Health and Safety

Using barriers at events

If you decide to use barriers and fencing as a crowd management tool, they should be risk assessed. Depending on the complexity of the risk and barrier/s, you may need a source of competent advice to help you. Barriers may be used to:

  • control the crowd to ensure routes are clear for the participants
  • to separate the crowd from performers or participants
  • to protect the public against specific hazards such as moving machinery, barbecues, vehicles and any other dangerous displays.

For full and comprehensive guidance: Health and Safety Executive  

ID: 4779, revised 08/03/2023