquartered at The Wine Warehouse, The Back, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16 5HH,

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Contact Details: 0118 988 2992

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