anchorStand Building Health & Safety


Fire Safety

General Health & Safety Rules



TOP SAFETY CONCERNS

All persons working on the build-up and breakdown within the venue are required to wear footwear that protects the toes and soles of feet from injury. Persons in open-toe sandals will not be allowed into the halls during this period.


The Organisers do not recommend any particular brand of safety boot but they should be 'CE' marked. The CE marking signifies that the Personal Protective Equipment satisfies certain basic safety requirements and in some cases will have been tested and certified by an independent body.
Essentially, please find detailed below a summary of the top safety issues we are targeting as an organiser.

Work Equipment – must be maintained in good order and shall be regularly inspected or tested to ensure it is safe to use.

Personal Protective Equipment - The use of personal protective equipment is mandatory where there is a foreseeable risk of a requirement to prevent injury. Such PPE may include the following:


  • A hard hat for protecting the head and face from injury
  • Appropriate footwear (preferably steel toe-cap), think soled boots to protect the feet
  • Gloves to protect the hands and forearms
  • High visibility vests
  • Dust masks to protect from breathing hazardous or irritable particles
  • Eye protection
  • Hearing Protection
  • Harness & Safety Belts


This is not an exhaustive list of items and the duty to assess that the correct type of PPE s applied to a work situation shall be that of an employer.

Risk Assessment – All stands will require a full Risk Assessment to be submitted prior to the event. Please click here for further details on a risk assessment. 

Floor to Ceiling Rigging - All stand fitting must be supported from the ground. Stand fitting should not be rigged from the ceiling.

Electrical Equipment - All electrical equipment must be non-combustible, inherently non-flammable or durably flameproof. All electrical equipment will have a plug and be earthed.

The use of multi-way plug-in adaptors (4-way blocks) has proved to be a danger not only to users but also as a potential source of fire. Trailing block type units are frequently joined together to form ‘daisy chains’ thus overloading circuits. Any ‘daisy chained’ units will be disconnected and removed and electrical power to your stand will not be connected or re-connected until the electrical contractor is satisfied that the installation is safe.


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Guarding on Machinery - Where there is a risk to safety from moving parts on machinery and tools, whether provided for the exhibition or stand construction, they must be suitably guarded to protect persons from injury.

Machinery - Where there is a risk to the venue floor please make sure protective mats are used and also cutting bags

Floor ducts – Access to and use of any of the floor ducts is limited to the employees of Fira Barcelona and its contractors, for the purpose of installing main supply cables, piped services and IT equipment only.

Paints - Only water-based paints and adhesives will be permitted to be used on stand fittings within the exhibition halls. Oil-based paints and spray paint will not be permitted to be used in the venue.

Stands - all stands must be neatly finished as stands will be seen from above.

Hot Works at the Venue – Any work involving Oxy-acetylene cutting/welding, arc welding, gas/oil blowlamps, grinders, tar boilers, LPG burners and / or soldering requires a hot working permit, issued by the venues prior to the commencement of work. No naked or open flame equipment is to be used in the exhibition hall at any time.

Hazardous Waste – This includes empty paint tins, brushes, cement, guns etc. All should be deposited off in the correct way. If you are unsure of how to dispose of your items, please speak to the Hall Managers or Floor Managers location within the hall. 


Fire Safety


Hot work and naked flames

Hot work is any process that can be a source of ignition when flammable material is present or can be a fire hazard regardless of the presence of flammable material in the workplace. Common hot work processes are any work involving oxy-acetylene cutting/welding, gas/oil blowlamps, grinders, tar boilers, LPG burners, soldering. When flammable materials are present, processes such as grinding and drilling become hot work, processes which requires a hot work permit issued by Fira Barcelona prior to the commencement of work.

