Event Safety and Safety at Sports grounds
There are many open spaces and sports grounds in Lincolnshire ranging from parkland to formal venues used for a particular sport such as football, horse or motor bike racing.
Open spaces and Sports grounds are important to us as they allow us to enrich our lives when away from work and provide safe areas for children to play. It is important however that we consider safety at our open spaces and sports grounds when planning events.
As you might imagine there is a wide range of legislation that affects open spaces and sports grounds and it is important that you comply with the relevant legislation if you choose to hold an event. Likewise there is lots of guidance and support available.
The main points to note are:
You may require a licence or need to submit a Temporary Event Notice under the Licensing Act 2003. Advice on this is available through your local district council or through this Culture - alcohol and entertainment.
You may require Planning Permission. Advice on this is available through your Planning Portal.
You may need to conduct risk assessments for fire and health and safety issues and produce an event management plan. Advice on this can be found by Lincolnshire Prepared.
Where the event is to take place at a formal sporting venue or temporary stands are to be erected you will need to consider the Sports Grounds Legislation. More on this can be found by following this Link.
The following is a list of guidance that is available to consult when planning an event. The list is not exhaustive and further guidance can be identified on request.
- Dealing with Disaster. ISBN 187444742X.
- The Event Safety Guide, A guide to Health, Safety and Welfare at Pop Concerts and Similar Events, ISBN 0717624536.
- Managing Crowds Safely HSG 154. ISBN 071761834X.
- Protecting the public: Your next move HSG 151. ISBN 0717611485.
- Code of practice for outdoor events, National Outdoor Events Association 1993 plus amendments 1997.
- A Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds. ISBN 0113000952.
- 5 Steps to Risk Assessment, INDG 163 (Rev 1), HSE Books 1998
- Disability Discrimination Act 1995 - Code of Practice 1995. ISBN 0105450952.
- A guide to Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) ISBN 0717624315.
- Safety Signs and Signals Regulations 1996. ISBN 0717608700.
- Use of LPG cylinders in mobile catering vehicles and similar commercial units, LG Gas Association Code of Practice 24 Part 3 1996. ISBN 187391180.
- Code of practice for mobile and outside caterers, Second Edition, The Mobile Outdoor Caterer Association 1999.
Legislation was introduced to control safety in the larger sports grounds.