Thousands of people enjoy the wide range of indoor and outdoor events on offer in Derbyshire each year – from agricultural shows to village fetes and firework displays to music festivals.
All events, including those in aid of charity, must comply with recognised safety standards. An event organiser is responsible under the law for the safety of everyone at the event, including the public, employees and volunteers. The most relevant safety law is likely to be the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and its accompanying regulations.
If you are planning to organise an outdoor event the Derbyshire Events Safety Advisory Group (DESAG) would like to know about it.
You can submit basic details of your event to the DESAG by completing our event notification form at the bottom of this page. This information may be shared with the emergency services and local authority officers who are involved in the regulation of events within Derbyshire. The DESAG will contact you if further information is required.
Derbyshire Events Safety Advisory Group
The DESAG provides advice and guidance to organisers of large public events. The core members of the group are officers from all the emergency services – police, fire and rescue service and the East Midlands Ambulance Service and council services – emergency planning, highways, public transport, environmental health and licensing.
Most event organisers won’t be invited to attend a DESAG meeting. Your event notification will be assessed to measure the level of risk posed by holding the event. If this is thought to be at a level that requires the event being discussed at a DESAG meeting then you will be contacted.
We have several documents to help you organise a safe event – see the event guidance and document templates in the downloads section below.
Improving the security of your event
There are some simple and practical actions you can take to help improve the security for your event as part of an escalation plan, should the terrorism threat level increase to CRITICAL, on the gov.uk web site. Further advice and learning packages are also available from the national counter terrorism security office.
Bouncy castles and inflatables
The Health and Safety Executive have published some simple precautions which can help you avoid serious incidents when hiring or operating bouncy castles and inflatables for an event.
Does your event involve camping?
When you have camping at your event, you are likely to get people using disposal barbeques. Not used under correct conditions they can cause a build-up of carbon monoxide.
Advice is available from the Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service about the dangers of carbon monoxide. It is potentially fatal and even low-levels of the poison can cause lasting damage to your health. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it but carbon monoxide can kill quickly without warning.
Lethal levels of CO can quickly build up in enclosed or poorly ventilated areas so when using disposable/ portable barbecues:
- Never take a portable / disposable barbecue into an enclosed space, like a tent or caravan, for cooking or heating purposes. If cooking in an enclosed space use a gas light or stove instead.
- Don’t bring the barbecue inside the tent or caravan to cool down. It can still be active and give off carbon monoxide.
The documents below will help you organise your event safely.
- Guide for Event Organisers
- Event Management Plan Template and Guidance
- First aid checklist and guidance document
- Event Risk Assessment Template.doc
- Fire risk assessment template
- Fire risk assessment - food concessions
- Fire risk assessment - traders and market stalls
- Fire safety advice for events
- Celebrating with bonfires and fireworks
- Carbon monoxide aware poster
- Child protection policy template
Event notification form
Last updated: 23 Dec 2019, 1:25 p.m.