by Matt Alderton | February 22, 2013
The Event Safety Alliance (ESA) has published an American edition of its guide to best practices in the event production industry, it announced this month.

The “Event Safety Guide,” also known as “The Purple Guide,” is a 33-chapter publication first published in 1999 and now widely used by organizers of live events in the United Kingdom. The U.S. version — subtitled “A Guide to Health, Safety and Welfare at Live Entertainment Events in the United States” — is currently in draft form and is available for public comment until Aug. 5, 2013.

“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,” ESA founder Jim Digby said last fall in a statement announcing the guide’s forthcoming publication. “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.”

In its first-draft form, the “Event Safety Guide” covers topics ranging from planning and management to venue and site design. It also covers emergency planning, communication and crowd control, and offers best practices for avoiding hazards such as fire, extreme weather and bomb threats.

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