Essential health and safety for your event

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Health and safety is dull, right? Well, not for us. It’s a key part of what we do and, with our years’ of experience, Trafalgar Marquees really are the experts when it comes to supplying beautiful marquees that keep guests happy, comfortable and, most importantly, safe.

If you’re looking for short term marquee hire for a big celebration, a work event or a seasonal party then you’ll want to focus on the fun stuff, knowing that all the health and safety requirements are covered. And that’s where our highly trained team come in. Here’s how we keep you safe while you and your guests enjoy yourselves…

Site assessments

We have marquees in all shapes and sizes, to suit most locations. Initially we’ll send our experienced team out to do a site visit and complete a full risk assessment. They’ll measure the area and assess the surface the marquee will sit on and how level it is, as well as any likely construction hazards. They’ll also look at things like access requirements and parking.

Building and dismantling

Our trained staff will then build and dismantle your structure safely, monitored by an experienced site manager. Training and risk assessments are of key importance, and all of our staff have completed the MUTA StructureSafe site safety course, alongside on-site health and safety training. We also have trained first aiders on the team.

Safety recommendations…

We’ll also make safety recommendations for the fitting out of the marquee. For example, if it’s likely to be wet, we will recommend a hard, non-slip floor that can easily be kept dry. Catering areas also require non-slip flooring, good ventilation and more, which the team will discuss with you. All the furniture, heating and lighting we supply complies fully with health and safety regulations, and is regularly safety tested. Plus, for your peace of mind, an optional damage waiver is added to all quotes, to cover you against most eventualities (subject to our Terms and Conditions).

Covid solutions

We’ve worked hard to develop solutions to the ever-changing requirements of the Covid pandemic, too. We can provide hands-free sanitiser stations and Covid signage, as well as creating adequate space for social distancing, should it be required.

Are marquees safe?

Yes, our marquees are fully staked and weighted and completely fire resistant and weatherproof. They are made in accordance with EC safety standards and, following a fire risk assessment, will always have the required number of fire exits. Also, unless there are exceptional weather conditions, you should experience no problems in our marquees. In fact, our marquees are often used to protect projects from the weather, meaning they can stay right on schedule.

Accreditation

Don’t just take our word for it, though. We are proud to be members of MUTA (Made Up Textiles Association), the UK’s only trade association dedicated to marquees, tents and structures. This governing body improves standards in the temporary structure industry and promotes best practice. We adhere to its Best Practice Guide with all our work and regularly allow its inspectors to visit our sites to confirm compliance with this code.

We also follow the government guidelines for temporary structures, as set out by the Health and Safety Executive. Alongside this, we continually monitor and revise our own health and safety management, to ensure all industry standards are met. Our health and safety policy, risk assessments, method statements, fire safety certificates and insurance certificates are all available on request. 

Our marquees

Finally, we love our marquees, so we treat them with plenty of TLC. Each and every component is regularly inspected for wear and tear, damage and cleanliness, as per the guidelines set out in the MUTA Best Practice Guide.

So, as you can see, health and safety really is at the forefront of what we do, which leaves you free to focus on the decorations, catering, entertainment and much more. Safe in the knowledge that, behind the scenes, the well-trained Trafalgar Marquees team will continue to deliver high quality services, products and processes as safely as possible.

Once you have your date and an idea of numbers, give us a call on 01932 620060 and we’ll work with you to find exactly the right marquee for your event. Alternatively, make a start with our clever marquee calculator for an initial idea of costs.