- by Frank Hammel
LOS ANGELES — The Event Safety Alliance (ESA) has solidified plans to move forward with publishing an Americanized version of the widely-used U.K. guide of best practices in the event production industry, The Event Safety Guide - also known as The Purple Guide.
More details from the Event Safety Alliance (www.eventsafetyalliance.org):
First published in the UK in 1999, The Event Safety Guide is a 33-chapter event production primer covering best practices for event production safety. The chapters include everything from planning/management to specific topics such as electrical installation, sanitation, structures and 30 other key elements for safe event production at every style and size event.
Event Safety Alliance spokesperson, Jim Digby stated, "This is a collaborative effort by some of the best minds in the industry lending their expertise in the specific areas of event production safety they are most qualified in. This collaboration will provide event professionals with a reference guide that is more than a starting point to find solutions to common problems in attendee safety" Digby is one of the founders of the organization and has testified before legislatures in regards to event safety procedures.
Although there is strong leadership at the ESA, the group maintains that “YOU ARE THE EVENT SAFETY ALLIANCE, and that input is needed through the website from all industry professionals
John Brown, another founder of the Event Safety Alliance went on to say, "The Event Safety Guide brings together information needed by event organizers, their contractors and employees to help them prioritize safety in all aspects of event production."
The Event Safety Alliance will be conducting meetings and seminars at this year's Event Live Expo to be held in Los Angeles, February 5 - 7 on the Event Deck at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Seminar topics will be announced shortly.
Jim Digby states, "It is our hope to have the project completed by the Event Live Expo. However, this could be a project that comes in installments." To help expedite the project, the ESA has enlisted Timeless Communications, Corp of Las Vegas to spearhead the production and editing of the book.
For more updates on this project and other activities of the Event Safety Alliance please visit their web site at: http://www.eventsafetyalliance.org/
Event Safety Alliance Leadership
Steven A. Adelman Attorney Adelman Law Group, PLLC
Ken Barber Chief Mechanical Design Engineer Clair Brothers Audio
Matt Bettenhausen Vice President AEG Worldwide
Keith Bohn Custom Projects Director TOMCAT USA
John Brown CEO Brown United Staging
Lyle Centola Production Manager
James Chippendale Doodson Insurance Brokerage
Benny Collins Production Manager
John Conk Production Manager
Jim Digby Production Manager
Mary Lou Figley Vice President Stageco US
Tim Franklin Structural Engineer Theta Consulting
Brian Haas Vistalogix
Harold Hansen Director Life Safety and Security IAVM/AVSS
Charlie Hernandez Production Director
Hadden Hippsley Production Manager
Kent Jorgensen Safety and Training IATSE
Ken Keberle Event Safety Specialist
Steve Lemon Production Manager
Dave Lester Training Manager Clair Global
Steve MacFadyen Production Manager Pollstar
Tim Roberts Director Event Safety Shop
Stuart Ross Red Light Management
Alan Rowe Safety and Training Director IATSE Local 728
Karl Ruling Technical Standards Manager PLASA
Roger Sandau CEO Doodson Insurance Brokerage
Ron Stern Production Manager
Mike Tierney Senior Director Venue Operations Pepsi Center
David VandenHeuvel Senior Vice President Enterprise Solutions Weather Decision Technologies/Weather Ops