The Safety Advisory Group (SAG) for the Outer Hebrides is a sub group of the Western Isles Emergency Planning Co-ordinating Group (WIEPCG), co-ordinated by Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar and is made up of representatives from the Comhairle, the emergency services and other relevant organisations. They meet to review event proposals and advise on public safety (this includes the safety of participants).
The types of events that may benefit from the SAG process include outdoor festivals, country shows, community events, charity events and sports events such as cycling and car rallies.
The guiding principle for determining which events will be invited to attend the SAG process is where there is thought to be a significant public safety risk. The criteria for identifying which events will be invited to attend the SAG process are stated at point 7.
One of the important roles performed by the SAG is to bring all relevant parties together to ensure that the planning for an event is conducted in a methodical and co-ordinated way. This in no way detracts from the legal responsibilities of the organisers of events.
This policy is based on the recommendations of the Safety at Public Events Working Group but is adapted to take account of local practices that have already been established to deal with events in the Western Isles.
Your event may be invited to attend a Safety Advisory Group Meeting.
Guidance For Event Organisers
If you are planning a public event in the Western Isles, such as a music festival, community games day, or large fundraising event, there are a number of things you need to consider to ensure it is run safely and within the requirements of the law, while still being fun for all who attend.
Early planning of the event is key to ensuring its success. Contact the Licensing Section of the Comhairle on (01851) 822 619 to discuss your event and to find out whether you need to apply for a Public Entertainment Licence.