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Festival Insights NEWS: Are Safety Advisory Groups (SAG) Being Misused?


Duncan White is part of Symphotech’s team of health and safety experts and has over 30 years of experience as a former fire officer with Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service. Duncan was chair of the Chief Fire Officers Association Event Safety Group and worked with the HSE to produce the fire safety chapters for the new Purple Guide. Here he discusses Safety Advisory Groups and explores if they’re being misused.

Event organisers (and more often than not their safety advisors) are facing an increasing demand on their time attending SAG meetings. It has been a number of years since I undertook my ‘Working in Safety Advisory Group’ training at the Emergency Planning College, so I recently took the time to undertake some CPD and look back through my course notes and refer to the guidance provided by the HSE.

The first thing I did was to look up the meaning of advisory, and according to Google this is…



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