A safety certificate is part of a total, integrated system for managing health and safety at sports grounds. While the local authority (Hampshire County Council) is responsible for issuing the safety certificate, safety cannot be achieved by one agency acting in isolation. The local authority has a statutory responsibility to consult with Police, Fire and Building Control authorities.
This duty will be discharged through the Safety Advisory Group (SAG) which is a multi agency advisory group consisting of officers of the Local Authority and representatives from Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, NHS Ambulance Service, representatives from the club concerned including their safety officer, representatives from planning control authorities, together with any other interested parties that the chair of the SAG considers appropriate.
The primary function of the SAG is to provide specialist advice to the Local Authority The safety certificate will contain the terms and conditions that the local authority considers necessary or expedient to secure the reasonable safety of spectators at sports grounds when it is being used for the activities specified in the certificate.
The primary responsibility for the safety of spectators at the sports ground rests at all times with the sports ground management and will not be assumed by the local authority.
These are sports grounds that in the opinion of the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has accommodation for more than 10,000 spectators, or 5,000 in the case of a Premiership or Football League grounds in England or Wales.
The primary legislation covering "Designated Grounds" is the Safety at Sports Grounds Act 1975
A stand is considered to be "Regulated" if it has a covered capacity in excess of 500 people.
The primary legislation covering "Regulated Stands" is the Fire Safety and Safety at Places of Sport Act 1987
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has issued guidance on the subject, "A Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds' (known as the Green Guide).