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1st Edition

Risk and Hazard Management for Festivals and Events

ISBN 9781138678392
Published September 18, 2017 by Routledge
336 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Events of all types are produced every day for all manner of purposes, attracting all sorts of people. To provide a safe and secure setting in which people gather is imperative. Event risk and hazard management must be fully integrated into all event plans and throughout the event management process.

Hazard management is the planning process required for the effective management of potential adverse incidents and areas of uncertainty. It involves intensive, detailed planning and cooperation to apply control systems to minimise hazards associated with venues, outdoor sites, work procedures, facilities, equipment and crowds of spectators. It involves planning for emergencies and security, and compliance with legal constraints and requirements.

Risk and Hazard Management for Festivals and Events provides students with a comprehensive, fully integrated planning and management mechanism that can be applied to events of all types and size. The Event Safety Management System provides guidelines and processes for proactive methods to identify, assess and control hazardous conditions and practices. The system incorporates design of festival venues and sites, and unites the operational functions of crowd control, communications, security, terrorism prevention processes and emergency response protocols.    

Explanation of the causes of crowd disasters and studies into crowd behaviour are supported with international case studies. Written in an accessible, practical way, this book is essential reading for all events students and event managers.

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1. Event Hazard and Risk Management: Regulations and Legislation

Chapter 2. Event Safety Management System (ESMS)

Chapter 3. Understanding Crowd Disasters

Chapter 4. Crowd Management Planning

Chapter 5. Space and Flow in Public Areas

Chapter 6. Safe Site Design

Chapter 7. Site Management: Production and Operational Work Practice Hazards

Chapter 8. Food, Alcohol and Drugs

Chapter 9. Security and Law Enforcement On Site

Chapter 10. Counter Terrorism Protective Security

Chapter 11. Emergency Response

Chapter 12. Incident Reporting and Investigation

Appendix: Case Studies


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Peter Wynn-Moylan is a Lecturer on Special Events and Conventions Management at the School of Business and Tourism, Southern Cross University, Australia. He has had a 40-year career in event management covering all aspects of the industry.


This book is an immensely readable and highly practical guide to the increasingly important topic of event hazard and risk management. It contains a wealth of information and ideas, protocols and policies, seamlessly combining theory and best practice. It will be an invaluable guide for event practitioners and an excellent overview of the subject for events management students and academics.

Tony Rogers, Managing Director, Tony Rogers Conference & Event Services, United Kingdom


This is an excellent book.  The author writes in a clear and precise style. He touches on numerous areas that must be of importance for anyone doing event risk management.  The book covers a wide range of topics from terrorism to crime, from suicide attacks to protecting open spaces.  I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in this field. It is an asset to both the practitioner and to the scholar.

Peter Tarlow, President and Founder, Tourism & More, United States of America