  • Exhibitors / Contractors are to indicate any hot work / hot work demonstrations which are taking place on the stand
  • Demonstrations must be carried out on concrete or on ground protected by heat resistant material at the cost of the Hirer
  • All safety measures should be provided to ensure members of the public are not exposed to any danger or risks from the hot work demonstrations
  • Fire extinguishers are be provided and readily available for use for this area. Exhibitors will have to abide by any other recommendations made by Fira, the organisers and the Fire and Safety authorities
  • The immediate area must be clear of other workers, public and vehicles and no other workers, public or vehicles should be able to pass under hot works
  • The immediate area must be clear of any combustible items
  • The operative and others must be suitably protected from risk of burns and damage to eyes
  • A suitable fire extinguisher must be provided close to the location of hot works
  • A second operative is required to monitor the operation, to keep other people clear, watch for signs of a fire, and use the fire extinguisher if necessary

Please contact your hall manager for further assistance.

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Flammables: gas bottles, helium balloons, bioethanol, burners

Domestic Butane or Propane gas bottles, helium filled balloons or bio ethanol burners are not permitted inside the venue at any time.

Should you require outdoor heating solutions, please contact servfira for further details.


Fire extinguishers

Stands with a travel distance of over 15m to a public gangway must provide their own fire extinguishers which are properly mounted close to escape routes and located clearly visible at least every 15m. At least one extinguisher must always be provided on the second level.

Fire Extinguishers can be hired through Resa Expo Logistic pre-event or onsite. Please note a surcharge will be applied to all onsite orders. Please email Alan Vargas or call +34 93 264 24 40

For onsite orders please visit Resa Expo Logistic - Central Operations office (located at the back of Hall 3 - access only available from outside the hall). To see a location map please click here.

Important: Any fire extinguishers and hoses sited within the hall or your stand must not be covered or obstructed at any time. If there is a fire extinguisher located within your stand perimeter, please refer to Pillars & Wall Services for further information.



Fire exits and escape routes


Access to safety equipment and signage

  • Exit door lighting, fire signage and safety equipment signs must not be obstructed unless permission has been given by the event organisers and alternative arrangements made 
  • Stands must be set out in such a way that they do not interfere with access to any fire-fighting devices
  • If fire-fighting devices are located inside the stand perimeter, they must remain visible and accessible at all times
  • It is strictly forbidden to custom build cupboards or doors in front of venue firefighting equipment such as fire alarm buttons, fire hoses or fire extinguishers
  • It is possible to build cupboards or doors in front of firefighting equipment with the following conditions:

    • Fire hoses, fire extinguishers and alarm button must be easily accessible. Note that fire hoses are provided with a glass door that must be easily open and hose must be pull out of its cabinet
    • Fire hoses, fire extinguishers and alarm buttons must be properly signposted with normalized signs
    • Door must be easily open without any lock
Please refer to Pillars & Wall Services for further information.

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Capacity of exits

  • The number, capacity and distribution of exits must be sufficient to allow visitors safe access and egress to ensure effective means of escape in the event of an emergency 
  • The exits should be kept available and unobstructed at all times and should generally be arranged so that there are alternative escape routes from any point within the event
  • The capacity of exits is subject to the specifications under Spanish build regulations CTE (Código Técnico de la Edificación)

Emergency exit doors

All Emergency Exit Doors must comply with the following:

  • Doors must be non-lockable, for example with a anti panic push bar
  • Doors must have a system of easy and fast opening accessibility, on the side from which an evacuation would occur
  • Doors must open in the direction of the evacuation

Click here to see the emergency procedures of Fira Gran Via and click here to find out more about sliding doors and emergency exits.


Escape route

Stands over 150m2 require minimum two emergency exits on opposite sides of the stand on the ground level.  

Escape routes within a stands perimeter must comply with the following lengths and widths:

  • Stands up to 100m2 1m width minimum
  • Stands over 100m2 1.5m width minimum
  • The maximum length of an escape route on a stand is 15m until an open area is reached
  • Should the escape route be longer than 15m a 2m width minimum or an alternative escape route must be created, leading to the opposite side of the stand
  • If the above cannot be achieved due to the large size of the stand, the stand should be designed in such way to ensure the shortest possible escape route. All layouts must be checked individually by the stand plan inspection agencies and are subject to onsite inspection. Please read through the Stand Plan Submission section for further information

All emergency signs must be visible and illuminated at all times. As standard practice please review the area where the emergency sign is situated in order to decide if the sign can be photoluminiscent or if additional lights must be installed. For example:

Pholuminiscent = A sign which is automatically charged by surround lights, hall lights or a strong source of natural light. Additional lighting is not required

Illuminated = If a sign is located in a theatre, sufficient light to charge a pholuminiscencharge sigh will not be present therefore attendees will not be able to see a photuminiscent sign, Any areas which do not provide additional lights to charge the emergency sign, must use a sign with lights instead of a photoluminiscent sign

Spanish regulations state that all signs must always be visible even when there is a blackout. 

