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The UK Good Practice Guide to Working in Safety Advisory Groups

 

The EPC (formerly the Emergency Planning College) today announces the release of the publication of their UK Good Practice Guide to Working in Safety Advisory Groups; this long awaited, definitive guidance focuses on quality assurance of event safety plans and offers essential, sound advice to organisers.

With the increase in the number, variety and complexity of public events, from street parties to festivals, many local authorities now convene advisory groups for other types of activities which fall outside the legal framework for certificated sports grounds. This document seeks to provide guidance which could be applied to both types of advisory groups, reflecting the distinctive roles and status of each.

Managed by Serco, the EPC has worked closely with a variety of partners in the entertainment and events industry and in government to ensure good practice in public safety is established and promoted throughout this guidance.

Safety Advisory groups are critical in assuring that public safety issues are central to the work of the events industry. They have an excellent track record and this Guide provides a good foundation for future practice.

The Health and Safety Executive was consulted in the production of this guidance document and key features include a chapter covering Safety Advisory Group (SAG) constitutions, options and limitations of the SAG and appendices containing a summary of the most relevant legislation, statutory responsibilities of members and examples of SAG good practice.

"It is important that everyone involved in delivering spectator events understands the roles, responsibilities and liabilities." Ruth Shaw, Chief Executive, Sports Grounds Safety Authority

"Today we are launching this definitive guide to support those who are involved in safety advisory groups for a wide range of public events, whether in public and private sector. The Guide offers vital guidance and insight to ensure events are thoroughly great and safe for the public to enjoy. This guide is the first in a series and we are extremely grateful to our partners and those who contributed during the consultation process." Bev Griffiths, Director of Event & Public Safety, EPC

"The fact that the EPC has worked closely with partners in the entertainment and events industry and in government reflects its commitment to be at the heart of the public safety and resilience community, encouraging debate and reflection where it is needed, and leading the way for practitioners and policy makers in establishing and promoting good practice." Dr Campbell McCafferty, Director, Civil Contingencies Secretariat, Cabinet Office.

The Guide is supported by; The Health & Safety Executive, The College of Policing, The Local Authorities' Events Organisers Group and the Association of Festival Organisers.

"I believe this excellent guidance will bring about changes that will lead to consistently positive and beneficial experiences for organisers and safer events for everybody". Andy Grove, Chairman, Local Authority Events Organisers' Group (LAEOG)

"We are delighted that Emergency Planning College consulted widely with the industry to produce this guidance which we believe will be of benefit, not only to the users but to the wider events industry". Steve Heap, General Secretary, Association of Festival Organisers.

For further information please contact:

Beverley Griffiths, Director of Event & Public Safety, EPC.

Phone: 01347 821406

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

http://www.epcollege.com/epc/news/coming-soon-the-uk-good-practice-guide-to-working.aspx

How to Order:

Contact The Stationery Office Ltd (TSO) on +44 (0)1603 696876 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Price: £25.00 (ISBN: 9780117082731(Hard Copy), 9780117082755(pdf)).

Copies are also available from the EPC library.

www.epcollege.com