Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Spectator Safety

These pages are designed to give you some extra information to help with your Spectator Safety NVQ. 

If you have any further questions please email me:     robnvq@gmail.com

Guidance for events

The Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (also known as the Green Guide) contains comprehensive guidance for spectator safety at sports grounds. Version 6 is produced by the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA).

Although it has now been superseded, you can download Version 5 to give yourself an idea of the contents.

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Green Guide
The Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (also known as the Green Guide)

The Event Safety Guide (also known as The Purple Guide) is aimed at non-sports events. It is produced by The Events Industry Forum and the current version is available by online subscription.

The original book was published by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive). Although dated, the old version is still worth a look.

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The Event Safety Guide (also known as The Purple Guide)

Health & Safety Legislation

Health & Safety at Work Act 1974

The key piece of legislation for safety in the workplace which covers all the venues where you work as a steward is the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 (also referred to as HASAWA).  There are many more additional laws and regulations that have been put in place since, but this is one you should know. This is a very short summary:-

Employers have a duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of all employees, and anyone else who uses the premises.

You have a duty to look after your own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by what you do (or do not do). You must co-operate with your employer and co-workers to help everyone meet their legal requirements.

The HSE (Health & safety Executive) publishes a lot of useful guidance on Health & Safety Legislation.

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The HSE web site has a section dedicated to safety at events which contains a range of useful information.

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The Equality Act 2010


In your role as a steward, you should treat everybody equally. The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to give certain groups legal protection from discrimination; it defines nine protected characteristics:-

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation
  • marriage or civil partnership

Discrimination can take several forms, including:-

Direct discrimination – treating a person less favourably because of one of the protected characteristics.

Indirect discrimination – having a policy or rule that applies to everyone but has a negative effect on someone because of one of the protected characteristics.

Discrimination by association  – treating a person worse because they are associated with someone with one of the protected characteristics.


The Act also compels service providers to make ‘reasonable’ adjustments to remove or minimise disadvantages experienced by disabled people. At spectator events this may include things such as access, designated parking, lifts, viewing areas and accessible toilets.


The Inclusive and Accessible Stadia Report gives a useful insight into some of the issues that people with disabilities face at spectator events.

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The document below gives a summary of the Equality Act with examples of types of discrimination.

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