MUTA publishes new code of practice for marquee users

A new version of the MUTAmarq code of practice has been published, outlining the fact that users of marquees and other fabric structures are no longer required to meet construction regulations.

MUTA has said that although marquees and similar structures are exempt from the Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations 2007, they could still face enforcement as temporary structures at entertainment events are included in the scope of the regulations.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has now agreed that CDM Regulations are not a useful regulatory framework for the entertainments industry and will now only require event organisers and contractors using temporary demountable structures to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act and its subsidiary regulations.

This policy is outlined in Safe Use and Operation of Temporary Demountable Fabric Structures, the code of industry best practice published by MUTA, the trade association representing manufacturers, suppliers and hirers of temporary fabric structures.

The new guidance, which can be downloaded from the MUTA website, contains the following changes:

  • A new statement of support from the HSE
  • Confirmation of CDM requirements
  • Clarification of anchorage guidance
  • Recommendation of a wind monitoring plan
  • Clarification of responsibility for locating underground services
  • Pollution prevention and spillage control
  • Minor changes to text for clarity
  • Updated references