Underscoring the need to make event safety training available to the widest possible audience of live event professionals, the Event Safety Alliance (ESA) today announced that core safety skills training was now available online through an alliance with DC3 Education, a division of Full Sail University. Information and registration can be found here.
Called Event Safety Access Training (ESAT), the self-paced, seven-module curriculum is available to Event Safety Alliance members for $180 and for $225 for non-members. Special pricing for groups larger than ten learners is also available, according to Event Safety Alliance Chairman Jim Digby. “Safety skills credentials such as the United Kingdom’s Safety Passport are rapidly becoming a requirement for event workers around the globe,” Digby said today. “In some countries workers may be restricted from performing their duties without such a credential, and event leaders are being held accountable for demonstrating compliance with safety-related training for all those in their duty of care.
“While there is currently no equivalent regulation in the United States,” he continued, “it is becoming increasingly clear that the insurance industry and governments alike support such a program to aid in verifying the professionalism of individuals and organizations.”
According to Digby, because the Event Safety Alliance is committed to enhancing safety competencies for live event professionals, the association has created Event Safety Access Training (ESAT). “ESAT is an online entry-level safety awareness training program and competency credential created specifically for those working in an event environment," he said. "By providing standardized core safety training, ESAT helps improve the way our industry does business and demonstrates an individual or employer commitment to safe work practices.”
Everyone who completes the training will receive a course completion certificate and card demonstrating their commitment to safety through the ESAT program and will be automatically registered in the Event Safety Alliance database of safety-committed professionals. The course curriculum includes:
1. Health and Safety Concepts
2. Safety Roles and Responsibilities
3. Health & Safety Regulations
4. Personal Protective Equipment
5. Event Health Hazards and Controls
6. Event Injury Hazards and Controls
7. Event Operational Hazards and Controls
The ESAT program was designed in partnership with the training experts at DC3 Education, a learning company designed by Full Sail University that offers engaging, high-quality courses in media, entertainment, and technology education. ESAT’s text and video content was created and edited by ESA’s global experts in the many fields that must coordinate to safely create live events. ESAT is an interactive online training program that can be completed as the student’s schedule allows (up to 30 days). Necessary take-aways are reinforced with quizzes, and there is a comprehensive exam after the last chapter to ensure that the worker understands what they have been taught.
Commenting on the launch of the online ESAT courses, leading entertainment industry insurance solutions provider Take1 Insurance Executive Vice President and Program Director Scott Carroll noted that, “Carriers fully endorse and support staff training of all kinds for all industries, including the live event production industry. Effective training is a means to mitigate potential loss and training focused on live event safety is particularly important in today’s challenging times, where live events are subjected to threats from everything from faulty equipment to weather to unforeseen acts of violence.
“Professionals who commit to completing the ESAT program should be rewarded for doing so,” Carroll continued, “and Take1 will explore ways to do so.”