World Cup – Make sure ‘Kick-off’ is in Brazil, not on your premises

1 April, 2014
Andy Cox

Between Thursday 12th June and Sunday 13th July 2014 Brazil play host to the football World Cup.

Between these dates the football matches will be televised and shown in licensed premises across the UK with interested parties no doubt following the progress of Roy’s men. There may be speculation about how long England take part in the tournament, but one thing is for certain, the games will go on late into the night even without extra time and penalties, so operators need to make sure they are ready …throughout the group stages at least.

It’s widely anticipated that customer numbers will increase during the tournament as a result of matches being shown on terrestrial TV,  with of course, the greatest number of customers expected for England games. Operators must also be aware that unlike the last few World Cups, games will start late in the evening, so many customers are likely to have had their fair share before a ball is kicked – this could present operators with obvious issues, win or lose (on penalties…again).

However, there is a need to look beyond the prospect of physical aggression at times like this, that’s according to Andy Cox from leading health and safety consultancy, Perry Scott Nash: “In terms of a pre-tournament risk assessment, we’ll be working with our clients and urge you to look at the following:

  • Underage sales
  • General health and safety during screenings of matches
  • Fire safety
  • Over occupancy
  • Public nuisance

As an employer, you are duty-bound to look after the safety of your staff and the safety of your customers. Here are a few considerations:

  • Review your premises occupancy figure and ensure this is known and adhered to by Managers and Door Supervisors on all days including World Cup match days.
  • Fire measures should continue to be in place with routine checks and tests logged (e.g. fire alarm testing, emergency lighting tests etc).
  • All fire exit routes should be kept clear with no accumulations of combustible materials in public areas. 
  • Consider measures to speed up service to prevent frustration/bottle-necks at the bar. Ideas may include: Pre-ordering, table service, pitchers, multiple sales of bottles, pre-pouring half pints, rounding up pricing to whole £’s
  • Consider likely cash amounts. You may wish to arrange cash collections if you believe that the site will be handling large sums of cash.
  • Determine whether tables and chairs will need to be moved prior to football games. If tables are to be moved just prior to games then ensure that this message is effectively communicated to customers
  • Review whether children should be permitted during match times – this will be determined by the nature of the premises, how busy it is expected to become, designated areas away from ‘football’
  • Ensure all security measures are present on the premises e.g. CCTV is working
  • Review any existing restrictions on the premises license.

Perry Scott Nash has completed a full risk assessment document that can be obtained FREE of charge by contacting our team on +44(0)1438 745771 or by contacting us through THIS FORM

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