The comprehensive guidance is freely available from contributors' websites
UK - Ahead of revised HSE guidelines for the new Construction Design and Management (CDM) regulations that come into force on 6 April and will affect all event sites, an industry group has collaborated to create a new guidance document. Contributors include Serious Stages, StageCo, Star Events, Acorn Event Structures, Arena Group, Capita, Momentum, Symphotech, The Event Safety Shop, The Production Services Association.

The Guidance for the Management & Use of Stages and related Temporary Event Structures brings clarity to working practices within the temporary structures and staging industry.

The comprehensive guidance is freely available from contributors' websites to help anyone who has duties under the revised CDM regulations to prepare in advance of their introduction on 6 April 2015. It builds on the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) draft guidance issued on its website on 9 January 2015, following a considerable period of consultation by professionals within the industry.

Steven Corfield, managing director of Serious Stages' states, "This has been an extensive collaborative process between the major supply companies constructing temporary event structures to arrive at a document we all believe defines working practices that are practical within live event sites. This should make it easier for us as suppliers, lead contractors and enforcing officers to have clearly defined parameters to work to."

Roger Barrett, special projects director at Star Events says, "This guide, which focuses on work and management practices, sits well alongside the IStructE's guidance on the technical and engineering requirements for Temporary Demountable Structures and should ensure that promoters and production teams see a uniform approach to sign-off procedures from all major suppliers."

Tom Bilsen, operations director, Stageco Group adds, "I am very happy that as suppliers we have collectively invested our time and expertise to arrive at an understandable, agreed, generally useable code, with very practical guidance for suppliers, organisers, promoters and even enforcers."

(Jim Evans)

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