You see them all over the place and at every time of the year. Whether it’s a Christmas market in the winter months, a festival or carnival in summer, or a sporting event throughout the year, outdoor events are extremely popular. However, while many of us simply turn up to such events, have you ever thought about the planning that has to go in to make them a success?
Here, alongside Inn Supplies, who offer a range of disposable catering supplies, we look at the laws you must adhere to if you are planning an outdoor event.
In the same way that a restaurant must, outdoor events have to make sure they comply with food safety regulations. This is exactly why the Food Safety Act of 1990 was introduced. This is the framework for all food legislation in Great Britain and means you must make sure all food is labelled, advertised and presented in a way that won’t mislead the consumer.
In England, you must also comply with the Food Hygiene Regulations of 2006. Introduced on 11th January 2006, the legislation means that there is a clearer duty for food business operators to produce food safely, thus improving public health.
And this is just for starters! On top of this, The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has put together a helpful guide titled National Guidance for Outdoor and Mobile Catering. If you plan to organise an outdoor event where food is involved, this document will cover every step of the way in great detail to make sure you’re well prepared and legally covered.
If you’re planning a large outdoor event, don’t be fooled into thinking you can just plough as many people as possible into your space. Just like if you were to host it indoors, each area will have a maximum capacity you must adhere to. Failure to do so will mean it could be a potential fire risk and lead to the local authorities shutting you down. Factors to consider include emergency exits, exit widths and gangways. For a free fire safety risk assessment checklist check out the government’s version.
You must also take into consideration what aspects of your event may involve an element of risk. For example, will there be fayre rides or fireworks? You must make sure that any possible risk has been fully assessed and everything is in place to prevent them – or to act fast if needed. Read more here…