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Phase I Trials – Events

We were reading the Events Research Programme’s Phase I findings that were published last week – 25 June 2021.  We found it interesting to note – especially if you watched it on television – that face coverings were apparently mandatory for the crowd at the FA Cup events – both at the semi and the final. 

The report stated that there was 92% compliance (at the observed locations) while seated outdoors. We find this hard to believe having seen some of the TV coverage and it is unlikely that the program’s producer particularly wanted to focus on fans who removed coverings as they are more photogenic.

In defence of the organisers we can imagine how incredibly hard it must be to ask for compliance from large crowds when people will have strong opinions about the risk (fresh air everywhere), they are excited about the occasion, are with friends and have possibly consumed some alcohol.

Also, the report notes as outdoor occupancy levels rise compliance falls. Mob rule perhaps, feel free to discuss. In particular compliance with face coverings in hospitality areas was very, very low. 

Indoor events seem to fare much better for compliance where observed possibly being as high as 98%. 

There are clearly some significant challenges for mass gatherings if face coverings are going to continue to be a control measure for organisers to apply later in the year.

You can read the full report here.  

Contact us if you have an event that requires health and safety advice and support.

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French confusion

At first glance the recent reports of the relaxing of social distancing measures for large indoor events in France seems at odds with the uptick in their reported number of cases of Covid-19. However, look more closely and you find it does not apply to the “red zones”.

It seems every country is keen to return to public events but is picking its way carefully.

As the UK move towards the holding of events indoors we continue to provide advice and assistance with Covid-19 Secure working across many sectors including the events world. Happy to help you…

Today’s COVID cases and an item from today’s Access All Areas news summary

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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”.

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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.

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Minecon 2015

Parachute Group (now SoPro Safety) provided health and safety advice services and the on-site safety presence for Multiplay UK Ltd while they were organising the biggest independent game convention for Mojang.  The event was for 10,000 fans of Minecraft who descended on Excel, London over the July weekend in 2015.

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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.