Safety Advisory Group (SAG)

The Breckland Safety Advisory Group (SAG) promotes public safety at events.

During COVID-19 events under 500 may need advice from the Safety Advisory Group.

Revised COVID-19 Guidance from 4 October 2021 

The Government has updated their guidance for people who wish to plan an event.

If you require further clarification please do not hesitate to contact a member of the

Symptom Free COVID-19 Testing at Events

The Norfolk County Council (NCC) COVID-19 Community Testing Team can provide a testing service to provide observed, rapid, symptom-free testing to event staff, site crew, vendors and attendees. If you are running or planning an event in Norfolk you can find out more about this service by contacting the NCC Community Testing Team.

Key objectives of the group are to:

  • Ensure as much as possible that risk to public safety is minimised for all large scale public events.
  • Maintain an overview of forthcoming events within the Breckland district area.
  • Act in an advisory capacity to both the organiser of an event and other agencies/individuals involved.
  • Provide a forum within which the Local Authority and other agencies may develop a co-ordinated approach to spectator safety.
  • Advise and develop generic risk assessments/best practice where appropriate.
  • Ensure that there are in existence agreed contingency plans for dealing with major incidents.

The Breckland SAG is chaired by the Council's Licensing Team. Core members of the group include officers from:

  • Norfolk Constabulary
  • Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service
  • East of England Ambulance NHS Trust
  • Norfolk County Council Highway Authority
  • Breckland Council Emergency Planning
  • Breckland Council Environmental Health
  • Breckland Council Licensing

If you require further information please contact us by phone on 01362 656870

Guidance for planning a public event

Please note that the Breckland SAG does not grant permission to hold events on council or other land or issue licences. The land owner's consent must always be sought and agreed.

To inform the Breckland SAG of any large-scale event taking place in the Breckland Council area that is intended to attract more than 500 people in total, you are able to complete an online event notification form (see below). This then helps the various agency members of the Breckland SAG to co-ordinate their advice to event organisers at the right time, when event plans are being developed. Please ensure you attach your risk assessment to the form before submitting.

Event organisers are encouraged to followThe Purple Guide to Health, Safety and Welfare at music and other events and consult Breckland's own Icon for pdf event safety guide [99.54KB].

The Breckland SAG has also produced an Icon for word event management plan template [95KB] that will help event organisers consider aspects of event planning that may need to be considered.

The HSE have launched a new safety micro site aimed athelping organisers run events safely.  

Event organisers may also need to considerevent security and the latest terrorist threats. The latest guidance on recognising the terrorist threat and remaining vigilant can be accessed through the National Counter Terrorism Office.  Further information is available:  Icon for pdf Norfolk Constabulary [40.06KB].

There is also Guidance on Public Highway Closures and should these be needed the necessary form can be downloaded from this site.

The following information sources might be useful.  These are all free downloads:

Will your entertainment event include the erection of temporary structures (such as concert staging, TV camera gantry towers, or theatre productions?) If so, new Construction (Design and Management) Regulation guidance has been launched by HSE to help duty holders in the entertainment industry understand what they need to do to comply with these Regulations.

Safety Alert: HSE have become aware of an electrical safety issue with a particular design of fan blower used typically to inflate play equipment and advertising inflatable's [July 2013]. Please make enquiries if you propose to have this type of equipment at your event - full details are available on the HSE Safety Bulletin Advice website

Please be aware that organisers of any event need to ensure that there are safe and sufficient water supplies for all people attending events including food handlers.

BS 8551 is a new standard that provides a framework for best practice in the management of temporary wholesome water supplies and maintenance of the distribution networks and container vessels. It demonstrates all the procedural steps that should be carried out when supplying water as well as the due diligence required in relation to water, health and safety laws. It also serves as a code of good practice for a range of events and temporary supply situations, including festivals, the deployment of temporary water supplies in circumstances where mains water is unavailable, and construction sites where temporary water supplies are commonplace.

BS 8551 is suitable for: festival and event organisers, venue operators/installation engineers, portable water suppliers and mobile/outside caterers.

BS 8551 gives recommendations and guidance on various matters including how to gauge a wholesome supply, connect to permanent distribution pipe work for extraction purposes, avoiding contamination risks and to store and ensure quality of bottled water stocks intended for temporary supply.

Last updated: 05/10/2021 16:17:43