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Health and Safety - Legal Responsibilities & General Information

Surface Design Show 2024

Health & Safety - Legal Responsibilities & General Information

Montgomery Group Health & Safety Statement

It is the policy of Montgomery Group to endeavour to seek the co-operation of all concerned in order to achieve the highest standards, in all aspects, of health and safety.

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 [HASAWA] and it’s subsidiary legislation is criminal law, a breach of which is a criminal offence.  In general terms HASAWA places a responsibility on companies and individuals to exercise a duty of care for employees and non-employees who may be affected by their acts and omissions.  These duties can be discharged by doing what is “reasonable” to prevent loss or harm where risk is foreseeable.  It applies to all premises used as a place of work, including temporary locations such as Business Design Centre, and includes build-up, open days and breakdown.

Montgomery Group and the Business Design Centre, within the scope of their own laid down policies, have a responsibility to ensure that safe working practices are maintained at all times, which includes ensuring that provision is made whereby persons, other than Montgomery Group or the Business Design Centre employees, are reminded of their responsibilities whilst working at the exhibition centre.

Exhibitor / Stand Holder Duties

Exhibitors and stand holders have a legal duty of care for the safety of anyone who may be affected by their activities. This includes responsibility for all aspects of safety on the stand during the build-up, the open period of the show and during breakdown.  Where an exhibitor has booked a Space Only stand and the building and finishing of the stand is contracted out, exhibitors and stand holders are still vicariously responsible for the activities of their contractors. It is therefore essential that exhibitors appoint a contractor who is fully aware of their Health and Safety responsibilities including CDM 2015.  The Organisers Official Shell Scheme Contractor is responsible for Health and Safety regarding the build of all shell scheme stands and the Organisers will liaise directly with them to ensure all appropriate information and documentation is provided.

Exhibitor/stand holder duties are to comply with the Organiser’s health and safety requirements as laid out in this manual, including submitting health and safety documentation such as Health & Safety Policy, Health & Safety Declaration and Risk Assessments.

Contractor Duties

A contractor’s legal duty of care is as above, including taking into consideration any sub-contractors that they might employ.


 

General Regulations

Below are some of the principal areas that need to be understood by everyone taking part in the event.

  • An understanding of the Fire and Emergency Procedures of the venue and the location of the First Aid Room.  All incidents to be reported to the Organisers or the Health and Safety Officer, including near miss accidents.
  • The emergency gangways, as indicated on the plan, must be kept clear of obstructions, at all times, throughout build-up, open days and breakdown.
  • All work areas must be maintained free from general waste materials that could be a hazard to anyone working on the stand.  This also allows for any potential hazards to be clearly visible.
  • Hard hats should be worn when working beneath or near overhead working, or if this is not practical, access to such areas should be restricted.
  • PPE including Hi Visibility Jackets and Steel Toe Capped Footwear must be worn during the Construction phase of Build Up and Breakdown.  This includes external loading bays and inside the halls.
  • Other suitable PPE relevant to the job being undertaken must be worn e.g hard hats, goggles ear defenders etc. NB PPE is the last line of defense when all other alternatives have been considered. PPE must be suitable and sufficient for the job and employees trained in its uses and limitations.
  • The Health and Safety Representative for either the contractor or the exhibitor (depending on the user) is responsible for ensuring the safe use and storage of flammable liquids and substances, and segregation from waste and other risk areas.  Compliance with the COSHH regulations is required.
  • Portable power equipment must only be operated by fully trained and certified personnel for the purpose for which it was designed, safety guards must correctly fitted and used.
  • Portable electrical tools must be used with the minimum length of trailing leads and must not be left unattended with a live power supply to it.  Trailing leads and electrical cables must not cross over gangways, doorways or fire exits.  Any work using power or hand tools must be restricted to the stand space, i.e. no drilling or sawing in the gangways.
  • All materials used for construction or displays must be to Local Authority Standards and not less than British Class 1 standards of flammability (see Materials for Stand Construction in the Space Only Section)
  • A hot working permit must be obtained prior to commencement of hot work (ox-acetylene, cutting/welding, arc welding, gas/oil blowlamps, grinders, tar boilers, soldering).
  • Safe working at height is a priority whether using ladders or scaffold towers. For more information see Working at Height found below and visit www.stop-the-drop.co.uk.
  • All staff working on site (whether from our own company or those of any company contracted by you) are aware and adhere to the current Working Time Regulations (S.I 1998/1883).  Guidance regarding these regulations can be obtained by contacting your local HSE office or visit https://www.hse.gov.uk/contact/faqs/workingtimedirective.htm
  • All construction materials, ladders, trolleys etc. must be removed from the building prior to any public entering the building. Similarly, no contractors will be permitted access for breakdown until all members of the public have vacated the building.

Any queries with regards to the above please contact the organisers

Onsite any violations or concerns regarding the above points should be reported to the Organiser’s Office.  To contact Medial Emergency Services dial +44 (0)207 288 6205. To contact Security Emergency Services dial +44 (0)207 288 6666.

Risk Assessment

All exhibitors must complete a Risk Assessment that covers their activities during the Open Days.

Risk Assessments do not just relate to the building of the stands.  It also needs to cover the activities of ALL exhibitors staff while they are on-site, whether this is lifting boxes during Build-up or product demonstrations during the Open Days.  The Risk Assessment must be suitable and sufficient and needs to identify all significant risks to your own staff, other exhibitors, visitors etc. that may arise from your activities. 

Significant risks are those which are reasonably foreseeable in terms of probability and severe enough in outcome to warrant consideration, i.e. they are more than trivial.

The Risk Assessment is the most effective way of documenting, assessing, and controlling risks and under Health & Safety legislation is an absolute legal requirement.

