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Vacancy: Safety Officer

17 May 2024

Club News

Vacancy: Safety Officer

17 May 2024

We’ve got a new opportunity for an organised and responsible individual to become our new Safety Officer at The SO Legal Stadium.




POST:                            SAFETY OFFICER.




HOURS:                        PART-TIME (12-15 HOURS A WEEK)


RESPONSIBLE TO:       Chief Operating Officer

Primary Role:

To ensure, as far as reasonably possible, the safety of everyone attending events at The SO Legal Stadium in accordance with the General Safety Certificate terms and conditions within the remit of the Club and the Club Spectator Safety Policy. The post holder shall have no other duties on a match day, other than those involved in the execution of the role of Safety Officer.

Position in the Organisation:

The post holder will be a senior member of staff at the Club, responsible to the Chief Operating Officer for establishing suitable systems and controls for the reasonable safety and security of spectators attending events at The SO Legal Stadium.

Responsibilities - General:

  • Assume responsibilities on behalf of the Board of Directors for the relevant provisions of the General Safety Certificate issued by Westmorland and Furness County Council to Barrow AFC.


  • Continually reviews all stewarding at The SO Legal Stadium and make appropriate recommendations to the General Secretary for corporate consideration.


  • Assume responsibility for the provision of training and assessment for all stewards employed at the Club.


  • Act as the representative of the Club in regular consultation with senior members of Westmorland and Furness County Council, The Football Licensing Authority, Cumbria Police, and the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and Ambulance Services on matters associated with the safety of spectators.


  • Represent the Club at all Safety Advisory Group meetings arranged by Westmorland and Furness County Council.


  • Act as the Club Liaison Officer with Westmorland and Furness County Council and the Emergency Services in the event of any unforeseen incident, which affects the Stadium or spectator safety, ensuring that the COO is kept fully informed of any developments.


  • Evaluate the performance of the Deputy Safety Officer, Chief Steward, Steward Supervisors and Stewards and initiate any action that may be required.


  • Coordinate, monitor, and advise the Club senior management upon all spectator safety matters affecting the Stadium.


  • Monitor stewarding levels on a match day to ensure effective and equitable distribution of staff as required by the General Safety Certificate.


  • Liaise with the COO on any new legislation and safety-related advice affecting the Club and arrange for implementation.


  • Maintain a close liaison with the local Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service Fire Prevention Officer regarding fire safety at the Stadium and ensure the fire safety instructions are adhered to. Fire drills and inspections will be in accordance with the Fire Officer’s recommendations.


  • Be aware of the requirements of all safety at sports grounds legislation, the Green Guide and other advisory documents, the General Safety Certificate and ensure compliance.


  • Assume control on behalf of the Club on match days for spectator safety acting in full cooperation with Cumbria Police if present at the Stadium.


  • Assume responsibility on behalf of the Club for the Statement of Intent agreed between the Club and Cumbria


  • Ensure all relevant terms and conditions of the General Safety Certificate within the remit of the Club are fully complied with. In the event of any non-compliance for any reason, the Safety Officer will inform the

COO and Westmorland and Furness County Council as soon as practicable.


24 hours before each Event:     


 Ensure that:


  • any defects reported at the previous fixture have been rectified.


  • ALL safety management systems are functioning correctly and action is taken to rectify any faults found.


  • by means of a physical inspection of the ground that there are no hazards to spectators.


  • the results of the foregoing are recorded.



Before each Event:


  1. Arrange for inspections of the Stadium to ensure:


  • there are no stored combustible or hazardous materials that could present a danger to spectators.


  • that there are no materials that could be used as missiles.


  • that all ingress and egress routes within the Stadium are clear of obstructions and that the surface does not present a hazard to spectators.


  • that all exit gates are unobstructed.


  • that all gates open easily and that any drop bolts or securing devices prescribed in the General Safety Certificate are functioning correctly.


  • that copies of the Ground Regulations are displayed at all entrances to the ground.


  • that all exit and directional signs are in place, are in a reasonable condition, and are illuminated (if appropriate).


  • that the computerised spectator counting system and monitors are fully operational and that, in the event of a malfunction, there is a manual counting system that can be immediately introduced.


  1. Ensure that the following equipment/systems are tested and where

           any faults are rectified:


  • the public address system.


  • CCTV system.


  • control room.


  • steward radio system.


  • loud hailers.


  • temporary lighting.


  • fire fighting equipment.


  1. Ensure:


  • that procedures are in force for identifying the sections of the ground to which spectators may be admitted and sufficient turnstiles are open and manned to accommodate the expected number of spectators.


  • that there are sufficient competent stewards available, together with sufficient supervisors, positioned as prescribed in the General Safety Certificate.


  • that strategic gates are identified and staffed by stewards before spectators are admitted to the ground.


  • that sufficient competent stewards are in a position to monitor and prevent overcrowding of spectators in any areas within the stadium.


  • that all stewards are fully briefed, having written instructions of their duties and what is expected of them during the event (the briefing should include details of the anticipated number of supporters expected to attend the match, together with an indication of any possible conflict that may arise between home and away supporters).


  • that sufficient competent stewards are provided and positioned to effect a safe and orderly evacuation of spectators in the event of an emergency.


  • that all staff know the location of the Stadium Control Room, who is in charge of safety on the day and the lines of communication with the Control Room.
  1. Ensure: 
  • that the medical support personnel as required by the General Safety Certificate are available.


  • that the first aid rooms, equipment, and materials are in accordance with the provisions of the General Safety Certificate.

During each Event:          

The Safety Officer or an appointed Deputy shall be in attendance at the Stadium Control Room. The sole duty of that person during the course of the event shall be that of safety.

After each Event:

  • Arrange for all litter, combustible waste, or other materials to be cleared from the stadium.


  • Arrange an inspection of the Stadium to ensure it is free from damage that might be of potential hazard and as appropriate ensure that action is taken to rectify any faults found.


  • Liaise with the emergency services to ensure any lessons from the event are considered for future fixtures.


 Check the stewarding arrangements to ensure that there are sufficient competent stewards available and that they have, or will, all receive the appropriate training and assessment.


Liaise with the Stadium Manager on the annual inspection of the stadium and the annual tests/inspections as required by the General Safety Certificate.

Contingency Plans: 

  • In association with Westmorland and Furness County Council and the Emergency Services, produce plans to cover various contingencies up to and including the evacuation of the stadium or any part of it. These plans should not be confused with the Emergency Services emergency plan for the stadium. In drafting the stadium plans due regard will be given to the Contingency Planning guidance issued by the Football Licensing Authority.


  • Participate in any Exercises to test the effectiveness of the Contingency Plans as required by the General Safety Certificate.


  • In conjunction with Westmorland and Furness County Council and the Emergency Services review the contingency plans before the start of each season and immediately following any alteration to the Stadium, changes in the Club operating procedures, or following any incident which affects spectator safety or the normal operation of the stadium.

Training and Assessment:

Ensure that all stewards who are on duty for matches receive training by the Training Package for Stewarding at Football

Ground published by the Football Authorities. They shall also be assessed to Level 2 NVQ in Spectator Control.


  • Ensure the maintenance of records of all relevant event safety tests/inspections within the remit of the Club and training and assessments as required by the General Safety Certificate.


  • All such records shall be kept at the Stadium and be available for inspection by any duly authorized person such as Westmorland and Furness County Council and the Football Licensing Authority.


Equality and Diversity 

Barrow AFC is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment and its employment policies for recruitment, selection, training, development, and promotion are designed to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, ethnic and national origin, disability, or gender reassignment. 

The employee must ensure a positive commitment towards equality and diversity by treating others fairly and not committing any form of direct or indirect discrimination, victimisation, or harassment of any description and to promote positive working relationships. 

Barrow AFC is an equal opportunities employer. 

Safer Recruitment 

At Barrow AFC, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and adults at risk and expect all staff and volunteers to endorse this commitment. The successful applicant will be required to undertake appropriate safeguarding checks as well as provide proof of right to work in the UK. 

To apply please email with a CV and cover letter.

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