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It’s time for another edition of Tuesday Tips for Planning Safe Events!

Today’s tip is to delegate a strong leader for your event who possesses the 4 C’s of safe event planning leadership: competence, control, cooperation and communication.

A safe event requires a leader who is competent, can maintain control, is willing to cooperate, and has excellent communication skills. Here is why these qualities are important for the success of your event:

Competence

A competent leader is someone who will have the experience and knowledge necessary to plan and execute your event safely. This individual should have a clear understanding of the objectives of your event, the people and tools required to achieve these objectives, and how these objectives can be met in a way that is safe for everyone involved. A competent leader will also know when something is unsafe and have the authority, if necessary, to close the event or any part of it at any time.

When choosing a competent leader, look for someone who:

  • Is responsible
  • Has strong organization skills
  • Has previous experience leading similar types of events
  • Understands the safety hazards associated with your event and the precautions necessary for overcoming them
  • Will be available on site at all times

Control

A strong leader must be able to exercise and maintain control of the event. A good candidate is someone who can stay on top of things and be able to monitor the event for early indications of potential problems. Your leader should be aware of their responsibility to handle incidents and should be able to direct people to the resources they need when dealing with problems that arise.

When choosing a leader who can maintain control, look for someone who:

  • Knows how to delegate roles and responsibilities effectively
  • Works well under pressure
  • Is resourceful and able to make timely decisions
  • Can stay calm and collected when problems/incidents arise

Cooperation

Although your leader should be someone who will take charge, a strong leader must also have the ability to cooperate and work well as part of a team.  Planning a safe and effective event will require participation from a variety of people and your leader should be able to cooperate with these people and take their ideas, concerns, and suggestions seriously.

When choosing a leader who is willing to cooperate, look for someone who:

  • Is approachable
  • Interacts well with others
  • Is willing to listen to what other people have to say
  • Trusts those who have been hired to do their job effectively

Communication

Strong communication skills are important for any good leader. In order to plan and execute an event safely, a leader should be someone who is well-spoken and able to explain what they need done in a way that is clear and easy to understand.

When choosing a leader with excellent communication skills, look for someone who:

  • Is not afraid to speak in front of crowds
  • Can articulate their thoughts and ideas clearly
  • Understands the importance of ensuring staff and volunteers are kept up to date and aware of what is going on
  • Is willing and able to communicate effectively about problems and incidents that arise

Keep in mind that if the staff/volunteers at your event are from diverse backgrounds, it may be necessary to have a leader who is fluent in multiple languages so that communication is clear for everyone.

Remember that a safe event requires a leader who has the skills, capacity, experience and knowledge needed to keep everyone involved safe. By selecting a leader who displays the 4 C’s of safe event planning leadership, you can be confident that your event will be planned and executed with everyone’s safety in mind.

 

 

 

Tuesday April 7th is National Family Caregiver Day in Canada. In celebrating this day, the Canadian Caregiver Coalition is hosting an online education forum on April 7th from 9:30am-4:30pm EST.

The forum will feature recognized leaders in the field who will share strategies and tools through a series of podcasts and supported by a live tweet chat. Feature speakers include the Honourable Alice Wong- Minister of State (Seniors), the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the Vanier Institute, Dr. Allison Williams and representatives from caregiver support programs across the country.

For more information on speaker times and how to log-in check out the CCC website www.ccc-ccan.ca on Friday March 27th.

It’s Tuesday and that means another edition of Tuesday Tips for Planning Safe Events!

Today’s tip is to provide a hands-on, interactive orientation/training session for all of your event staff/volunteers

To ensure that your event runs smoothly and safely, it is important to know that your staff/volunteers are properly trained on their duties and responsibilities prior to the event taking place. By inviting your staff/volunteers to participate in an interactive training and orientation program, you can ensure that they are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to safely plan and lead your event.

Here are some suggestions for developing a strong training/orientation session:

  • Share with your staff/volunteers as much as possible about your organization and its mission, services, etc.
  • If possible, do a walk-through of the event so that your staff/volunteers will have a realistic idea of what to expect and how best to fulfill their duties/responsibilities
  • Use multimedia (pictures, videos, slideshows, etc.) throughout the training program to display safety measures and injury prevention techniques, etc. These tools will help your volunteers/staff to visualize what you are teaching them.
  • If the event has been held before, use the prior year’s reports to educate and inform your staff/volunteers—you may even have previous staff/volunteers share their stories/experiences with the group
  • Allow for engagement and activity by creating “What if…” scenarios and having the staff/volunteers brainstorm their ideas on how to appropriately handle the given situation. Compare and critique these ideas as a group and offer suggestions for improvement.
  • Allow the opportunity for staff/volunteers to ask questions and provide feedback on the information you are giving them
  • Provide staff with information on who they should notify in case of an accident or emergency. One idea is to have an Event Medical team on site so that help is nearby and your staff/volunteers know who to contact for immediate assistance.

