The role of the Safety Advisory Group (SAG) is to encourage events, whilst ensuring that event organisers hold their events safely and legally.
The SAG includes Council representatives, emergency services and other relevant organisations. It is an advisory group and as such it does not have legal powers or responsibilities and is not empowered to approve or prohibit events from taking place. However, agencies that are members of the safety advisory group may have regulatory powers separate to the SAG.
The objectives of the SAG are to:
- Advise the event organiser in order to ensure high standards of health and safety.
- Promote good practice in safety and welfare planning.
- Promote a consistent and coordinated, multi-agency approach to event planning and management.
- Advise the event organiser in respect of the formulation of appropriate contingency and emergency arrangements.
- Advise the event organiser in respect of relevant legislation and guidance
- Encourage arrangements to minimise disruption to local communities.
- Consider the implications of significant incidents and events relevant to venues, surrounding areas and facilities
- Ensure that all aspects of relevant legislation, and its compliance, are considered when evaluating an event notification and that agencies with an interest in the event are notified through the Group as necessary.