The main role of the City of Edinburgh Council’s Public Safety Unit is to act as a public safety advisory service to those wishing to organise an event within Edinburgh, as well as ensuring compliance with current legislation and provide expert guidance on issues relating to safety at the event.
As part of this role, Public Safety representative(s) co-ordinate meetings/discussions in all matters relating to the safety of the event, and as part of this make a decision as to what organisations should be involved once the main details of the event are known, (NB. The number of organisations depends entirely on the nature of the event and the number of organisations can also change throughout the planning process).
The Public Safety representative will organise and chair Event Planning and Operation Group meetings (EPOGs) in the run up to the event in order to aid communication between all of the organisations as well as solve any issues arising. The Public Safety representative will also organise a de-brief meeting to go over the positives and negatives of the event in an attempt to make improvements for any future events.
Where possible, Public Safety representative(s) will also be present in an observational role.
Why get in touch with us?
If you have any queries relating to safety at events we will be able to advise, or at the very least point you in the right direction.
The Public safety team recently undertook a survey to find out what their customers thought of the EPOG system with very positive results. A report on the results of that survey can be seen here.
When to get in touch?
As soon as possible. Ideally we need at least 28 days notice, but for most events we need 3-6 months. Larger events can need 12 months of planning time.
- Shaw Trust - Organising Accessible Events
- Section 89 (Raised Structures) Guidance Notes & Application Form
- The Event Safety Guide (Purple Guide) - A Guide to Health, Safety & Welfare at music and other events
- Five Steps to Risk Assessment
- The Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (Green Guide)
- Managing Crowds Safely
- Working Together on Firework Displays
- Fire Safety Risk Assessment for open air events and venues
- Fire Safety Risk Assessment for small and medium places of assembly
- Fire Safety Risk Assessment for large places of assembly