MARK DANIELS - Adviser on visitor and occupational health and safety at historic buildings, parks, gardens, coast and countryside

News archive May 2013

13th May 2013

Events Industry Forum publishes draft on-line version of the "Purple Guide" to health and safety at events

A new guide to help organisers find their way round the myriad of legislation and guidelines covering events has been published by the Events Industry Forum (EIF). The Purple Guide, which has been written and produced by bringing together people from across the events industry and government, is designed to replace an original Health and Safety Executive (HSE) booklet HSG195 entitled ‘A guide to health, safety and welfare at music and similar events’.

Initially the new guide is being published in draft form on-line with a view to gaining further input from the industry over the summer before it is finally completed towards the end of this year. The draft, which covers a wide range of events, can be found on-line at, currently comprises 24 chapters, with others due to be added over the coming months. The publication has been welcomed by the industry which has long been calling for the HSE to update the original guidance.

Each chapter in the new guide has been developed through working groups made up of specialists from across the industry, government and services such as fire and police. An editorial panel and steering group appointed by the Forum co-ordinated the work with funding support from the Concert Promoters Association and members of the Forum.

While there is still some work to be done to tidy up elements of the new Guide, the Forum is keen for event organisers and others to trial it over the summer in its draft form and to make comments and suggest amendments by the end of October 2013. After this a final version will be published.