Industry applauds Home Office fireworks ban

Live Nation and the Music Venue Trust welcomed the Home Office ban on fireworks, flares and smoke bombs at music events, which came into effect on Monday April 3.

Highlighted as a significant unresolved issue by Andrew Stevens at AP Security in EIN’s Festival Buyer’s Guide, the new legislation, under the Policing and Crime Act, means any member of the public found guilty of possessing pyrotechnics at a festival or music event could face up to three months in prison. It does not seek to ban artists and event organisers from using pyros in their shows.

“We have worked with the music industry to introduce this offence to give them the necessary powers to ban these articles from their venues and events and make sure music fans have a safe environment in which to enjoy themselves,” Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, Brandon Lewis, said.

“We are pleased to have had the opportunity to work with the Home Office to make this ban a reality,” Festival Republic MD, Melvin Benn, said.

“Safety of our patrons is of utmost importance to us. Now music fans will have the same protection as football fans, with the ability to enjoy themselves without worrying about the misuse of these dangerous items which can cause significant distress and injury.”


Original article by Paul Allott – Event Ind News

More Dates for the HS Event 2017

The NEC hosted one of the most popular health and safety events of the year. With exhibitors, speakers and delegates from the industry, it is a must for safety professionals.

The five seminar theatres were busy throughout the event, with lots of extremely important networking!

Disappointed that you missed out? Fear not, the organisers have planned two more events this year.

HS scotland

The first will be at Glasgow’s premier event venue, the SEC in May. The event will be one in a series as part of the Scotland Works events.

HS north

Following on from the event in Glasgow, the next stop will be the North of England in October, located in Manchester at Event City.

To book a place, simply go to the health and safety event website, and follow the relevant links to book from there: Health and Safety Event Website

What’s next for UK law – The Great Repeal Bill

On Wednesday 29th March 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50, starting the process which will officially take Britain out of the European Union (EU) in March 2019.

 This was shortly followed by the publishing of the Great Repeal Bill White Paper on Thursday 30th March.

This document sets out the government’s proposal for ensuring a functioning statue book once the UK has left the EU and provides details about:bret-2-

  • The repeal of the European Communities Act 1972;
  • How EU law will be converted into UK law; and
  • How corrections will be made to the statue book to ensure the law continues to function once Britain leave the EU.

Once the Great Repeal Bill is in force the UK will be an independent sovereign nation with laws made in Westminster rather than Brussels. To achieve this, the Great Repeal Bill will do three main things:

  1. Repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and return power to UK institutions;
  2. Subject to the proposals set out in the White Paper, convert EU law, as it stands at the moment of exit, into UK law before Britain leave the EU. This will allow businesses to continue operating knowing the rules have not significantly changed overnight; and
  3. Create power to make secondary legislation. This will enable corrections to be made to the laws that would otherwise no longer operate appropriately once Britain has left the EU.

Overall, the Great Repeal Bill aims to ensure that, as a general rule, the same rules and laws will apply after we leave the EU as they did before. Without this Bill and the conversion of EU law into domestic law the UK’s statue book would contain significant gaps.

The Great Repeal Bill: White Paper can be viewed here.

The Government have also published a guidance document which provides information to businesses about the Bill – this document can be viewed here.