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Laws & Regulations

Below is a list of just some of the laws and guidelines everyone must adhere to when organising an event. And this does not take into account our common-law duties of care.

Yes is it very daunting. It has been included here for two reasons; one - it can be used as a reference in case you need to look anything up and two - to let you know what areas The Safety Organisation cover and therefore how we might be able to assist you to organise your event.

 

Legislation - Compulsory
 
Relevance
The Public Order Act 
1986
Processions
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order
2005
Fire safety plans and risk assessments
Highly Flammable Liquids and Liquefied Petroleum Gases Regulations
1972
May include heaters, cooking etc
Health and Safety at Work Act
1974
Over-riding H & S requirements law
The Purple Guide (to health, safety, welfare at music & other events
2014 (onwards)
Guidance for events organisers, contractors and other suppliers.
Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations
2013
Responsibly re illness, injuries at work + training
The Control of Pesticides Regulations
1986
Essential knowledge/awareness if having outdoor event
Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Act
1987
Events in sports stadia
The Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations
2009
Information for employees (eg poster/card/leaflet)
Noise at Work Regulations
2005
Safety of hearing for workforce
Electricity at Work Regulations
1989
Electrical; Design, control, influence, maintenance etc
The Construction (Head Protection) Regulations
1989
Repealed but hard hats still necessary as PPE
The Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 
2012
Hourly rate charged by HSE if breaches found. (£124.0)
Environment Protection Act
1990
Integrated pollution prevention and control 
Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations
1992
Wide range of health, safety and welfare topics.
Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations
1992
Computer usage. Includes short and long term issues.
Personal Protective Equipment Regulations
1992
PPE is last line of defence & must be assessed/provided
Manual Handling Operations Regulations
1992
Relates to all human lifting, moving, pushing, pulling etc
Construction (Design and Management) Regulations
2015
Construction sites, inc. events. Legal duties of all.
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations
2013
Recording, reporting etc re injuries, diseases, incidents
Construction (Health Safety and Welfare) Regulations
1996
Safe workplace and access / egress (construction work)
Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations
1996
Requirements for and standardization of EU signs etc
The Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 
1996
Employers’ duties re consultation with workforce
The Confined Spaces Regulations
1997
Protection of employees in confined spaces
Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations
1998
Duties re lifting equipment.
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
1998
Duties can relate to ANY equipment used for work.
Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations
1998
Re Install, service, etc  of - gas equipment and parts
Equality Act 
2010
Equality policies and practices – now includes disability
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
1999
Includes; risk assess, policies, checks, actions & more
Road Traffic Act
1991
Starting point re legislation for road safety 
Pressure Systems Safety Regulations
2000
Pressurised equipment (eg. spraying, hydraulics etc)
Licensing Act
2003
Covers licensable activities (need for licence etc)
The Fireworks Regulations
2004
Importation, supply, possession / contols of fireworks
Civil Contingencies Act
2004
Preparation and planning for emergencies
Building Regulations
various
Construction, usage, changes of use re buildings
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations
2004
Safe management of hazardous materials
The Employers' Liability (Compulsory Insurance) (Amendment) Regulations
2004
Compulsory insurances
The Work at Height Regulations
2005
Safety when working at (any) height
Guidelines - strongly advised as minimum standards – this really is just a few representative examples. There are many others. Not law but are regarded as best practice.
Guide to safety at sports grounds 
2001
(The Green Guide) Relates to sports venues.
Managing Crowds Safely
2000
This is a complex area and this document is included to illustrate a starting point upon which to address this very important subject. 
Fire Safety Risk Assessment (series of books - 11 in all - HM Government)
2006
Guides to fire safety requirements
Fairgrounds and Amusement Parks, Guidance on safety practice - HSE)
1998
Self explanatory title

Working Together on Firework Displays (HSE)

1999

Self explanatory title