Guide to Safety Certification
The Guide to Safety Certification is intended to assist local authorities to identify, apply and enforce the terms and conditions that it prescribes in the safety certificate.
Although it is specifically addressed to local authorities responsible for the safety certification of sports grounds at which designated football matches are played, it will also be of value to all local authorities that issue safety certificates to sports grounds under the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 or the Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Act 1987.
It provides a single source of reference and forms part of the evolving approach to the oversight of public safety, as evidenced in new legislation over the past few years.
Also of relevance will be the sixth edition of the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (Green Guide).
Tools and resources
What is the Statement of Intent?
If there is to be a police presence in or at the sports ground, management should discuss with the police the division of responsibilities and functions between the two parties; for example, whether particular tasks are to be undertaken by stewards or by police officers, and who will assume responsibility in particular circumstances. The outcome of these discussions should be recorded in a written and signed statement of intent.
Support for Local Authorities – Policies and Procedures
To assist local authorities develop appropriate policies and procedures, or to review existing ones, the SGSA has produced guidance which explains what should be included in an authority’s policies and procedures for the issue and review of a safety certificate, for the monitoring of compliance with the terms and conditions of a safety certificate and for the enforcement of the 1975 and 1987 Acts.