Risk Assessment

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Risk-Assessment

Risk Assessment is essential to business success

Risk assessment is something we all do when we cross the road, decide whether or not to smoke or climb a ladder. None of us want to be harmed as a result and we make a judgement about whether or not we believe we will be. If the information we use to make the decision is wrong or we choose to ignore it, we may well suffer as a result.

Risk assessments are an ABSOLUTE LEGAL REQUIREMENT in the work situation.

If there are five or more employees, including the manager and part time staff, the assessment must be written down. With less than five employees it is much more likely that information can be passed to everyone who needs it in the course of a simple discussion as with all Steelasophical performances.

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What is a Basic Disclosure?


Sometimes referred to as a Basic DBS check or basic criminal record check, a Basic Disclosure is carried out by the DBS for people living or working in England or Wales. For those living or working in Scotland, this check will be completed by Disclosure Scotland.

A basic disclosure will search for any unspent convictions and conditional cautions on an individual’s criminal history in order to make an informed hire and prevents the hiring of unsuitable candidates around vulnerable groups.

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Risk Assessment Explained

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What you need to do is think about:

  • What are the things that could go wrong?
  • Who could be affected?
  • How likely are things to go wrong?
  • What can be done to stop them going wrong or reduce the consequences?
  • Have checks been carried out to be sure that the controls were effective?

Put simply, RECOGNISE, EVALUATE, CONTROL, MONITOR.

For some things there are more detailed legal requirements for assessing risk. The important ones you are likely to come across are:

  • Risks from chemicals (COSHH)
  • Risks from asbestos
  • Risks from lifting and moving things by hand (manual handling)
  • Risks from office equipment
  • Risk from Fire

Remember, some of the tasks you perform, like ladder work, may not have their own set of regulations but best practice could be buried inside other regulations.

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7 things every event safety plan should include

Here are 7 things every event safety plan should include:

1. Health and Safety Risk Assessment

2. Measures to Alleviate Risks

3. An Emergency Plan

4. Food Safety Considerations

5. Crowd Management

6. A Parking Plan

7. Appropriate Training for All Staff

1. Health and Safety Risk Assessment

The complexity of the event will determine the length and thoroughness of your health and safety risk assessment. For a simple soiree, a standard risk assessment is sufficient, addressing specific issues that may arise at the event – that would endanger any staff, any people attending the event, and any members of the public/anyone who could be impacted.

For complex events, you may need an Event Management Plan or an Event Safety File when conceptualising the event. You could also hire a safety adviser to make sure that all ideas are taken into account.

An outdoor catered wedding that takes place in a marquee can create hazards such as the possibility of waitstaff tripping by walking from the interior of the marquee across the grass to the interior of the catering building; there may be tent poles that may be a tripping hazard as well along the exterior. In this scenario, employee, slips, trips, and falls – the most common workplace accident – could be a threat to this individual’s health and safety, so providing training as well as slip-resistant shoes may help manage and eliminate those risks, especially for waitresses and waiters working at an outdoor event. See how our new sole technology eliminates these risks. 

To manage risk, you must identify and analyse any exposures, examine any risk management techniques, select an appropriate technique, implement the techniques, and monitor the results.

2. Measures to Alleviate the Risks

Alleviating and managing risk at your event involves identifying what could go wrong – within reason – and putting measures in place to make sure those risks are lessened or eliminated, if possible. When your chefs are working in a new kitchen, the head chef and a qualified risk manager must examine the new workspace to make sure that all of the equipment is up to the appropriate safety standards. On the other hand, if food is being brought from an offsite location, the risks associated with moving food have to be considered instead.

3. Develop An Emergency Plan

Every event safety plan needs an emergency plan in case there’s need to evacuate, in case of a fire, or any other circumstances. You want to train staff on what to do in case of emergency, decide who will take action, how you will let people know about the emergency (i.e. radio, mobile phones, coded messages), who will make statements about the incident to the authorities and emergency services. You’ll also need a contingency plan as part of your safety manual. The contingency plan should be discussed with the emergency services, they should have a copy, and everything should be well-documented. They will need to know, for example, the number of guests and staff and their names, if possible, as well as contact details for each. For lesser emergencies, there needs to be a first aid kit (or several) on site too.

4. Food Safety Considerations

Whether your chefs and caterers are cooking in a new kitchen or bringing food on site, the event safety plan should include detail on how you’ll ensure that food does not fall into the temperature danger-zone (4-60°C) which could compromise the safety of guests. You’ll also want to know that food will be prepared safely in a hygienic environment, but also in an environment that is safe for the staff. For example, are there slip-resistant mats in place to prevent slips in the kitchens and hallways, or do those need to be brought in externally? Everything to do with bringing the food to the guests’ plates should be considered – how it will get there, who will carry it, what dangers does every step present, and so forth? 

5. Crowd Management

When there are large crowds of people, safety can be compromised, so your event safety plan needs to include a way to control crowds. For example, if there are tickets sold at the door, how will you move people through the gates quickly enough not to cause a bottleneck? How will you manage large influxes of people in certain areas? Will areas be spaced out so that there are stations to make sure that people do not all gather in the same areas? Make sure you have a plan for making sure that guests go where they should and that there are no back doors or gates that allow people to go outside the event area where they could potentially be injured.

Examples of ways to manage the crowd may be using zoned entry (by ticket for large events), curfews if the event is multi-day, clear signage, and lighting. 

6. A Parking Plan

Even the best events can be ruined by insufficient or badly managed parking. For any large event (or even small ones), there needs to be a reliable parking plan. You’ll need to know approximately how many cars will need to be parked and how you will manage traffic throughout the day(s). Poorly-managed parking has the potential to frustrate and even injure guests and staff if any accidents occur.

If you are charging for parking spaces, you’ll have an exact number of spaces reserved before the event, but if you aren’t planning on charging for spaces – patrons should still be asked to reserve a free parking spot. This way both you and your attendees know if they can / cannot drive to the event.

7. Appropriate Training For All Staff

Once your event safety plan is in place, you should train staff on both safety procedures and their specific roles at the event ahead of time. Everyone should know what they are doing when and which risks they’ll be exposed to at every step of the way. Make sure that staff are well-trained in the event of an emergency and that they know how to follow a clear safety procedure if required.

Either have all staff on site the day before the event for a briefing, or at the very least a couple of hours before guests are due. 

According to the HSE, event planners can only consider health and safety concerns that can be anticipated on the event site, they are responsible for ensuring the health and safety of employees where it’s reasonably possible – but if something happens that could not be predicted then employers are absolved of responsibility. Be sure to provide the tools, training, and safety measures and equipment to keep your staff safe at all times.

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