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When setting up an event that's both safe and enjoyable, good planning and organisation are crucial. For many events, following a basic set of principles will be enough.

This page will help signpost you to a number of resources that will be useful for setting up events in Scotland.

The information on this page will be useful for event organisers, suppliers, and others involved in the events industry.

1. General health and safety tips


Health and Safety Executive

The Health and Safety Executive has a dedicated section on their website to help event organisers run events safely. This is a world-class resource with:

  • step-by-step guides
  • downloadable documents
  • links through to relevant external bodies and organisations

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Purple Guide

The Purple Guide is an event safety guide which has been written by The Events Industry Forum in consultation with the events industry.

Its aim is to help those event organisers who manage health and safety, particularly at large-scale music and similar events.

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2. Water safety considerations


Water Safety Scotland

Water Safety Scotland has useful information and guidance about staying safe in and around Scotland’s waters.

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Royal National Lifeboat Institution

This institution provides helpful advice and tips across a range of water-related pursuits.

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3. Health and safety at sporting events


Green Guide

The Green Guide is specific to safety at sporting events and managing crowds safely. It also provides information on ground management, technical specialists and all relevant authorities.

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