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Organising an event

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3. Safety Advisory Groups (SAG)

Safety Advisory Groups (SAG) 

Information on Safety Advisory Groups for people planning an event open to the public

The organisation of an event is a considerable responsibility.  If things go wrong organisers may be held responsible under civil, common or criminal law, particularly if it's found there is something wrong with the planning or control of the event. 

Safety Advisory Groups (SAG) were formed nationally because of some very serious incidents at events.

The functions and principles of a Safety Advisory Group are primarily to assist in prevention of serious incidents and are applicable to any type of event.  Each event is considered individually.

The Teignbridge Safety Advisory Group is made up of representatives from the following organisations. 

  • Teignbridge - Environmental Health and Licensing 
  • Devon County Council - Highways 
  • Police 
  • South Western Ambulance Service  
  • NHS – Devon & Cornwall Acute Hospitals 
  • Fire Service 

In addition to these, the group may also include representatives from organisations such as the RNLI, HM Coastguard, the Military or Transport operators. 

Some of these representatives will be working for services that have a statutory duty to regulate certain aspects of the event, for example highways, licensing, environmental health etc. 

The purpose of the Safety Advisory Group is to provide event organisers with advice on running their events safely. 

The members of the group will make comments or observations about your event. In some circumstances those members with statutory responsibility for aspects of your event may act on that responsibility. 

All comments and observations are advisory.  However, they are made by professionals in the interests of public safety and should not be dismissed. 

It is not the role of the Safety Advisory Group to assist in the planning of the event or to accept responsibility for the event. These remain the responsibility of the organiser. 

If you would like to host an event on Council land please visit locations of where you can hire our land.