When you run an event on public land, you have a “duty of care” towards all people on your event site: workers, volunteers, attendees etc.

Requirements that must be part of your written Health and Safety Management Plan to align with the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015:

  • A system is in place for the identification, assessment, control and review of hazards before and during the event.
  • Health and Safety responsibilities are assigned to designated staff including volunteers.
  • All staff working at the event location have the necessary knowledge and skills to perform their job adequately, or will be adequately supervised.
  • A plan is in place to inspect the event location to ensure that the venue is safe prior to the event.
  • An Accident Register is kept on site.
  • An Emergency Plan designed for the event is in place for dealing with a variety of emergencies.
  • A Health and Safety briefing is carried out with staff (including volunteers) prior to each session of the event and is documented.
  • A system is in place with the collaboration of all partners and suppliers to ensure the public is not endangered by activities carried out at the event venue.

For more information and advice, please visit the WorkSafe New Zealand website  


Inflatable devices (e.g. Bouncy castles)

Only operators who can provide evidence to event organisers that land-borne inflatable amusement devices meet the requirements of Australian Standard 3533.4.1 should be allowed to operate.


Reporting accidents

Employers, principals and self-employed persons must notify WorkSafe NZ as soon as possible of accidents and occurrences of serious harm.


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