Integrated Safety Management for Major Events

The SGSA team has recently returned from a trip to Singapore which saw us deliver training on Integrated Safety Management for Major Events.

In total 20 people completed the training, organised by the Singapore Grand Prix and including delegates from the Singapore Sports Hub and Hong Kong.  SGSA Inspector Martin Girvan and Director of Sport and International Projects, Darren Whitehouse, delivered the three-day training.  The interactive sessions covered a range of topics designed to test and build understanding of key issues relating to running a major event safely.  It included an exploration of integrated safety management – using the three central tenets of safety, security and service – before going into detail on the concepts of risk management.  The training also included the development event safety plans.

Martin Girvan and Darren Whitehouse said: “The training was a fantastic opportunity for us to share our knowledge with others.  Singapore is a beautiful, clean and friendly country.  What struck us most from the sessions was the absolute commitment to doing things as safely as they can. The effort the delegates put into the course was remarkable.

Delegates were given a fictional major event and some challenging incidents to deal with to see how they responded. We covered the arrival and ingress of patrons with a focus on stewarding plans, the movement of people within an event covering density and crowd dynamics, before focusing on the safe egress and dispersal. We also covered the development of event safety operations manuals.  Interspersed throughout the three days were various tools and templates that we gave to the delegates to support the course concepts but more importantly to enable them to continue to apply the knowledge after the event.

The course is a new addition to the SGSA portfolio.  It uses our wealth of experience and expertise to help develop understanding on stadia and safety management.  To find out more about our training opportunities, please contact Darren Whitehouse at Darren.whitehouse@sgsa.org.uk.