The new Purple Guide will be launched at the House of Commons today (Tuesday March 18) and will be available online immediately afterwards at www.thepurpleguide.co.uk

Initially 23 chapters are being published with further chapters being added over the summer. Consideration will then be given to producing a printed version.

The new guide will be available online for an annual subscription of £25, which includes access to updates and additions during the year. All the money raised through subscriptions will be ring-fenced by the Events Industry Forum to support the maintenance of the guide in future years as well as the development of further guidance.


The Purple Guide has been written by The Events Industry Forum in consultation with the events industry. Its aim is to help those event organisers who are dutyholders to manage health and safety, particularly at large-scale music and similar events. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was consulted in the production of the workplace health and safety parts of this publication.


HSE state that; "Following this guidance is not compulsory, unless specifically stated, as some elements go further than the minimum you need to do to comply with workplace health and safety law. If in doubt you should refer to the requirements of the law at www.hse.gov.uk


The publication of new and up-to-date guidance for the management of events is welcomed by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health which has provided funding to support the launch.

The Concert Promoters Association helped to fund development of the new Purple Guide and fully supports it as guidance for the safe development and management of events.

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