Crowd control report published

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A new report identifying areas of good practice in crowd safety has been published by the Health and Safety Executive in the UK.

Buckinghamshire New University was commissioned by the HSE in third quarter 2008 to undertake the research into the management of crowd safety at unusual and outdoor street events. The findings, which are significant to events and event organisers throughout the country, are contained in the full report which is now available on the HSE research website: http://www. hse. gov. uk/research/rrpdf/rr790. pdfFour events from around the country formed the basis of the study and were chosen to provide the university research team with a variety of size, location, time of year, time of day and activity involved. Two events, Tar Barrels at Ottery St Mary and Edinburgh's Hogmanay, were visited in 2008, whilst Cheese Rolling at Coopers Hill, Gloucestershire, and the Notting Hill Carnival, were visited in 2009. The aim of the research, which was sponsored by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, was to gather information at the events to identify areas of good practice in crowd safety. The collection of information was performed through in–depth interviews with key players involved in the events, through questionnaires about safety at the event carried out with members of the public attending, and from photographic and documentary evidence. The findings reflect the conditions found at the case study events at the time of the research. Teresa Moore, head of music and events management at Bucks New University, explained: "We set out to identify good practice in the management of crowd safety and looked at both the organisational arrangements and the facilities that were put in place to manage the safety of the crowd, including communications, first aid, transport, physical structures and welfare services. " The findings from the case studies were drawn together to produce a good practice checklist for crowd safety. Penny Mellor, project manager, said: "What the case studies showed is how much crowd safety is a matter of clarity of roles of key players, collaboration, preparation and planning, as well as common sense. Local knowledge played an important part. "Professor Chris Kemp, pro vice chancellor and executive dean: design, media & management at Bucks New University, who led the research team, said: "This was a challenging project. We are very grateful to all who helped and contributed to the findings, and hope readers of the report will find the good practice we identified will have resonance for other events. "We recognise that our research is just a start in collecting evidence of the good practice that seems to work to enhance crowd safety at particular events, and very much welcome feedback on the report and on how the factors we identified are relevant for other events. "Tony Whitehead, of the HSE said: "HSE, in collaboration with the event industry, is about to begin the revision of the existing Events Safety Guide, HSG 195. This research will contribute to the body of information to be considered during the revision and is an excellent example of partnership working with academia, where the examples of good practice outlined within this report will be shared with the industry. "About Bucks New UniversityBuckinghamshire New University has enjoyed a long and successful history since it was founded in 1893. The University now offers an extensive portfolio of courses spanning the events and crowd management industries, general management and technology, creative and cultural industries, and the public sector. It also offers services to industry including contract research, consultancy and the opportunity to employ graduates. It is home to the International Centre for Crowd Management and Security Studies. The University has recently completed a major campus re–development programme, which saw the opening in September 2009 of: a new state–of–the–art building in High Wycombe known as the Gateway and comprising a learning resource and technology centre, events hall, music and video production studios, gym, sports science laboratory, dance, drama, , library and meeting rooms; new student accommodation in High Wycombe; and a new base for nursing students and applied healthcare research in Uxbridge, West London. Websites: bucks. tv and bucks. ac. uk

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