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Assessing your event for risks

How to carry out an event risk assessment

It is a legal requirement for every employer and self-employed person to make an assessment of the health and safety risks arising out of their work under Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. This good practice should also be part of organising an event as there is a duty of care to event staff and visitors. Risk assessment should be carried out to:

  • identify hazards
  • assess how people may be harmed
  • determine the chances of this happening (the risk matrix)
  • what can be put in place to prevent, or minimise harm (mitigation)

It is important to constantly assess the risk before, during and after your event. The following tools are provided to help you do this: