Preparing for and staging the London 2012 Games was a colossal undertaking. HSE worked with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and others to help make the Games an event that everyone could enjoy safely.
HSE worked with our local authority co-regulators to develop a joint Intervention Strategy for LOCOG covering the period up to the end of the Games. As was the case for the construction project, the strategy is based on:
- early intervention to seek assurances that key risks have been identified and adequately managed
- inspection of high-risk activities to ensure that standards are being met.
We have worked closely with local authority colleagues, to share information and promote a proportionate and consistent approach to regulation.
LOCOG's preparations for the Games have included fitting out the venues and Athletes' Village built by the ODA, transforming existing venues such as ExCel and Earls Court, and building temporary venues. This construction work continued during the Games, as venues were adapted for different events, and into the post-Games period, when the temporary structures will be dismantled and removed.
HSE has undertaken early and continuing interventions with LOCOG and its contractors in relation to the safe construction and dismantling of temporary demountable structures.
HSE was the lead health and safety regulator for broadcasting and for elements of LOCOG's transport and logistics operations for the Games. We developed individual intervention plans for these activities, focusing on the core agenda of leadership, competence, roles and responsibilities, and management of contractors. In addition we have conducted interventions with LOCOG, its contractors and others in relation to a number of other areas of health and safety risk management.