EEAA pilots WH&S program to support return of business events

The Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has launched a pilot program to provide risk and safety training and consultancy services via Beaspoke Safety.

The pilot program is the next step in the EEAA’s risk and safety management efforts, following the release of the Safe Operating Framework in 2020, a national guide for organisers and suppliers ensuring the COVIDSafe operation of exhibitions and events.

EEAA chief executive Claudia Sagripanti said: “This sector is one of the most highly regulated with an impressive safety record and a commitment to maintaining safe work practices, particularly for organisers, contractors and venues in building exhibitions.

“The EEAA is continually revising its risk and safety management program in light of legislation and COVIDSafe practices, and continues to invest in ongoing education and professional development to further promote safety within the industry.

“We are delighted to launch this pilot in 2021 with Beaspoke Safety for the provision of WH&S services to EEAA members at a preferential rate, and to maintain the focus on safety and risk management.”

Paul Elliott (pictured above), chair of the EEAA’s risk and safety sub-committee, and NSW manager for Harry the Hirer, added: “After a thorough search for potential companies that can offer specific WHS services to our members, Beaspoke Safety is the only company that truly knows and works in our industry.

“Especially as we emerge from COVID, this is an essential service for our members. I’m confident that Beaspoke Safety has both the expertise and personalised approach to assist our members with their return to traditional business events.”

Beaspoke Safety’s director and principal consultant, Bea Tomlin, said she looked forward to working with the EEAA’s members.

“As a consultancy that is focused on assisting the events and exhibition industry, we understand the importance of delivering creative experiences to and for attendees and clients, whilst ensuring safety and compliance,” she said.

“We are not just about creating a set of documents that sit on a shelf gathering dust, we create true and real documentation that represents an organisation’s work practices that are workable and achievable.

“Our ultimate goal is for the individual land the team to develop a risk mindset, so it becomes part of the everyday process of the business.”