Categories
Advice Outsource

Brexit and Legislation

Your duties to protect the health and safety of people affected by your work will not change with Brexit.

HSE’s guidance, health and safety made simple: the basics for your business, will help you to comply with the law.

You should continue to manage risk in your business in a proportionate way.

They have made minor amendments to regulations to remove EU references but legal requirements will remain the same as they are now. Health and safety standards will be maintained.

If management of health and safety is something your business struggles with; contact SoPro Safety now for proportionate and pragmatic advice or support. 

Categories
Contract Events Outsource

Event Safety for Jagex Ltd

SoPro Safety were delighted to once again support Jagex Ltd with event safety advice and assurance this year.

Each year the talented events team produce a huge scale recreation of parts of their massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) called RunScape for their community  It is an event for the community to mix with friends and the game’s developers in a colourful environment.  The venue used was Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre for the second year running.

2019 was a pre-historic and archaeological theme

The space was populated with physical elements of the virtual game including a functioning volcano!  Guests were invited to an awards night to start the event with celebrations and recognition by the community of the community’s popular bloggers.  On the second day there were physical challenges to win tokens, presentations about forthcoming elements in the game’s development, a 200 PC ‘LAN’  as well as classical party components for all to enjoy.

SoPro Safety provided planning support and on-site assurance to keep contractors, staff and guests safe at the event.

Categories
Advice Contract Events Outsource

Helping to keep national computer gaming festivals safe

We are delighted to have been appointed Health and Safety contractor to some of the UK’s biggest computer gaming festivals.

SoPro Safety Ltd will advise Multiplay UK Ltd, a subsidiary of Game, on event health and safety for Insomnia, Brick Live and games publisher conventions such as Minecon. Event venues include Birmingham’s NEC, London’s Excel and Belfast’s Titanic Exhibition Centre. The increasingly popular shows attract up to 50,000 consumers, many of them families and young people.

SoPro Safety is headed by Jon Sullivan, an experienced Health and Safety professional whose previous event work has included venues at the 2012 Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, International art shows in London and World Skills, International.

As well as event work SoPro Safety offers a full compliance, advice and outsource service for Health and Safety as well as a number of unique, dynamic training courses.

Commenting on the appointment Multiplay UK Ltd’s Events Director, Andrew Smith said “We are delighted to have Jon Sullivan, and SoPro Safety, on board. Their experience of events coupled with an extensive knowledge of Health and Safety is invaluable to Multiplay. Jon Sullivan manages the implementation of our Health and Safety in a professional and pragmatic manner, enabling our team to work safely and offer a low risk environment to our visitors”.

Categories
Events Outsource

Contract

SoPro Safety are proud to announce that they have been appointed as the outsourced health and safety resource for Multiplay UK Ltd.

Multiplay are the organisers of the UK’s biggest computer gaming festival – Insomnia, as well as Brick Live and game developer conventions such as Minecon.  The business is an events, esports and digital hosting business now in its 20th year and recently acquired by GAME Retail Ltd.

    

The 12 month contract will be delivered by Director Jon Sullivan.

Categories
Advice Events Industry Outsource

New regulations to include Events and Exhibitions

The new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM Regs) come into force in April.  Events and exhibitions of scale will fall within the scope of these regulations and the HSE is drafting guidance specifically for the events industry.  The draft regulations have been published, however the exact impact on our events and exhibitions industry is still taking shape.

We expect there to be better formalisation of the responsibilities of the client and their appointed organisers and/or main contractors.  For well run projects this should be a fairly simple matter to comply…

From the HSE:

The new CDM Regs come into force on 6 April 2015 and apply to all building and construction projects, regardless of the size, duration and nature of the work.

The main changes, outlined in general by the Health & Safety Executive, are as follows:

  • Principal designer. The replacement of CDM co-ordinator (under CDM 2007) by principal designer. This means that the responsibility for  coordination of the pre-construction phase – which is crucial to the management of any successful construction project – will rest with an existing member of the design team. 
  • Client. The new Regulations recognise the influence and importance of the client as the head of the supply chain and as the party best placed to set standards throughout a project 
  • CompetenceBy splitting ‘competence’ into its component parts of skills, knowledge, training and experience, and  – if they are an organisation – organisational capability, provides clarity for the industry to assess and demonstrate that construction project teams have the right attributes to deliver a healthy and safe project. 
  • The technical standards set out in Part 4 remain essentially unchanged from CDM 2007 and HSE’s targeting and enforcement policy, as a proportionate and modern regulator, also remains unchanged.

The Regulatory package

The new proposed Regulations and supporting guidance are all in draft form before they come into force and may be subject to changes. They offer duty holders the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the main requirements before they come into force.