Episode 5: Health and safety paramount – in any event

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Episode 5: Health and safety paramount – in any event

Our host Mark Felstead kicks off the first episode of the New Year in the company of Olaf Jastrob, (pictured) one of Germany’s leading experts in Health and Safety (including hygienic measures) for event venues and cultural establishments

We will learn, in an episode packed full of sage advice:

  • In the case of a worst case scenario e.g. a fire hazard, act of terrorism, Super Spreader attending an event, who is actually liable for the considerable damages that may be caused?
  • The importance of having a documented ‘Risk Assessment’ and ’hygiene Concept’ for every event – and the consequences you risk when you don’t!
  • The importance of having a qualified Hygiene Marshal on site
  • That not all hand disinfectants are the same
  • About new career opportunities appearing in the events sector.

Olaf Jastrob has spent over 30 years in the industry and is today one of the most sought after consultant and trainers on the subject of health and safety for events.

He talks about the importance of having a water-tight hygiene concept and risk-analysis for every event and the possible consequences of having a so-called Super Spreader event, something that will become increasingly top of mind when we recommence events after Covid.


The episode also examines the important question of who is actually liable between the various parties involved in the organising and carrying out of events. Olaf makes it very clear that should a worst case or disaster scenario take place during an event, the consequent financial and legal penalties can be huge.

Also, we learn about some of the proper measures venues, hotels and restaurants can take to help neutralise Covid and how important having someone in the role of Hygienic Marshal will be in the future to check and police events for ‘Covid Conformality’ and the training courses available for this – which could become a real career chance with the events job market being squeezed, to say the least.

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