Health & Safety Executive

The Purple Guide has been written by a group of experts drawn from across the outdoor events industry. Its aim is to help those event organisers who are dutyholders to manage health and safety, particularly at large-scale music and similar events.  The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which originally published the guidance, was consulted from the outset on 'the workplace health and safety' parts of this publication and continues to review any changes made to the Guide.

This guidance is not compulsory, unless specifically stated, as some elements go further than the minimum an organiser needs to do to comply with workplace health and safety law. If in doubt, organisers should refer to the requirements of the law at

The Events Industry Forum took over publication of the Guide in 2012 with the support of the HSE, The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and The Concert Promoters Association (CPA), who helped to fund its initial development.    

A wide number of industry associations, individuals and commercial organisations have contributed to the revisions of the Purple Guide since its publication and are recognised in the Acknowledgements pages - see here