Duty of Care

All employers have a duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of their employees. They also have a duty to protect non-employees from risks arising out of their work activities. – The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974

The health & safety at work act specifies that business have a duty of care towards their employees and people affected by their activities. In the events industry this means that business have a responsibility to protect:

  • People who work for them, both in a paid or volunteer capacity
  • People who might be indirectly affected by their activities eg. general public who might be present at a site where an event is being setup
  • Attendees of an event

When you are writing your safety plan & risk assessments you need to consider who you have a duty of care towards and how you are going to reduce or eliminate risk to them that might arise as part of your work.