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Safety Advisors Group in Entertainment

SAGE (Safety Advisors Group in Entertainment) has raised concerns of the competence of some event safety advisors and have launched a campaign with the support of IIRSM (International Institute of Risk and Safety Management) to help event organisers and promoters to ensure they know what the really should be looking for in a prospective safety advisor for the organisation or events. The role is safety critical and therefore a high level of competence is required. SAGE is recommending the prospective candidate should meet the following criteria:

  • Membership of a Health and Safety Institute (IOSH or IIRSM).
  • Qualified to NEBOSH Diploma Level (or equivalent).
  • Membership of an Event Industry Trade Association.
  • Five Years of Event Industry Experience (not necessarily health and safety experience).
  • Taking part of a Continuing CPD scheme.
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance cover for £1000, 000 (provided by the individuals employer or by the actual individual for self-employed advisors/consultants.

CVs and References can also be checked but remember, price is not and must not be the only deciding criteria.

Some of those who SAGE is concerned about include young people many of which may have completed an event management course or hold an entry level health and safety qualification such as the NEBOSH General Certificate yet do not have any real experience within the events and entertainment industries particularly in technical areas such as structures, rigging, power distribution, plant operation, special effects etc. and often do not hold the requisite Professional Indemnity Insurance.

This campaign also forms part of the introduction to a conference being planned as a collaboration between SAGE, IIRSM, ICCMASS (International Centre for Crowd Management and Security Studies at Bucks New University) and STAGESAGE to be held at the London South Bank University on November 17th 2015.

The objectives of the conference are to identify, support and develop health and safety competence for the events sector, to offer technical updates and solutions. The sector needs a relevant and reliable source of competence and the reassurance that it would provide to events managers, promoters, organisers and the enforcing authorities. The following speakers will topics and speakers are appearing at the conference:

Chris Higgs, National Rigging Advisory Group and Lifting Equipment Engineers Association – Rigging and LOLER.

Gavin Bull, HSE Construction Division and Michael Anderson, SAGE – CDM.

Dr Mick Upton, ICCMSS at Bucks New University – Crowd Management.

Greg Brown, IIRSM – Competence and OSHCR.

James Eade, IET and SAGE – BS 7909: Electrical Safety at Events.

Emma Parkinson, Bucks New University and the International Centre for Crowd Management and Security Studies – Bucks New University and the ICCMSS.

To book a place at the conference please visit:

A number of press passes are available, please contact Clare Fleming on 020 874 9100.

28th September 2015

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