MRL’s safety team expanded its training role significantly in 2009. As well as participating in various courses and conferences as visiting speakers, MRL has started to deliver bespoke training to the events industry.
The year started with a visit by Jools Bentley and Luke Carr (from Sevens7) to Shanghai. The assignment was to deliver training in best practice and safety to Loop, a promotional agency, working with major European brands throughout China.
Jools said: “It was a great experience to get the perspective of guys working in the same industry on the other side of the world, in a totally different environment. We were able to convey the ideas and values of a risk assessment-based planning process, not just to eliminate physical risks, but brand risks as well”.
The trip to China was closely followed by 2 bespoke seminar days on basic event safety awareness, delivered to the Royal Parks. The Royal Parks host dozens of events a year, from small scale flower shows to huge events like Hyde Park Calling. “We tried to give the Parks staff some pointers as to what they should be looking for and what they should expect from event organisers and other agencies in their role as venue managers or, sometimes, licensees”, said Jools. “We covered subjects ranging from event infrastructure to multi-agency cooperation, and we had a really constructive couple of days”.
On another front, Nigel and John delivered a First Aid at Work course to Show and Event Security, to help them to equip their staff for the role they undertake at events. “It was a very successful course”, said Nigel. “All 24 participants passed and received their HSE-approved First Aid at Work qualification. It will be good to see the guys on the circuit and to see how these skills have been useful to them”. MRL can provide training in First Aid at Work, Manual Handling, and Fire Safety, as well as producing bespoke event safety awareness courses for your organisation. For further information, please contact one of the team.