Please read through the Stand Plan Submission section for stands over 500m2.

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Fire resistance of load-bearing elements of double deck structures

Two Storey / double deck structures larger than 500m2 must provide evacuation calculations for the first floor following the Spanish building regulations (CTE).

If evacuation time is less than 2.5min (25m is considered less than 2.5min evacuation time):

  • The structure around emergency staircases (pillars and buttress) has to be treated for fire resistance
  • 50kg fire extinguishers have to be provided on the evacuation route
  • Emergency and evacuation assistants have to be placed in each emergency staircase

If evacuation time is more than 2.5min there are two options:

  • The entire structure of the upper level has to be treated for fire resistance, or
  • The number of emergency staircases is increased until evacuation time is reduced to be below 2.5min. Subsequently, the above rules apply for evacuation times less than 2.5min

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Material specifications

Please refer to the Material Specifications section, which can be found in the Stand Building Regulations Section for details of which materials can be used and how they are classified. Flammable materials may not be used for the construction or assembly of stands. The materials employed shall not contribute to the evolution of large volumes of smoke.

All materials used must meet the relevant Spanish build regulations (CTE), British, M or Euroclass standard.

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Smoke detectors

General

  • Ceiling structures are permitted providing the material specifications laid out this manual are observe. Test certificates should meet DIN 4102-B1 or its equivalent standards. Relevant certificates must be available for presentation upon request
  • Stands with enclosed ceilings, measuring up to 6m in height that do not allow the release of smoke, must have smoke detectors and a fire alarm system to CE certification, fitted
  • A minimum of one smoke detector for each 60m2 of enclosed ceiling is required, i.e. an enclosed ceiling of 100m2 requires minimum of two smoke detectors
  • In narrow aisles and covered spaces less than 3m wide, the minimum distance between detectors must be 15m
  • For stands with less than 100m2 enclosed space, independent, autonomous smoke detectors with integrated alarms are acceptable as long as they are certified CE norm

Please note: Conventional textile ceilings are classed as solid ceilings and will require smoke detectors.


General Exceptions
  • If the ceiling area to be covered is less than 40m2, the correspondent smoke detector can be avoided if the covered ceiling has at least 2 openings of 300mm x 300mm, on opposite corners of the room to be covered
  • Ceilings made from textile wire mesh are accepted without a smoke detector if they are fire resistant M0, M1 or M2 (Euroclass A, B or C) and have a minimum opening of 2mm x 4mm or 3mm x 3mm. Textile ceilings are to be one layer only and stretched horizontally
  • Ceilings made with a metal grid are accepted without a smoke detector, if they are fire resistant M0, M1 or M2 (Euroclass A, B or C) and have a minimum opening of 10mm x 10mm


Stands with more than 100m2 enclosed space or double decker stands
  • Stands with enclosed rooms under a second level (regardless of the m2) or with more than 100m2 enclosed space will require the following: 
    • A professional smoke detector system that meets the requirements of UNE 23007-14:2009 including 
    • Alarm buttons
    • Interconnected smoke detectors 
    • Control panel
    • Certified by an authorised and competent local supplier
    • At least one smoke detector per enclosed room
    • The smoke detector system must be connected with Fira’s Control Centre using a communication device which has to be hired from servifira
    • The smoke detector system requires a 24h power supply in order to operate correctly

It is recommended to contact servifira for a quote regarding installation by Fira’s official supplier of these systems. Below is a list of some of the requirements for such installations as an example:

  • Alarm buttons must be placed so that any person within these spaces should not have to move more than 25m in order to reach/press the alarm button. In places where it is expected that users may have limited mobility, the distance covered should be reduced. In general, the buttons should be set at a height between 1.2m and 1.6m from the floor
  • The sound of the fire alarm must have a minimum level of 65 dB (A) or 5 dB (A) above any other noise that will probably persist for a period of 30 seconds if this level is higher. The sound level should not exceed 120 dB (A) at any point where there is likely to be people
  • Please click here to see a diagram of how such smoke alarm systems should be installed

IMPORTANT

Westpoint is the venue’s recommended supplier for the installation of a fire alarm on the stand.

