Meeting Professionals International (MPI) announced today during its 2018 World Education Congress (WEC18) it will publish “The Essential Guide to Safety and Security: Best Practices for Meeting and Event Planning 2018” by the end of June 2018. In addition, the association will develop education, research reports and case studies based on the guide’s recommended practices, with launch plans slated for later this year and in 2019.
The new guide includes nearly 400 best practices to help meeting and event planners identify vulnerabilities, mitigate risks and protect critical assets, and is designed to serve as a reference tool for developing safety and security plans and procedures. It covers a variety of topics from handling unattended packages and safely managing crowds to recovering from a vehicular attack and securing event data. All the best practices were evaluated by leading industry experts, who provided feedback on their technical accuracy, relevancy and feasibility.
“Duty of care for attendees is an important responsibility of planners, and as the largest industry association focused on the development of event professionals, MPI is working to provide the best education and tools to assist meeting planners and event organizers elevate their capabilities around duty of care,” said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI. “Our new safety and security best practices guide is the first of its kind for our industry. We believe it will become a critical resource and plan to review, refine and update the best practices every year so that the guide remains timely and relevant.”
Following is a sampling from the guide.
The development of this guide is part of the association’s effort to increase safety, security and risk management education and resources for MPI members and the industry. In June 2017, MPI announced its collaboration with the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi to develop educational programming and resources. The first program developed was the MPI Academy’s Emergency Preparedness for Meetings and Events Certificate Course, which debuted at WEC 2017.
The association also shared that it was working with NCS4 on a five-year, pan-industry initiative to create the first global gold standards for meeting and event planning safety and security, and the first step entailed hosting its inaugural Risk Management Conclave during the MPI Thought Leaders Summit in October 2017. During the conclave, best practices were discussed and collected for the new guide.
“The MPI best practices guide is intended to assist event management teams, in conjunction with public safety agencies, in developing, implementing, and improving their safety and security plans and procedures,” explained Louis Marciani, executive director of NCS4.
For more information and to access MPI’s “The Essential Guide to Safety and Security: Best Practices for Meeting and Event Planning 2018,” visit MPI.org/safety-and-security. The guide is complimentary for all MPI members, and non-members can purchase it for $49.
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