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The event safety guide: A guide to health, safety and welfare at music and similar events (2nd edition) – Health and Safety Executive (1999)


Author: Health and Safety Executive
Organisation/Affiliation/Publisher: HSE Books
Date: 1999

Read the 1999 edition.

Affectionately referred to by many as ‘The Purple Book’, the Event Safety Guide aims to help those who organise music events so that the events run safely. The event organiser, whether an individual, collective or local authority, has prime responsibility for protecting the health, safety and welfare of everyone working at, or attending, the event. The guide brings together information needed by event organisers, their contractors and employees to help them satisfy the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSW Act) and associated regulations. It will also enable organisers to understand the needs of others concerned with events, such as the local authority and emergency services, with whom they will need to co-operate.  The guide makes clear what is required and why it is necessary or sensible to do this. The guide does not replace the need for event organisers to seek advice from other sources and particularly for consultation with local authorities and emergency services.  As well as event organisers, others will find the guide useful, eg local authorities, health and safety enforcement officers, emergency services, contractors and subcontractors working at the event. The guide provides basic standards and safety measures through which it is hoped to encourage a consistency of approach while leaving scope for flexibility, taking into account the nature and size of the event.It contains chapters on the following:

Planning and management; Venue and site design; Fire safety; Major incident planning (emergency planning); Communication; Crowd management; Transport management; Structures; Barriers; Electrical installations and lighting; Food, drink and water; Merchandising and special licensing; Amusements, attractions and promotional displays; Sanitary facilities; Waste management; Sound: noise and vibration; Special effects, fireworks and pyrotechnics; Camping; Facilities for people with special needs; Medical, ambulance and first-aid management; Information and welfare; Children; Performers; TV and media; Stadium music events; Arena events; Large events; Small events; Classical music events; Unfenced or unticketed events, including radio roadshows; All-night music events; Unlicensed events; Health and safety responsibilities.

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