Case Study - London 2012

An image of the Olympic Stadium in London

In the lead up to the London Olympics 2012 two of the SGSA’s inspectors were working to help make the games the success that they were.

One worked for the London Local Organising Committee for the Olympic Games on secondment and was in place from 2010 to assist the organisers with safety and licensing issues.


The other advised  the local authorities involved in certifying and licensing the many and varied venues throughout London and the UK.  They dealt with a number of matters, including:

  • Monitoring and validating strategic direction;
  • Assisting in the development of operations plans;
  • Monitoring and validating safety documentation;
  • Assessing the quality and delivery of traniing for stewards and volunteers;
  • Monitoring and validating the progress of venue safety certificates;
  • Advising on compliance with UK regulations and licensing;
  • Advising on the development of contingency plans and capacity for venues;
  • Assessing the briefing and deployment of staff at Games time.

The contribution of the SGSA inspectors ensured that the London Games were delivered on time and provided a safe and welcoming environment for the many visitors.  It is widely believed that the Games set the standard for safety against which future Games will be judged.