Keeping the right electricity at your events this Summer

Greg Davies 2022

Greg Davies
Director of Market Development, Assurity Consulting
27th July 2023

Mark Dawson, HSE’s Head of local authority and safety unit, said: “The hospitality sector will be looking forward to a busy summer period. Those responsible for outdoor spaces need to make sure electrical equipment is in good condition, safe to use and regularly checked.”

Furthermore, HSE advise: “venues should arrange for a competent person to carry out electrical installation work, only using lights and heaters specifically designed for outdoor use, and regularly checking equipment for damage or water ingress. The fixed installation and electrical appliances should be maintained in accordance with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.”

There is much in the way of guidance and advice for employers, already published and this includes:

As employers, whether a pub fun day, corporate outing or mini festival, you have a duty, as far as is reasonably practicable, for the safety and health of employees and any others affected by your activities. Getting your risk assessment and arrangements right from the start is key. Good health and safety isn’t there to stop people doing things- unless it’s dangerous of course - it is there so they can have a great time, safely.