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ESA holds safety summit to address event risk

The Event Safety Alliance announced the inaugural Event Safety Summit, a four-day symposium and hands-on workshop designed to increase awareness of the safety risks at events and how to address those risks more effectively Dec. 2-5 in Lilitz, Penn.

Everyone has a role to play in putting on a safe event. However, the ultimate responsibility for ensuring both workers and guests make it home at the end of the night lies squarely on the shoulders of an event’s leadership, both legally and dutifully.

Despite this obligation, the event industry has so far lacked a comprehensive safety training program tailored to the specific needs of those working in leadership positions.

Who should attend the summit? People with significant authority for making reasonable safety decisions at live events, and those who could be held responsible if something goes wrong – including production managers, tour managers, stage managers, event producers and vendor crew chiefs.

Classroom instruction will be led by subject matter experts who will engage participants in discussions tailored specifically to the live event industry. Topics will include:

•    Planning for severe weather events
•    Creating a unified incident command system
•    The elements of an event safety plan and procedure
•    Event Safety Access Training
•    Legal issues and the standard of care
•    Partnering with public safety officials
•    Working effectively with your insurer

Registration cost per participant will be $1,750, which includes instruction, materials, food and local transportation. Participants will be responsible for lodging and airport transportation costs. ESA will provide registrants with preferred hotel and transportation options.

As event industry leaders, ESA feels it is imperative to learn and implement safe practices, and teach others to do the same. Because those who fail to learn the lessons of the past are doomed to repeat them.

Space for this first session is limited.

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