Exhibition Organisers Launch Guide to Global Standards of Health and Safety

LONDON, 18th June 13

The g-Guide will be launched in its new format at ExCeL London, 20 June 2013. The guide represents a set of global standards for meeting and events which aim to safeguard the health and safety of any person working at, or visiting, an event or exhibition.

The guide is being sponsored by a coalition of prominent global exhibition, experiential and event organisers, including: Mayridge, Clarion Events, dmg::events, Reed Exhibitions, UBM plc, and X-Venture Global Risk Solutions.

As a result of the collaboration between the sponsor companies, the g-Guide is a unique directive that endeavours to raise standards of health and safety across the global market. In particular, the standard was developed to emphasise the production of a robust health and safety culture in developing economies.

The guide provides minimally acceptable safety standards while recognising that many countries may have higher standards which take precedence. Further, the G-guide is designed to raise awareness of the sustainable business culture emerging in the exhibition and meeting industries.

With this guide, event professionals will now have a common basic set of standards, applicable at any venue, for planning events. These guidelines cover the main areas of health and safety risk and ask that advice should be sought on areas not covered. The g-Guide is a culmination of four years of work drawing on the collective experience of senior operations staff from the sponsor companies and some key contractors.

Contractors and venues that support the guide accept the principles outlined as the basis of a service level agreement with the event organiser. Specialist advice on the content was provided by X-Venture Global Risk Solutions who specialises in event safety management.

The adoption of the g-Guide will represent a better understanding between the venue and the organiser. Additionally, since the sponsor companies represent a significant share of the organiser market, there is a clear commercial incentive for venues and contractors to positively engage with this initiative. Several of the major leading venues and contractors have already signed up as g-Guide supporters to confirm their commitment to the aims of the guide and higher standards of health and safety generally.

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endorsed by:

Clarion Events CloserStill dmg events Farnborough International ITE Reed Exhibitions UBM Live X Venture
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