The Events Industry Forum (EIF) has published the draft of a new document to help organisers find their way around the ‘myriad’ of event legislation and guidelines.
The Purple Guide, written with input from the event sector and from government, is designed to replace HSG195 A guide to health, safety and welfare at music and similar events, produced in collaboration with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).
The draft, on-line at www.thepurpleguide.co.uk, comprises 24 chapters with more due over the coming months.
Each 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 members and the Concert Promoters Association.
“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,” EIF secretary, Jim Winship, said.
“We now have a Purple Guide that is within the control of the industry, which means that we can ensure that it is kept up-to-date as practices and legislation change.”
While there is still work to be do, the forum is keen for event organisers to trial the document over the summer in its draft form and to make comments and suggest amendments by the end of October 2013.