The Safety at Sports Grounds Act 1975 and the subsequent Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Act 1987 are two pieces of legislation of which few people are aware.
Building Control are responsible for enforcing the recommendations contained in the "Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds" published by The Stationery Office and often known as the Green Guide. The Guide lays down detailed advice related to such matters as adequate structure, provisions of gangways, fire escapes, crash barrier design and engineering services, all necessary to comply with the Acts. When all matters related to Safety are in place a Safety Certificate can be issued.
The Building Control section is responsible for providing advice and guidance on Safety at Sports Grounds, in relation to:
To ensure compliance with any conditions of the Certificate regular inspections are carried out on match days.
Building Control works to protect public safety, and co-ordinates the Safety Advisory Group which includes other agencies:
Sports grounds can be divided into three categories which can be outlined as:
The Building Control Team can review the following items during an inspection and comment on:
The Sports Ground Management Team must ensure public safety is maintained and that defective infrastructure does not place crowd safety at risk.
Updated: 4 April 2014