Event Health and Safety
Recent changes to legislation will see an increased focus on health and safety standards at events throughout the UK. These changes are being supported by the Events Industry Forum, the Concert Promoters Association, the Catering Working Group, Thames Water, Water Safe and the HSE. While there is sometimes a pressure to focus on minimising costs during the installation of catering equipment or temporary kitchens, you need to consider whether you can you afford to run the risk of spot fines due to unsafe practices, having your venue closed during some or all of your event or even assuming legal responsibility for a non-compliant venue that goes wrong?
The Introduction of CDM Regulations
The introduction of CDM regulations will mean a higher level of safety standards for the events industry, similar to that seen within the construction sector. Venue owners and event organisers will often see the legal liability for compliance falling to them as the Main Contractor, and unless managed carefully, will be liable for any wrongdoings by subcontractors working on an event. PKL has supplied temporary catering facilities to large construction companies for many years and as a result are fully compliant with CDM regulations. We have already been supplying a CDM compliant product and service to the events sector for over five years.
Water Supply Regulations
We have undertaken a complete review of our fleet of catering equipment and temporary kitchens to ensure that they are Water Supply Regulations compliant. This is important to ensure that our catering equipment does not contaminate the local water supply or consumes water unduly. It is the duty of event organisers or venue managers installing plumbing systems or water fittings to ensure that they are compliant with Water Supply Regulations. Penalties for no-compliance are severe and can result in an event being closed down.
Who Enforces the Legislation?
The HSE will have more power to issue spot fines and even stop the build-up and breakdown of an event until safe practices have been put in place. Therefore it is now more important than ever to ensure that your event complies with current health and safety legislation. As well as the HSE, individual Fire and Rescue Authorities will have the power to enforce fire safety legislation, while local authorities (often represented by the EHO) will also have the power to enforce health and safety measures.
Help is On Hand
Over the last few years, we have dedicated a large amount of time and resource into ensuring that our product and service complies with the relevant health and safety legislation. We have taken into account advice and guidance published in a number of events health and safety documentation, including:
- The Purple Guide
- The Association of Event Organisers eGuide
- The Chartered Institute of Environmental
- Health National Guide for Outdoor and Mobile Catering
- NCASS Guidance for the Installation of LPG and LPG Fired Equipment in Catering Trailers, Converted Vehicles, Portable Kitchens, Carts, Trolleys and Bikes
- UK LPG information Sheets
Temporary Kitchens and Catering Equipment Health and Safety Features
We have invested heavily in our fleet of temporary kitchens, catering equipment, technical facilities and installation processes to ensure that our product and service complies with the latest health and safety regulations. Outlined below are some of the main health and safety features of our temporary kitchens and onsite installation procedures.
- A full length extraction canopy with a chemical fire suppression system is supplied as standard
- A gas interlock system is supplied, which stops gas entering the kitchen in the event of a loss of ventilation
- All ventilation is supplied in accordance with DW172 and BS6173
- All temporary kitchens are tested to ensure a safe level of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide in accordance with BS7967
- The floors in our temporary kitchens comply with BS7976, achieving a low slip potential
- All temporary kitchens and catering equipment comply with Water Supply Regulations
- We supply relevant risk assessments and method statements
- We provide appropriately qualified gas and electrical engineers where required, including Gas Safe and F-Gas registered engineers
- Operating procedures are undertaken in compliance with ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS 18001
- We can demonstrate regulatory compliance with working at heights legislation and have developed our own roof mounted barrier system, which is used when installing larger facilities
- Lift plans for all lifting operations are provided in order to comply with LOLER regulations and BS7121