The levels and types of cover depend of the nature of the event, most events use the Purple Guide (Health, Safety and Welfare at Music and Other Events) to indicate safe levels of medical cover.

 

Sporting events often have their own specific medical requirements

The guide aims to help those who organise music or similar events, so that the events can run safely.

As an employer, the event organiser - whether an individual, collective or local authority - has a general duty to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of their employees. They also have a duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that others - including volunteers and spectators - are not exposed to risks to their health and safety arising from the operation of the event.

Where appropriate this guide will be to recommend the level of cover your events needs to remain within the guidelines, but more importantly safe and enjoyable for participants, staff and those attending!

Transparency Guide for levels of medical cover at your event

Classification: Very Small Event

Event Attendance:  Up to 3000 people

Essential Cover:

Minimum of 2 First Aiders / Responders 2 First Aiders/ Responders for every 1000 people attending

Considerations:

Site ambulance and crew if event held across a large area or definitive care is greater than 30 minutes away Paramedics, ECPs or ENPs to increase casualty assessment and stabilisation capability where circumstances dictate

Classification: Small Event

Event Attendance: 3000 – 10,000 people

Essential Cover:

1-2 Paramedics or ECPs 1-2 Nurses or ENPs 6 First Aiders / Responders for the first 3000 people attending and then an additional 1 First Aider/ Responder for each additional 1000 people attending

Considerations:

Ambulance(s) and crew for on-site service and transfers to hospital Rapid Response Vehicle Doctor

Classification:  Medium Event

Event Attendance: 10,000 – 50,000 people

Essential Cover:

1-2 Doctors 2-4 Paramedics or ECPs 2-4 Nurses or ENPs 10 First Aiders / Responders for the first 10,000 people attending and then an additional 1 First Aider/ Responder for each additional 5000 people attending Ambulance(s) and crew for on-site service and transfers to hospital (minimum of 1 ambulance) Rapid Response Vehicle/Mode

Considerations:

Specialist Doctors Pit crews, where appropriate Substance abuse teams, where indicated

Additional Guidelines and Considerations

Some events may require additional or industry specific guidelines, rules or specifications, such as approved running or cycling events, sport grounds or triathlons.

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