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17 August 2009

Implementing BS 8901:2009 - PLASA launches new two-day course

Everybody wants to increase the sustainability of their events, but it's not always clear what this looks like on a practical level. PLASA is therefore working in partnership with the Sustainable Events Group to deliver a two-day Implementing BS 8901:2009 course, designed to provide PLASA Members with the expertise that will enable them to design, install and maintain a management system that not only meets the requirements of the standard, but delivers measureable benefits from day one.

The course takes the complex concepts that underpin the standard and turns them into practical, common sense solutions that can be used to improve management practice. Expert instructors, directly involved in the revision of the standard, the development of certification and experienced in sustainability management system implementation, provide a detailed skills transfer during this two day non-residential course.

The course structure incorporates interactive group work, discussions and presentations, while supporting tools and templates are available for attendees to take away. The course includes an in-depth examination of what is required for any external certification/registration process.

The course is aimed at -

  • Individuals and project managers directly involved in the support or implementation of BS 8901.
  • Managers at all levels involved in Environmental, Health & Safety, or quality systems.
  • Senior executives in event, media and communications management considering the adoption of BS 8901 directly or working with clients who are doing so (including 2012 Olympic contracts).
  • Corporate Sustainability or CSR Managers, procurement professionals and those with responsibility for planning and delivering corporate events.

Those attending the course will understand the detailed requirements of the BS 8901:2009 standard, and the relationship between it and ISO 14001:2004 (environmental management), ISO 9000:2008 (quality management) and BS OHSAS 18001:2007 (Health & Safety management). Attendees will also learn the project management requirements for a BS 8901 Implementation project, including resource and timescale calculations, relationship to events and ongoing requirements, as well as practical steps for monitoring and measuring outputs at events, together with knowledge of auditing practice, objective evidence and the emerging certification process.

The courses will run in September, October and November in London at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health at 15 Hatfields, SE1 8DJ. The cost for the two-day course is £750 per delegate (this is an exclusive price for PLASA Members) and comprehensive course and reference materials will be provided.

The course is part of a strand of PLASA BS 8901-related courses including a one-day 'Understanding' course designed to provide members with a working knowledge of the concept of sustainability, the updated version of BS 8901 and their relation to event management. Attendance at this one-day course will be essential to get the full value from the implementation workshops.

For further details visit the PLASA website -

Notes to Editors:

PLASA is the lead professional body for businesses that supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. Operating from offices in Europe and North America, the Association provides business support services to its growing worldwide membership, writes industry standards, leads the development of qualifications and focuses on improving the business practices adopted by the industry. With over 1100 members worldwide, it represents one of the largest member networks in the industry.

PLASA also runs successful media and events divisions and is responsible for the industry-leading magazines Lighting&Sound International, Lighting&Sound America and Protocol and the PLASA Show in London, together with the European and North American regional PLASA Focus events.