Completing a Risk Assessment does not mean that you are guaranteeing that there will not be any accidents on your stand. It means you have simply taken the time to think through your actions in advance and on an on-going basis. By filling out a Risk Assessment you will be able to reduce the risks of an accident happening or the severity of the accident if it does.  If you were unfortunate enough to have an accident on the stand, you may need to prove that you took all reasonable steps to prevent it happening; a risk assessment would be part of this proof.  Without it you could be found liable (both personally and corporately).

Click here to find the risk assessment template or for further assistance contact your own company’s Health & Safety Officer or visit the HSE website / http://www.hse.gov.uk/risk/.

Exhibitors must submit their Risk Assessment by attaching it to their completed Health & Safety Declaration Form, no later than Friday 5 January.

We are happy to provide help and advice on completing a Risk Assessment, please contact ops.sds@montgomerygroup.com

We do not approve your Risk Assessments but require copies in order to add them to the show Health & Safety file.  This file will be made available for inspection by the venue, the HSE or the Local Authority should they request to see it.

A copy must also be available on the stand for presentation to any of the above if requested.  If it is considered that unsafe practices are being undertaken, they have the authority to close down the stand.

Stand Building Risk Assessments
These must not be confused with the Exhibitor Risk Assessment and relate solely to the building of the stands, whether they are a Space Only, a Shell Scheme or an Organiser Build Package.  As an exhibitor if you appoint a contractor to build your stand, they will complete the Stand Building Risk Assessment as part of the CDM Regulations.  If you are building the stand yourself, you will need to complete the Stand Building Risk Assessment as part of the CDM Regulations.  Shell Scheme Stands and Organiser Build Packages are the responsibility of the contractors appointed by the Organisers.


 

Working at Height

Anyone who will need to work at height when building or decorating a stand at the show (this includes any form of step or ladder) should understand and follow the Working at Height Regulations 2005 (as Amended 2007). Falls from height are one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries.

Before working at height, you must work through these simple steps:

  • Avoid working at height wherever possible.
  • Use work equipment or other measures to prevent falls where this cannot be avoided.
  • If working at height cannot be avoided, use work equipment or other measures to minimise the distance and consequences of a fall should one occur.

Figure 1 below gives further guidance for each of the above steps to help you comply with the law and can be found at http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg401.pdf

You should ensure:

  • as much work as possible is done from the ground.
  • workers can get safely to and from where they work at height.
  • equipment is suitable, stable and strong enough for the job, maintained and checked regularly.
  • workers do not overload or overreach when working at height.
  • workers take precautions when working on or near fragile surfaces.
  • protection is provided from falling objects.
  • you know the procedure should any accidents occur – see Emergency Precautions and Procedures.

The Association of Exhibition Organisers (AEO) have developed an online information resource for use in relation to safe working at height.  Please visit www.stop-the-drop.co.uk.

The Working at Height 2005 Regulations can be viewed at: The Work at Height Regulations 2005 .


 

Emergency/ Fire Precautions & Procedures

First Aid & Medical Emergencies

If first aid is required, please contact the BDC Reception Desk by using any internal telephone and dialing 6666 (internal) or the First Aid Room directly by dialing 6205 (internal) or +44 (0)207 288 6205 (external), providing them with as much detail as possible e.g. exact location and nature of medical emergency.

For medical enquiries, call 0207 288 6128.

In cases of a medical emergency call Control by picking up an internal red phone, giving exact location of the casualty and details of injuries sustained.  Do not under any circumstances call the ambulance services direct.  By involving Business Design Centre Control, they can co-ordinate the ambulance staff and direct them to venue and site of accident correctly.

Emergency Precautions

If you discover a fire or someone reports a fire to you immediately raise the alarm by either:

  • Pick up any internal emergency red telephone and this will connect you with control. Tell the Duty Operative where the fire is and your location.
  • Operate the nearest fire alarm call point by breaking the glass. If you do this (and it is safe to do so) please stay near the fire point to direct the attending Security Officer to the fire.

In the event that you notice a suspicious package or item, or someone reports it to you, do not attempt to open it, move it or touch it. Pick up any internal emergency red telephone, which will connect you to Control, and inform Security of the location of the item or package.

If it is decided to evacuate the building you will hear the fire alarm bells and tannoy messages informing you to leave the building. Please leave by the nearest fire exit or as instructed by members of the security staff. Please familiarise yourself with the nearest fire exits to your stand.

Do not stay in the building once you have been instructed to leave. Do not stay to collect handbags, valuables etc. Leave immediately.

Fire assembly points:

  • Front of the Building: Berners Road located to the right of the Business Design Centre entrance
  • Rear of the building: pavement area outside of the old Royal Free Hospital in Liverpool Road.

Do not do anything to endanger your life. Try to prevent people from going near the fire until help arrives. Please try to stay calm and encourage others to do the same. Please help those that appear to be experiencing difficulties.

Fire extinguishers will be located as stipulated by the venue. If your stand is located near to a fire extinguisher, the exhibitor should familiarise themselves with how to use it and know the position of the nearest fire alarm point in the building. 

Please click here for the BDC’s Fire Evacuation Procedure.

Emergency Precautions

Exhibitors should nominate enough staff to ensure the observance of the following Emergency Procedures at all times including the location of the nearest fire alarm points.

Checking the Stand

Stands should be checked regularly to ensure that no unidentifiable packages, cases or bags have been deposited.  If suspicions arise, do not touch the article but call Control by picking up the red telephones. When leaving the stand each night (or in the event of an evacuation) lease ensure that appliances are switched off in particular any potentially dangerous items (e.g. naked flames).

  


 

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