The job of volunteering generally doesn't fall within the scope of health and safety law unless it is done through an organisation that is an employer. For example, a group of local residents who come together to organise a street party do not have duties under health and safety law. Similarly, a volunteer working for an event organiser will not have duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 other than the duty not to misuse or interfere with items provided for health and safety reasons.

Follow this link to the Cabinet Office 'Can do' guide aimed at volunteers organising community events.

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Updated 2020-08-28