If you are planning, setting up or conducting a public or community event, either as an event organiser or on-site operator, you have legal obligations to ensure the safety of anyone working there as well as everyone attending.
At an event workers could include employees, volunteers, contractors, suppliers, food vendors, amusement device operators and performers.
You have a duty of care to ensure you have assessed and managed any potential health and safety risk. When you know where those risks are, you must do whatever you can to eliminate or minimise them. This is called the risk management process.
Think about on-site activities such as catering, amusement devices, scaffolding, staging and rigging, and the use and/or operation of various types of plant and equipment (e.g. LPG, forklifts, dough mixers, electrical safety) which are particular focus areas. Potential risks are likely to be associated with:
- access and egress
- amenities and first aid
- contractor management and inductions
- emergency procedures
- fire prevention
- traffic flow.
We can help you with this. Our work health and safety advisors can provide you with free information, advice and support tailored to your event. With no inspector powers, you can be comfortable asking us for help. Register or call 1300 365 255 to book a free advisor's visit at a time and place that suits you.