In the event of an alarm on the stand, the exhibitor is fully responsible in the first instance to investigate the reason for the alarm as well as notifying the Hall Manager or H&S Team onsite.  It is in the best interest of the exhibitor to allow Fira, the venue and Westpoint on to the stand as soon as possible to check the alarm. Failure to do so can delay any action required, the length of time the alarm sounds, disturbing visitors and neighbouring stands as well as the possible health & safety risk.   

If you are planning on installing a kitchen as part of your stand design, you must include a detailed layout indicating the exact location of any electrical equipment (ovens/kettles etc.) on your stand plan submission to allow this to be checked by the appointed Health & Safety Company.

If you wish to contract a smoke detector installation, please contact servfira for further information or call +34 932332000.



General Health & Safety Rules


Electrical safety and electrical equipment

  • The installation of electrical power onto stands and temporary seminar areas and facilities will be undertaken by the FIRA de Barcelona’s appointed electrical contractor. The nominated contractor will liaise with the exhibitor or contractor to ensure that the installation is verified as safe prior to it being energised
  • Details of the power supply available at FIRA de Barcelona and the detailed requirements for each stand type are listed in the power supply section. This information includes the voltages and the number of socket outlets which will normally be provided. The venue's and stand's power supplies will be protected by 30mA residual current and over current protection. In these circumstances, should you overload the supply or have dangerously faulty equipment, the local circuit breakers will cut the power to the stand automatically
  • Exhibitors requiring a larger power supply may arrange this with the venue at an additional cost, up to a maximum rating as specified in the Electrical Rules. Because of the obvious fire and electrical danger, the rating of the supply must not be exceeded 
  • Contractors working at the venue must ensure that all power tools in use are suitable for use with the local supply 
  • Exhibitors and contractors are required to provide their own extension leads and / or adaptors and are responsible for them being properly wired and electrically tested. All electrical equipment and extension leads used must have been subject to combined inspection and test by a qualified electrician, including insulation and earth bonding tests and must not be overloaded
  • Under no circumstances will we allow ‘daisy chaining’. The use of multi-way plug-in adaptors (4-way extensions) has proved to be a danger and potential source of fire. Trailing block type units are frequently joined together to form ‘daisy chains’ thus overloading circuits. Any ‘daisy chained’ units will be disconnected; removed and electrical power to your stand will not be connected or re-connected until the electrical contractor is satisfied that the installation is safe. The use of a multi-way plug-in adaptor is restricted to one unit per fixed socket outlet
  • Inspected equipment must be clearly labelled with inspection labels and a certificate of inspection must be available on the stand
  • Any electrical equipment on the stand must be in good condition with live conductors enclosed and inaccessible, and cables properly protected against damage. Where an electrical installation is being wired or installed on site by the exhibitor, such work must be undertaken by a qualified electrician in accordance with the electrical safety rules and local wiring codes. As detailed in the rules, the electrical installation of each stand will have to be tested and certified before the stand is energised and will be disconnected if it is not properly installed and safe
  • Any portable hand held electrical equipment used outdoors by contractors must be of double insulated standard and supplied from a circuit protected by a 30mA RCD
  • Exhibitors and contractors are not permitted to carry out work on the venue’s electrical installation without written permission by the venue
  • Electrical supplies to the stands must be isolated prior to dismantling
  • GSMA Ltd and Fira Barcelona and their agents reserve the right to remove or disconnect any electrical equipment which either appears defective or has inadequate evidence of electrical inspection
  • Please follow the current Regulation of Low Voltage (Reglamento Electrotécnico de Baja Tensión) published in the Royal Decree 842/2002 (Real Decreto 842/2002). Only Spanish regulation will be accepted
  • All clients' own fittings including displays and light boxes must be complete with all connectors fully enclosed and having an earth connection at every fitting
  • Flexible leads for static appliances must not exceed 2m
  • Stand switch-fuses must be accessible at all times
  • Appliances must have been tested by competent persons before energising. The person bringing the equipment into the hall is responsible for the test being carried out
  • Bare conductor catenary low voltage systems are not permitted
  • Electrical installations that do not comply with the Regulations will not be energised
  • The organisers reserve the right to disconnect the electrical supply to any installation that in our opinion or the opinion of the electrical contractor or the venue is dangerous or likely to cause annoyance to visitors or other exhibitors

