Events Council Blog

The guide to safety, security and risk management

May 25, 2018

Given the increase in threats to public safety around the globe, the idea of event safety and security has become a paramount concern for our industry. Recent tragedies like the Las Vegas shooting in 2017 and natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey have event planners worldwide finding an increased need to become more proactive in mitigating risk before, during and after their events.

Through it all, events professionals must continue to assess risk management methods and best practices. In the events industry, risk management is known as the ongoing process of assessing the risks that may threaten attendees, the meeting or event itself, the organiser, or partner-suppliers, and applying the appropriate measures to manage the probability and consequences of such risks.

The Events Industry Council regularly publishes and commissions resources that help events professionals grow and excel in their careers. In the spirit of learning and growing professionally, we cannot wait to share the Safety, Security and Risk Management Guidebook with our members in June. This workbook focuses on serious emergencies, crises or disasters that may threaten life, health, property or financial viability of a meeting, business or organisation. It applies to situations like natural disasters, political unrest, assault on persons, building collapses and power outages or similar major occurrences. The guidebook focuses on serious emergencies and does not cover minor inconveniences akin to having the bulb on a projector go out during a session.

The Events Industry Council believes resources like this guidebook can help event professionals feel confident that their teams are ready to handle any kind of emergency or crises that may arise.

The guidebook will be available for download next month for industry leaders to share with their staffs.