Preventing Event Hazards

Many work activities take place when you run an event, from venue setup to tear-down. Learn how to prevent common hazards associated with event management.

Before and after the event

Common hazards associated with venue setup and tear-down include fall from heights, chemical exposure, and cuts and stabs.

 

Fall from heights

Causes

  • Installing equipment (e.g. LED display) on truss frames
  • Climbing ladders to hang banners

Controls

  • Use stable work platforms e.g. mobile elevated work platform (MEWP), scaffold
  • Use fall prevention/ fall arrest systems

 

Chemical exposure

Causes

  • Using adhesives or paint when making displays and props

Controls

  • Ensure adequate ventilation on site
  • Wear respirators and chemical-resistant gloves

 

 

Cuts and stabs

Causes

  • Using sharp or wrong hand tools
  • Over-exerting when using blunt tool

Controls

  • Use the correct and proper tools for the job
  • Wear cut-resistant gloves when working

 

 

During the event

Common hazards encountered during the event include trips and falls, asphyxiation and loud noise.

 

 

Trips and falls

Causes

  • Electrical cables running around the stage
  • Low light condition in backstage area

Controls

  • Perform regular housekeeping
  • Ensure adequate natural or artificial lighting

 

 

Asphyxiation

Causes

  • Fogging of propellants to create atmospheric effects during performance

Controls

  • Provide adequate mechanical ventilation
  • Minimise fogging amount for desired effects

 

 

Loud noise

Causes

  • Working near speakers placed on and around the stage

Controls

  • Engage acoustic consultant to assess noise level
  • Wear earmuffs or ear plugs during work

 

 

For more information

Refer to the WSH Guidelines on Event Management.