Top Tips For Capitalising On Bank Holiday Bonanzas
By Chris Little, managing director of Premierline Direct
With a run of Bank Holidays just around the corner, your business may be considering planning live music events, holding a comedy night or some other form of entertainment to attract the crowds. But what you may not have considered is how changes to your day-to-day business activities can create new risks. Premierline Direct, the business insurance specialist, offers top tips on how to organise a safe Bank Holiday event:
• Planning an event is time consuming, so make sure you allow plenty of time prior to the day to ensure optimum safety for staff...
...and the public. You may need to consult various authorities for permissions or licenses for certain events, which can cause delays, so factor in extra time.
• Don’t assume other people are competent. Events that have been arranged before can prove a useful guide. However you must conduct your own risk assessment as previous organisers may have overlooked certain hazards. This also applies to hired equipment. Undertake your own checks to ensure any gazebos or temporary stages are safe and secure.
• Blowing your customers away with live music performances may seem like a good idea, but don’t take this literally. Wet and windy weather conditions can make temporary structures unsteady, so consider alternatives if it is unsafe for them to be erected.
• Be aware of new slip and trip hazards. Live music performances and face painting events may create risks from extra cables, hazardous anchorage and paint or water spillages. Ensure all staff are fully briefed on how to spot potential dangers; show them how to use cable matting to secure loose wires and how to clean up spillages and display appropriate signage for wet floors. They should also be made aware of what to do in an emergency,... continued on page two >