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  • Isolation levels: 
    • Power supply main cable - The type of cable used in this segment shall be 0,6/1 kV isolation type
    • Stand Installation - Conductors to be used in the stand installation must be 0.6/1kV isolation level
    • Conductors of 450/750 V isolation level can be used with a rubber isolation (Type H07RN-F). For other isolations, please check tables 1 and 2 in electrical rules
  • Colour code to identify the phase conductors is: black, brown or grey. Blue is identified for neutral conductor ant the green / yellow for ground conductor
  • Minimum section of the conductors depending on the protection installed
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  • The ground conductor must be of the same section as the phase – neutral conductors until 16 mm2. From 16 mm2 on, it can be reduced by half
  • Metal structures, receptors and, in general, everything that has metal parts and that could become live if a fault occurred, shall be connected to the ground distribution
  • All lighting circuits and outlets of less than 32A shall be protected with 30 mA residual current circuit breaker (RCCB). All electrical equipment that is accessible to the public must be also protected with 30 mA RCCB
  • All circuits must be protected against overcurrents with omnipolar cut off (phase-neutral) in its origin
  • The Gran Via venue has the following electrical specifications: 
    • Working voltages: 230 V single-phase, 400X three-phase 
    • Frequency: 50Hz 
    • Maximum single-phase supply: 6.6 kW (32A). Electrical connections with a power greater than 6kW must be carried out the form of three-phase installations
    • Power factor for calculation: 0.85 
  • Each service chest contains: communications, electricity, data, water supply and waste, TV and FM. The technical details of each chest are as follows: 
    • III 400 V (CEE plug) 
    • From 16 to 63amp supply 
    • 2 Connections of compressed air per service chest, 1000 l/ min. 6.5 bar
    • 2 water supply connections per chest, half an inch, 4 bar, 32mm drainpipe

Glass - Glazing

  • All glazing and mirrors used in the construction of stands must consist of safety glass which is laminated. The use of annealed and tempered glass will not be accepted.  Any uninterrupted, large areas of clear glazing or mirrors must be indicated with warning stripes, dots, logos, etc

  • Overhead glazing shall be of wired or laminated glass, or be otherwise adequately protected from shattering. For further information about glass, please read through the Stand Building Regulations section.

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Personal protective equipment


Important: All exhibitors and contractors in the halls during build-up and dismantling must wear appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)


  • Access to the venue is prohibited without wearing a hard hat and a high visibility vest with the exception of the Sunday before the event
  • Flat shoes or pumps, heels of any kind, wedges, sandals, and flip-flops – are NOT suitable or permitted

Workers are responsible for ensuring that PPE is worn when issued and to cooperate with the organiser and the organiser’s appointed safety staff regarding health and safety.


IMPORTANT:
  • All areas within the venue are compulsory hard hat areas and high visibility reflective vests must be worn during build-up and dismantling
  • Reflective vest are to be in accordance with UNE 471: at all times.. HiVis items of dark colours are not permitted
  • HiVis items of dark colours are not permitted
  • It is obligatory to use a safety helmet and reflective vest (as well as safety boots and gloves) when loading and unloading lorries and other vehicles in the loading bays and in any other location in the venue
  • Safety helmets must be in accordance with UNE-EN 397. Additionally, a chin strap is required when working at heights

Hard hats and high visibility vest can be purchased on-site from 12 February in the South Entrance and from the 17 February in the North Entrance until Saturday 22 February. Hard hats are sold at 7€ and High Visibility Vests at 5€.


