Event Safety Planning – 14 Must Have Guides

Only a few years ago the events industry only really had to think about 2 guides when it came to safety planning, the purple and green guide. The Green guide is the “Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds” and a government funded guide detailing spectator safety (or crowd management) at sports grounds. The purple guide is “The Event Safety Guide” and covers the safety aspects of music concerts and similar events.

Though the guides have a lot of great content in them there are now many more covering smaller areas of consideration in greater detail.

1. Managing Crowds Safely
Date of publication:2000


Produced by the HSE, this guide is specifically for crowd management and details the systematic management of crowd safety to protect spectators and workers. Predominately it is aimed at organizers and planners.

2. Sound advice: Control of noise at work in music and entertainment
Date of publication:2008


This guide explains the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 and its impact on the events and music industry.

3. The Good Practice Safety Guide
This guide is for “small and sporting events taking place on the highway, roads and public places. It covers events such as cycle races, road running, marathons etc. It even covers bouncy castles!

4. A Review of the management of crowd safety at outdoor street special events
Published: 2010

A report compiled for the HSE by New Bucks Uni looking at the current state of crowd management and their recommendations.

5. Protecting crowded places: design and technical issues
Published: 2012

ISBN: 978-1-84987-393-2

Aimed towards those actually planning and designing built environments but has significant impact on the way events venues are laid out and designed.

6. Crowded Places: The Planning System and Counter-Terrorism
Published: 2012

ISBN: 978-1-84987-392-5

A must read for anyone involved in counter terrorism, gives a really good basic knowledge on the majority of measures for crowded places.

7. Workplace Transport Safety
Date of publication: 2005

ISBN: 978-0-71762-821-6

Although not aimed at the events industry and predominantly focuses on the construction industry, the guide is invaluable for those needing knowledge of how to deal with and 안전놀이터 organize vehicles and parking.

8. Five steps to risk assessment
Date of publication: 2011

ISBN: 978-0-71766-440-5

Although basic and should be part of the bread and butter of any event safety planner, it’s got to be in your arsenal so that it can be referred to at any time if questions arise.

9. Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds
Published: 2007

ISBN Number: 978-0-11702-074-0

The big one for sports grounds, a little bit dated in areas but used throughout the industry as the benchmark. And although it has no statutory force of its own many grounds will have parts of it included in their General Safety Certificates.

10. Fire safety risk assessment – open air events and venues
Published: 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1-85112-823-5

This publication details the fire risk assessment process and gives guidance on how to go about it for events. It also gives some fantastic examples of fire precautions and their implementations.

11. Event Safety Guide
Published: 1999

ISBN: 978-0-71762-453-9

Although not revised since 1999 this guide still provides the basis for most event safety planning in for music concerts and similar events.

12. Fire safety risk assessment – large places of assembly
Published: 2006

ISBN: 978-1-85112-821-1

Another fire risk assessment publication, aimed at large venues (over 300 people).

13. Fire safety risk assessment – small and medium places of assembly
Published: 2006

ISBN: 978-1-85112-820-4

Another fire risk assessment publication, this time aimed at smaller venues (up to 300 people).

14. The Association of Event Organizers eGuide
Published: Ongoing

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