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31 July 2007

PLASA takes lead on PAD Directive

PLASA is set to be a key player in the development and implementation of the fourth part of the Physical Agents Directive (Optical) which seeks to protect workers against the risks arising from artificial light.

The Directive will have a significant impact on the professional lighting sector and PLASA is keen to ensure that its members understand its implications and that their the interests are fully represented.

Ron Bonner of PLASA's Technical Resources Office is liaising with John O'Hagan of the Health Protection Agency (HPA) regarding the Directive’s introduction. PLASA is the first organisation in the UK to approach this Government agency to look at the impact of this Directive and, as such, has been invited to work in partnership with the HPA to develop systems and strategies which will see PLASA TRO assisting the Government - through the Health and Safety Executive and the Health and Safety Commission - in formulating the Regulations that will be used to implement the Directive into the UK in April 2010.

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.