Safety Certification - Guidance

Following extensive consultation the SGSA published revised guidance on safety certification in December 2010. The guidance promotes a new style of safety certification which is in line with the modern approach to spectator safety whereby the operator of a venue is responsible for identifying any risks and the steps to be taken to reduce those risks to an acceptable level. This approach leaves the initiative and the responsibility with the management, which is able to tailor the requirements more closely to its particular needs and circumstances.

The front cover of the 5th Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds

The fifth edition of the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (Green Guide) reflects this approach. The SGSA firmly believes that this is the approach which should be adopted at the earliest opportunity.

A new style certificate primarily consists of a requirement for the management to undertake appropriate risk assessments, to set out in an operations manual how reasonable safety is to be maintained and a requirement to adhere to the operations manual.

It is important that a club should be given sufficient notice of any proposed change to a new style of safety certificate to allow it time to undertake the necessary risk assessments and produce an operations manual.

The local authority will also need to allow time to satisfy itself that the procedures set out in the operations manual provide for the reasonable safety for the proposed capacity of the ground.

The time necessary to move to a new style of safety certificate is therefore likely vary from ground to ground. For more detailed advice on safety certification click here.

In addition to the advice on safety certification contained in “Guide to Safety Certification at sports Grounds” detailed advice on producing operation manuals is contained in Sports Grounds and Stadia Guide No 4 – Safety Management.