Health & Safety: ticking all the boxes

10/05/2018 12:08:46

Editor of Access All Areas speaks to a health & safety experts to give you key takeaway tips for your outdoor events & festivals.

Consultant James Carr gives his Top 5 Tips:

  1. Use reputable contractors with a good safety record and strict controls
  2. Obtain copies of the contractors public & employers liability insurance certificates
  3. Obtain risk assessments and method statements (RAMS) for work being undertaken
  4. Request evidence of qualifications to ensure subcontractors have the correct training and accreditations for the work which is being undertaken (i.e. Gas Safe registered, NICEIC certified etc.)
  5. Where high risk work is being undertaken (e.g. working at height, hot works etc.) it’s advised that a permit to work system is implemented to control and mitigate the risk

President of NOEA, Andrew Grove, offers his opinion:

"All too often we hear horror stories of events that take on a ‘it couldn’t happen to me’ attitude – incidentally the subject of our convention in November this year – and then find themselves in horrible difficulty. Much of this is down to the negative language associated with the subject and we’re working with ACT National, a Futures Sponsor​ of NOEA, on proactive steps to change this language from one that says ‘no’, to one that looks for ways to say ‘yes’. This is really important in both engaging event organisers, but also creating the right platforms that let their creativity run wild and empower great events to do what they want – safely.”

The Festout view:

Event health & safety is a huge focus of importance for industry, especially in the outdoor and festival sectors, which contains its own set of challenges. Whether brought by the large crowds gathered; length of event; unpredictable weather conditions, plus more. 

Last year's Festout included several health & safety focused learning opportunities, from panel sessions and Q&As, to the chance to speak directly to expert event safety exhibitors. 

Attend this year to expand your knowledge further, in the meantime read the rest of "Health & Safety: ticking all the boxes" on Access All Areas here