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27 July 2009

PLASA promote series of one day courses on 'Understanding BS 8901:2009'

PLASA is working in partnership with SEG to provide a series of one-day courses 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.

Members attending the new Understanding BS 8901:2009 seminars will gain an understanding of key sustainability and environmental management concepts, such as issue identification and evaluation, legal requirements, designing stakeholder engagement programmes and setting objectives and targets.

The course structure incorporates interactive group work, discussions and presentations. An expert instructor, directly involved in the current revision of the standard, provides a detailed overview of the emerging BS 8900 series relating to all aspects of sustainable development, events and the certification / registration process.

The one-day seminars will be of interest to members planning to tender for 2012 Olympic contracts; senior executives in event, media and communications management considering the adoption of either ISO 14001 or BS 8901; those with limited or no experience with BS 8901 or sustainability management systems for events; Corporate Sustainability or CSR managers; procurement professionals and those with responsibility for planning and delivering corporate events.

After attending the course, members will understand the importance/benefits of a management system to improve the sustainability of events, and also have a clear idea of where the standard fits into the 2012 Olympic strategy.

Course Dates

The five one-day courses run on the following dates at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) in London.

Tuesday 4 August 2009
Tuesday 25 August 2009
Tuesday 1 September 2009
Wednesday 23rd September 2009
Tuesday 6th October 2009

PLASA Members can attend for the special rate of £261 (normal price £290).

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.