Events Safety Guide


Date: 13.02.2013     Last updated: 13.01.2017 at 10.37
Safety is everybody's responsibility. We all have a duty to keep ourselves and others safe. This safety guide contains the collected knowledge of staff experienced in managing radio productions and also safety professionals who advise on all aspects of safety including events.

New version of the Purple Guide (March 2014)

Please note that there is a new online version of the ‘purple guide’, which aims to help organisers deliver successful events safely. It's been launched by the Events Industry Forum and developed through consultation with the industry and government agencies, and with the support of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

There is more about that on our news page about the Purple Guide.

The National Arenas Association (NAA) also produce their A-Guide, see more below.

Are you using the Safety App?

In areas of the business that issue staff with iPhones, the BBC Safety App can be used:

  • to record changes to your risk assessment in a dynamic way
  • during a recce to record issues, hazards and controls which you need to cover in your risk assessment
  • For High Risk Activities you must still contact the High Risk team for advice and support
  • More information can be found on using the App on the About page via the “More” button
  • you can still access our safety guidelines on the myRisks website via '' which means it is available from many portable devices.

Further Sources of Information

  • The National Arenas Association (NAA) Safety Advisory Group, produce a guide that aims to simplify health, safety and operational issues for event promoters.
  • The A-Guide provides guidance for production-type events. It defines consistent health, safety and operational standards for event planning and management in NAA member venues and represents compliance with UK law, relevant guidance and best practice. The link is in our Recommended Links
  • If you can’t find what you are looking for or need more advice and are working on a BBC Event or a production, then contact your Safety Advisor or the Safety Advice Line.

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