Other PPE 

  • Safety boots – preferably steel toe cap boots: when handling loads
  • Gloves: when handling loads
  • Safety goggles: in activities involving cutting and that otherwise pose a projection hazard
  • Safety harness: in any task done at a height of more than 2 meters that entails a risk of falling
  • Any other protective equipment stipulated in the activity's own risk assessment

This is not an exhaustive list of items and the duty of care to assess that the correct type of PPEs applied to a work situation shall be that of an employer/ exhibiting company during build up, show days and dismantling.


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Religious Exemptions

Spain does not provide a religious exemption to the UNE-EN 397 safety helmet regulation.
An individual may choose to wear a patka under the standard safety helmet.

GSMA will permit turban/dastaar-wearing Sikhs to enter Fira Gran Via during build-up without the standard safety helmet only if:

  1. The organisation requesting the individual’s entry provides their identification information so on-site staff may identify them;
  2. The individual’s employer* notifies GSMA at least seven (7) days prior to build-up, in writing, that the employer has permitted this particular employee a religious accommodation, including information on the way in which the proposed accommodation meets the requirements of UNE-EN 397; and
  3. The employee brings an alternative head covering which meets the requirements of UNE-EN 397, as pre-approved by GSMA in its sole discretion, to wear onsite

*Only the individual’s actual employer may permit the accommodation or request it from GSMA.

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Working at height

A person is working ‘at height’ if there is a possibility of their being injured from falling, even if they are working at or below ground level. Generally this means above 2m.

All reasonable steps should be taken to eliminate or minimise work at height. Working at height should be properly planned and supervised and the correct equipment selected. Additionally, the following guidelines must be followed:

  • No work is done at height if it is safe and practical to avoid it
  • All work at height takes account of conditions that could endanger safety such as high winds or slippery ground
  • Those working at height must be protected by a guardrailor equipped with a fall arrest harness (except when using a ladder)
  • Those involved in work at height are trained and competent
  • Equipment for work at height is appropriately inspected and free from safety defects
  • The risks from falling objects are properly controlled. Work platforms must have a toe board to prevent items falling
  • Access is controlled to prevent other persons working or walking beneath work at height
  • Persons working in the vicinity of high works must where a hard hat
  • Persons working at height on mobile elevated work platforms should wear head protection
  • Plans are in place for emergencies and rescue from height


Do you need guidance on how to plan your working at height? Please refer to the below documents from Stop the Drop.




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Double decks

If you are building a Double Decker stand you must plan for preventive safety measures for any work at height during planning stage. Not doing so may result in substantial delays or closure of stands. 

Employers and those in control of any work at height activity must make sure work is properly planned, supervised and carried out by competent people. This includes using the right type of equipment for working at height.

  • Always consider measures that protect everyone who is at risk (collective protection) before measures that protect only the individual (personal protection).
  • Collective protection is equipment that does not require the person working at height to act to be effective, for example a temporary guard rail or a net.
  • Personal protection is equipment that requires the individual to act to be effective. An example is putting on a safety harness correctly and connecting it, via an energy-absorbing lanyard, to a suitable anchor point


Working close to an unprotected edge will not be tolerated at any point. Free-walking on any structure is prohibited completely. All work conducted at height must be properly risk-assessed and suitable Personal Protective Equipment used. Upper levels must be properly guarded and where assessed as appropriate, fall-arrest PPE used continuously.


Please note that all double deck / two storey stands are also obliged to complete the Double Deck Method Statement form in order to highlight their planned control measures to prevent accidents when working at height. The form can be found in the Forms & Deadlines.

Please click here for guidance on how to plan your working at height.

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Work Access Equipment (Ladders, scaffold towers, scissor lifts)


When selecting equipment for work at height, you must:

  • Provide the most suitable equipment appropriate for the work
  • Ensure all the equipment comply with the European regulation
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for work equipment
  • Only use equipment on firm level ground
  • Ensure equipment for work at height is appropriately inspected
  • The risk of falling objects is properly controlled

Defective Equipment: the organiser reserves the right to require equipment deemed to be defective to be removed from the halls.


