For event organisers



Risk assessment
Under the current safety regulations and laws all events whether large, small, indoors, outdoors, firework or bonfire display etc need to be risk assessed and will need to comply with current safety standards. You're probably thinking to yourself at this stage whether to proceed any further, don't panic its not as bad or as complicated as it all sounds.
So what is a risk assessment and how do I risk assess my event? In plain English a risk assessment is a list of identifiable possible hazards or risks to the general public or helpers, the controls and procedures that are put in place to eliminate or reduce the hazard or risk. Let's say for example that you're holding a firework display on a local farmer's field and will be using various hire services, attractions and amusements.
Before starting your risk assessment prepare a site plan, this can be a sketched plan, preferably to scale, showing the entire event site, with routes in and out for cars, people and emergency services. Then add to the plan the main display area plus all the attractions, marquees etc that you intend to have at your event.
The first step to risk assess your event is to write a comprehensive list of every possible risk and hazard that can be identified from looking at your plan. The main areas to look at are: access to and from your event site, your event site itself, the use of equipment and finally attractions and entertainment for your event.

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Important step  
Regulations are in place to protect the general public from all types of risks and hazards.
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Risk assessment
All events large or small, indoors or outside must be risk assessed.
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Food safety
Providing catering? How to comply with current hygiene regulations.
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Insurance cover
All events, whether large or small will require public liability insurance.
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Local councils
Local councils  provide a wide variety of useful information, advice and services.
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Fireworks and the law
It is against the law to purchase or carry fireworks in public if you're under 18 years old and to throw fireworks or set off fireworks in the street.
It is an offence to let fireworks off during night hours (11pm to 7am), except on Bonfire Night (midnight), Diwali, New Year, and Chinese New Year (1am). Fireworks and bonfire safety at home

1. Read the instructions on your fireworks very carefully.
2. Keep fireworks and bonfires well away from garden sheds, garages, structures and trees, to prevent sparks from setting them alight.
3. Never use petrol, paraffin or inflammable products to light your bonfire.

4. Never place used aerosol spray cans on bonfires these may explode and cause serious injury.
5. Have a couple buckets of water handy in case of an emergency.
6. Keep a good torch at hand so you can read instructions on fireworks and can view where everyone is before you light the firework.
7. Light fireworks at arm's length.
8. Do not drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.

9. Keep fireworks in a closed box.
10. Never return to a firework that has been lit even if it hasn't gone off
11. Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.
12. Always supervise children and provide water buckets to put hot sparklers.
13. Keep pets indoors.

Clearing up the next morning
Carefully check and clear the area of fireworks. Be careful and look out for any that did not go off. Do not throw away onto the smouldering remains of any bonfire as this ignite any that did not go off and may cause serious injury. Dispose of all firework remains safely and sensibly.

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