Latest News

Back to Latest News back


ENTECH Safety Summit backs rules for events safety

ENTECH Safety Summit backs rules for events safety
July 19, 2012

The National Stage and Events OH&S Summit at this week's ENTECH convention has heard how a set of national safety rules for event safety might be developed, while also considering wider safety and training issues.

Backed by Live Performance Australia, CX magazine and ENTECH owners NTF, the Summit was held to discuss safety issues relating to theatre and live events.

A show of hands at the Summit agreed to creation of a working party, to be steered by Live Performance Australia, to decide whether to pursue a Code of Practice or a set of Guidelines

Addressing the Summit, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) Workplace Health Safety & Compensation Manager Carolyn Davies explained the differences between Code of Practice or a set of Guidelines and the implications of such rules.

Davies suggested that, if developed, a Code of Practice would be used in conjunction with the model Workplace Health and Safety legislation and would be admissible in court proceedings under the model WHS Act and Regulations.

Davies added developing a Code of Practice might be difficult to achieve and would require Governments to "sign off" on the document.

By contrast, Davies suggested that model Guidelines would be usable in conjunction with the model WHS Act and Regulations and are admissible in court proceedings under the model WHS Act and Regulations. Guidelines, Davies suggested, would be easier to achieve.

Discussions surrounding the guidelines followed a session, 'Anatomy of a Stage Disaster' that considered the collapse of the stage roof at the Indiana (USA) State Fair in August 2011, stage collapse, that killed seven people and injured over 40.

Led by CX's Julius Grafton, the session dissected 2,000 pages of extensive engineering and site logistic analysis of the Indiana disaster.

In open forum, industry safety expert Roderick van Gelder, Risk Manager for Stage Safety Pty Ltd, advised of this week's establishment of the Event Safety Alliance Australia (details to follow).

Melbournes first sound and light convention in a decade, ENTECH CONNECT was held at the Melbourne Park Function Centre on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th July.

The event also featured exhibits by leading suppliers of lighting, staging, vision and audio equipment along with a full program of seminars and training events.

ENTECH 2013 will be held from 23rd to 25th July at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.

For more information go to

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Jonas Leisure

JonasLeisure offers a complete range of leading leisure and recreation software brands – envibe, Centaman, Gladstone Health & Leisure, The Retention People, Nutrition Complete and…

read more

Aquatics / Billing / Fitness / Recreation / Sport


Otium Planning Group

Otium Planning Group is a contemporary sport and leisure consultancy providing services in planning, facility development, management and funding for the sport, recreation and leisure industries…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues



Established in 1994, Ceramic Solutions has excelled at the supply and installation of swimming pool tiles and equipment for the pool and leisure industry, with a focus on the needs of end-users. …

read more

Aquatics / Design / Surfaces / Venues



As of 2018, TicketServ operates as SeatGeek Asia Pacific Pty Limited, part of international ticketing platform SeatGeek. Click here to contact SeatGeek Asia Pacific via their entry in…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Events / Sport / Ticketing



PulseTec Solutions is a leading provider of software systems and solutions to the health and fitness industry for more than a decade. Our key products and services include ClientConnect studio and…

read more

Access / Fitness / Marketing / Technology / Venues



HQH Fitness is an international company that specialises in improving the health, fitness and wellness of people everywhere. We are the South Pacific distributors for Total Gym/GRAVITY Education and…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Technology / Wellness



revolutioniseSPORT is the emerging market leader in online club management in Australia. Whether it is memberships, registrations, events, online sales or governance tools - revolutioniseSPORT is the…

read more

Recreation / Sport / Technology



Solar Pool Heating & Swimming Pool Covers since 1974. Sunbather offer an Australian made product which undergoes continual development to enable you to trust in the Sunbather brand. We deliver a…

read more

Aquatics / Venues


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business