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Ladders

All ladders used must comply with the BS EN 131 (Industrial) standard and have been inspected as safe and compliant prior to arrival. These are usually labelled with a blue sticker – your ladder supplier will be able to give you more details. Any ladders found not to be conforming will be removed and disposed of without warning.

Ladders can be used when it is not practicable to use a working platform or the activity is low risk. Ladders must be used in accordance with manufacturer's instructions at all times. Additionally, the following guidelines must be followed:

Ladders must have ‘industrial’ rating (this type are more durable and resilient)Ladders for work over 4m are not permitted

  • Leaning ladders must be placed at the correct angle
  • Ladders should only be used on level ground and must be secure e.g. suitably tied or, as a last resort footed
  • The top treads or steps must not be used as a platform for work
  • Users should face the ladder at all times whilst climbing or dismounting
  • Stepladders should not be used sideways-on where sideways loads are applied
  • Only one person should climb or work from a ladder or a stepladder
  • Steps and ladders should be checked for suitability and defects each time they are used
  • Workers must wear a helmet to secure their safety


IMPORTANT: The use of portable ladders five metres or higher are prohibited. Any ladder of this kind will be removed. Repeated noncompliance with this regulation will result in construction activity being put on hold for a period of time as a penalty.


Please click here for a Do’s and Don’ts off ladder safety.

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Scaffold Towers

Before erecting the tower:

  • Check all the components are in good condition
  • Check wheels for effective rotation
  • Check brakes and locking devices work correctly
  • Before erecting a tower on a suspended floor, ensure the bearing capacity of the floor is sufficient for the planned load

Before use:

  • Ensure the tower is vertical and square
  • Towers must not be used unless the wheels are locked
  • Check that outriggers are set correctly and secured
  • Ensure the platform is fully boarded out and guard-rails and toe-boards are fitted if the working platform is over 2 metres high
  • The gap between toe-boards and mid guard-rails and between mid and top guard-rails must not exceed 470mm

Stability:

  • Never climb up the outside of a tower – use the stairway or ladder on the inside
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on base to height ratio
  • Hoist materials up from the inside of the tower
  • Don’t move the tower if people or materials are still on the platform. Don’t pull the tower along while standing on it
  • Towers must only be used on firm flat surfaces

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Work machinery and Woodcutting

All tools must be in good working condition and safe to use. The organiser reserves the right to prevent the use of any equipment which is unsafe.


  • Operatives must be competent to operate the equipment in use
  • Work equipment used in build-up and dismantling must bear the CE mark and be in a perfect state of use
  • Powered tools must not be left unattended whilst operating or connected to the power supply. All dangerous parts such as saw blades must be guarded
  • Protective devices must be used in the cutting areas and mobile elements

Operatives must were suitable personal protective equipment (PPE)


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Dust

  • Please ensure all relevant machinery that generates dust is used with a dust bag. All contractors operating machinery without a dust bag will receive a warning, if you continue to use machinery without a dust bag you will be requested to work outside the venue
  • Under no circumstances shall these be used inside the hall 48 hours before opening

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Noise

  • Tools which create unsafe levels of noise above 80dB(A) must not be used for long periods inside the halls. The organiser will monitor noise levels to ensure that the ambient noise levels do not exceed 80dB(A) for long periods


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Workplace Housekeeping

Effective housekeeping can eliminate many workplace hazards as well as ensuring safe work practises. Poor housekeeping creates hazards which can lead to various accidents such as slips, trips and falls which can easily be avoided.


Contractors must ensure:

  • Work areas are maintained in a neat and tidy fashion, to ensure a safe work environment
  • Halls and floors are kept free of slip and trip hazards
  • Waste materials are removed on a daily basis
  • Tools, equipment and materials are stored accordingly
  • Gangways and fire exits are kept clear at all times


Please note: From Thursday 20th February until the morning of show open, Fira Barcelona will be laying gangway carpet throughout the halls.

During this time, contractors must ensure the following:

  • All waste is removed at the end of each day
  • Gangways must be kept clear at all times. All materials, equipment and tools must be stored within the stand footprint.

    Please note that GSMA will not be responsible for any material left in the gangways