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Event Safety Guide Launched 22 December 2003

A major step forward for the Isle of Man Government Event Safety Group in relation to improving safety at events held on the Island has been announced by the Department of Local Government and the Environment with the publishing of a helpful guide to organisers.

The Member of the Department with delegated responsibility for Environment, Safety & Health, John Houghton, MHK commented

"I am very pleased to announce that the Event Safety Group’s new guidance for organisers of public events will be launched on 8 January 2004. The members of the Group have worked hard to produce clear and useful guidance written specifically for the events we have on the Isle of Man. I am pleased that this has been the product of close co-operation between six different Government Agencies backed by the knowledge of those working in the events industry. I know that the Event Safety Group has consulted widely on this document and run pilot schemes to test the guidance during the summer of 2003. This final version takes account of the lessons learnt and the comments made. I am sure that any event organiser that will benefit from using this publication".

The chairman of the Event Safety Group, Nick Black, added

"The Event Safety Group was created to achieve two main improvements. Firstly, the Group formed a single contact point for people concerned with organising events who need to get in touch with the Isle of Man Government. There are a number of Government Departments who are involved with events either in terms of advisory services, emergency response services or regulatory work. The positive feedback we received suggests that the creation of the Group has already made life easier for event organisers. The publication of this guide formally launches the Group’s notification scheme, whereby event organisers can complete one simple form describing their event and submit it to the Group. The Group will then be responsible for passing details to the many different parts of Government that need to or like to be informed of where and when events are being held.

"The second main aim of the Group was to provide clear guidance for event organisers on appropriate standards. The guide covers a number of aspects, including fire safety, food hygiene, visitor welfare, health and safety and licensing requirements. Of course we haven’t been able to provide specific advice of each of the many different types of events that are held on the Island, but we have addressed the most common issues and provided references and contacts for the organisers of the more unusual and complex events to use. Whilst I would wish to thank the many Isle of Man Government employees who have supported the Group with commitment and enthusiasm I would especially like to thank Mr Neil Hanson, who joined the Group as a private individual with extensive knowledge of the Isle of Man’s motor sport scene, for giving so freely of his time”.

Copies of the guide are available free from the Group. Anyone wishing to obtain a copy should either telephone 685952, email or write to the Event Safety Group, Murray House, Mount Havelock, Douglas, IM1 2SF.

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