Organising safer events - policy and guidance

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Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has developed the safer events policy and guidance documents in partnership with; Local Authorities in Northumberland and Tyne and Wear, Northumbria Police, North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, Tyne and Wear Emergency Planning Unit and Northumberland Emergency Planning Department.

These documents provide a framework for organisations across the region to apply safety requirements when organising events.

This guidance can be applied to events of all sizes, held by any type of organisation or individual.

Please select the downloads tab to view the documents.

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Firework displays should be enjoyable and spectacular occasions – but they do need responsible planning. The good news is that there is straightforward guidance to help you. 

The Health and Safety Executive website www.hse.gov.uk/explosives/fireworks/using.htm provides guidance for Organising Firework Displays and guidance documents for the safe storage of explosives.

The Explosives Industry Group (EIG) website www.eig2.org.uk/new-guides-for-firework-displays have also provides this guidance along with the useful document

EIG has taken over the production and publication of the obsolete HSE Guides – HSG123 (Working together on firework displays) and HSG 124 (Giving your own firework display) and has brought them up to date by including:-

  • Details of new firework types
  • Changes in the law
  • Advice on smoke issues
  • Advice on Risk Assessment and “Safety” distances
  • Advice on new European Standards and ISO Standards
  • Advice on “myths” that circulate within the industry


 The new guides are available FREE OF CHARGE in electronic form by clicking the links below:-

Working Together on Firework Displays –The Blue Firework Guide

Giving Your Own Firework Display –The Red Firework Guide

The EIG also publishes a number of other guides for the explosive industry.

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  • Safer Events Guidance [pdf / 245KB] The document is intended as guidance to organisations involved in the public safety of both licensed and non-licensed events and promotes interagency discussion and involvement in the principles of the "Safety Advisory Group" as a means of achieving a safe event. [63kb][pdf]