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Event safety seminar 1 October 2008

ORGANISERS of community events in the Island are being urged to attend a seminar at the Mount Murray Hotel later this month.

The aim is to offer support and guidance to those involved in arranging public occasions such as carnivals, summer fetes, festivals, concerts and sports days.

The free seminar is being hosted by the Event Safety Group and members will be on hand to discuss different aspects of planning and running an event. This will include practical advice on risk assessment, legal requirements, temporary stands, crowd management, road safety, food hygiene, waste disposal, medical back-up and fire prevention.

Tim Pain, Senior Health and Safety Inspector, said:

‘We hope to dispel some common myths and misconceptions and show people how to plan in advance to avoid any last-minute hitches. Local events are the lifeblood of the Manx community and we want to ensure they are well-managed, safe and successful.’

The informal seminar is being held on Monday, October 13, with the registration session taking place at 6.15pm. All local authorities, schools, clubs, charities and church groups are encouraged to attend to take advantage of the specialist advice on offer.

The Event Safety Group, which was established in July 2002, comprises representatives from the Island’s emergency services and regulatory and advisory bodies.

The group has published a guidance booklet which can be downloaded by visiting the website http://www.gov.im/dlge/enviro/healthandsafety/eventsafety.xml For further information about the evening seminar contact Helen Nolan on 685952 or email helen.nolan@dlge.gov.im

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