For event organisers



Risk assessment
Under the current safety regulations and laws all events whether large, small, indoors, outdoors, charity 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 village fete 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 arena area plus all the stalls, 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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(The most relevant safety law is likely to be the Health and Safety At Work etc. Act 1974 and its accompanying Regulations).

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