When planning any orientation or training, it is important to consider the question, “What would someone need to know to feel comfortable and competent in carrying out this position?” The answer to that question should lead you to the final design of your training program. Remember that the more prepared your staff and volunteers are, the safer your event will be.

When planning an event there can be an overwhelming number of factors to consider. Amidst deciding on a number of details such as theme, food, entertainment, music, etc., it’s important that you also plan for the safe execution of your event so that it remains a positive experience for everyone involved. This means being prepared for any circumstances that may arise which could put any of your staff, volunteers, or guests in danger.

To help keep your event safe, we’ve put together the top three reasons why you should hire an event medical company for your next event:

       1. No matter the size or activity, every event has risk, and medical emergencies can happen at any moment

When you are hosting an event, you need to understand the risks associated with your event and have plans in place for dealing with incidents if they do occur. For example, your event might include novice participants who are more likely to injure themselves, or advanced participants that may be attempting more dangerous activities with increased likeliness for serious trauma. Regardless of the event you are hosting, you will want to have professionally trained and certified paramedics on-site to be able to handle emergencies prior to 911 responders arriving on scene. This is especially helpful if your event is taking place in a remote location, far from the nearest hospital.

     2. It sets your event apart from others

Events with professional event medical services that are visible and easy to access make participants feel safe. Demonstrating superior attention to the safety of your attendees and staff will highlight your events’ calibre of professionalism and set it apart from other events. With trained and certified medical professionals on-site, participants will recognize the considerable effort put into maintaining their safety, and your event will be seen as reputable and trustworthy.

      3.You will have peace of mind knowing that your liability is reduced

As the event organizer, you are likely responsible for any incidents that occur, whether planned or accidental, during the duration of your event. Putting on events can be high risk and high liability. When it comes to big risk factors such as unpredictability of weather or handling a potential unforeseen accident, you want professionals by your side to help. When you hire an event medical team, like Spectrum Event Medical Services, they will work with you to identify hazards and create a plan to address those hazards should an incident occur, all with the goal of reducing your risk and liability.

Even the most creative event with fantastic décor, high quality entertainment, and a very successful turnout, can be subject to an emergency. To be certain that your event is a success, hire an event medical company to keep everyone’s safety assured. Remember that when it comes to safety, you can never be too prepared!

Planning a safe event requires a great deal of consideration and preparation. We are excited to introduce a new series on our blog today called “Tuesday Tips for Planning Safe Events.” This series will provide readers with helpful tips and guidelines for organizing events safely.

Today’s tip is identifying risks that may be associated with your event.

Regardless of how likely or unlikely a risk may seem, in order to be prepared and able to ensure safety at your event, you must be aware of any incidents that may occur.

Before the day of your event use this checklist to identify risks that may be associated with your event:

  • Create a list of the attractions and activities that make up your event, identifying all the possible hazards that could occur as a result
  • Consider whether the personnel at your event have the appropriate training necessary for the type of activities that will be taking place (Do you have safety/first aid personnel?)
  • Make note of any materials, structures, or machinery that will add risk to your event (For example, think of ladders, cables/wires, water features, etc.)
  • Remember that weather can be unpredictable, and be sure to take note of any incidents that could occur as a result of dangerous weather, especially if your event is to be held outdoors
  • Consider the approximate number of people expected at your event and any risks associated with that size of crowd
  • Consider the number of older people, people with disabilities, and children that you expect at your event, identifying any unique risks that may be heightened by those groups of people
  • Assess the location of your event and identify any risks associated with that particular area (Look at factors such as crime rates in the neighbourhood, history of violence in the area, distance to nearest hospital, etc.).

Remember that identifying all potential risks is key to organizing a safe event. Be diligent when determining the incidents you need to be prepared for in order to make sure you’ve considered every possible risk. It would likely be helpful to have someone double check your list of potential hazards as well in order to ensure that you haven’t overlooked anything. Hiring an event medical team or event specialist who is knowledgeable in event safety would be a great place to start, as they will be able to help identify risks and offer suggestions for overcoming them.  Don’t forget that the only way to truly be prepared for an emergency is to know in advance what could potentially transpire.

With the first week of 2015 almost over, we thought we’d take a moment to reflect on some of the amazing events we had the privilege of covering in 2014. From Pepsi pop-ups, to the TIFF street festival and sizzling summer music festivals, Spectrum EMS' paramedics had a year full of exciting events that often drew large crowds of all ages. While no two events are the same and can’t really be compared, we certainly can say that 2014 included one of the most unique events Spectrum EMS has covered thus far and has become one of our favourite events of 2014.

To launch its new on-demand video streaming service, CraveTVTM, Bell Media kicked off a massive promotional campaign with an attempt to break the Guinness World Records® mark for the Longest Marathon Watching TV. Spectrum EMS was onsite to ensure the wellbeing of the participants whose goal was to watch TV for 91 hours straight! Check out this video from our friends at Bell Media and Crave TV for highlights of the event. You’ll event spot some of our Spectrum EMS employees!

 

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