Events Industry Forum launches The Purple Guide for OH&S at events

A new guide to help contractors and organisers find their way round the legislation and guidelines covering events has been published by the Events Industry Forum (EIF).

The Purple Guide, which has been written and produced by people from across the events industry and government, is designed to replace the HSG195 A guide to health, safety and welfare at music and similar events, a document originally produced by the industry with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

Initially the new guide is being published in draft form online 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 online at and currently comprises 24 chapters with others due to be added over the coming months.

These include transport management; working at height; electrical and lighting; crowd management and noise.

“It has taken a lot more time and negotiation than we originally hoped to get to a publishable guide but I believe it has been a worthwhile journey,” said EIF Secretary Jim Winship, who has been responsible for managing the project. “We now have a Purple Guide that is up-to-date and within the control of the industry, which means that we can ensure that it is kept up-to-date as practices and legislation change.”

The Forum is keen for events to trial it over the summer in its draft form and to make comments and suggest amendments by the end of October. After this a final version will be published.

The Events Industry Forum is an informal group made up of trade and professional bodies from across all sectors of the UK events industry.

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Paul Colston


Paul Colston

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