Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games – HSE’s role during the run-up

Venues are currently at various stages of handover to Glasgow 2014 who will complete final preparations to manage and operate them during the Games. Glasgow 2014 will therefore become the main Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 duty holder.

HSE has established a Commonwealth Games Health and Safety Regulators’ Steering Group. Representatives of the steering group have met with Glasgow 2014.

During the run up to the Games, HSE’s attention will focus on a number of areas, including the construction of temporary demountable structures (TDS), high hazard sites adjacent to venues and major transport routes, legionella risks, and the safe storage and handling of pyrotechnics for the opening and closing ceremonies.

Construction of temporary demountable structures (TDS)

The task of staging the Games includes transforming new and existing venues as well as building TDS for competition, hospitality, events and celebrations. Many of the TDS will include temporary buildings, seating stands, stages, large video screens and lighting towers.

HSE’s construction sector has been working with Glasgow 2014, to explain our expectations and gain assurance on their commitment to effectively manage the risks associated with the construction and dismantling of TDS.

HSE expects those who control the risks associated with the installation and dismantling of Games-related TDS to:

  • understand their duties in relation to the risks arising from TDS;
  • have adequate plans and procedures in place to ensure that the structures are designed, built, maintained, adapted and dismantled safely, and that they are safe for workers and the public to use;
  • ensure that there are robust arrangements in place for the co-ordination and co-operation of contractors and the safe movement of vehicles and pedestrians during the erection and dismantling phases.

Standards should be consistent with the industry-accepted (and HSE-endorsed) Institution of Structural engineers (IStructE) guidance for the safe management and use of TDS.

High hazard sites, cooling towers and pyrotechnics

To help ensure critical infrastructure resilience and provide public reassurance, HSE will undertake precautionary visits to high hazard sites and HSE-enforced sites with cooling towers which are situated close to Games venues and major transport routes.

It is important to note that:

  • major hazard sites subject to the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999 and biological agent regulation and sites containing hazard sites classified as sub-COMA, are required to take effective measures to control off-site risks to as low as is reasonably practicable;
  • duty holders with cooling towers must effectively manage the risks from exposure to legionella bacteria.

This is not particular to the Games but is an ongoing requirement of such sites.

HSE will also work with Glasgow 2014 and their contractors to ensure that the appropriate permissions are in place for the safe storage and handling of fireworks and pyrotechnics for the opening and closing ceremonies.

Local Authorities are responsible for regulating  the Games firework and pyrotechnics displays.

Find out more

To find out more about HSE’s role in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, see HSE’s intervention strategy, post-construction phase.

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