Event Safety: 6 steps to organise a safer event or festival

Getting to grips with the health and safety issues at your event | taught by Jarno Stegeman

Course description

Working as a project manager for the International Centre for Crowd Management & Security Studies I have seen some 'interesting' approaches to health & safety regulations at events and festivals. From incomplete front of stage barriers to overflowing toilets and anything in between. I have worked at an event where an incompetent event management plan lead to audience members being hospitalised. As an event planner you need to avoid these kind of mistakes. After all, you are talking about the health, safety and well-being of your audience.

What is this workshop all about?

  • Over 30 lectures and several hours of content
  • Interviews with industry expert Joseph Pred (Burning Man, Insomniac, Glastonbury festival)
  • How you should approach health & safety aspects for your event
  • You will learn how to create a risk assessment and make them work
  • Throughout the workshop there are exercises to make it practical
  • Opportunity to chat 1-to-1 with your event tutor

The course Event Safety is for you if you are an (aspiring) event planner, an event manager, or an event organiser.

Your Event Safety workshop

At the end of this course you will have a better understanding of the following subjects:

  • Planning your event
  • Event site survey
  • Event site design
  • Creating risk assessments for your event
  • Medical support and first aid at events
  • The importance of signage
  • The well-being of your audience
  • Setting out communication channels
  • Your responsibility as an event planner

Throughout the workshop you will find exercises to make it practical. And of course you can contact me, your event tutor, if you have any questions. There are 33 bite sized lectures in this course. I have included documents such as the Event Safety Guide and the Guide To Safety At Sports Grounds.

What other students say

"Under Jarno’s guidance, I left university with both the highest grade obtainable and a vast amount of industry experience on my resume. Jarno is an inspirational tutor who anyone willing to learn the industry, will thrive under!" Stew Denny, Music Festival organiser

"Being taught by Jarno has been nothing but a privilege! He has profound and versatile industry knowledge and has been an inspiring tutor." Sarah Tschentscher, Festival & Events Officer

How much is this workshop?

It is FREE! Yes, you might have to read that twice.... it is FREE. Because I think a safe event is beneficial for everyone. This is a short course that will teach your the very basics of event safety.


1. Can I contact you if I have a question about the course content?

A. Absolutely! That's what a tutor is for. You can contact me via Jarno@eventtutor.com. My aim is to respond to your email as quick as possible.

2. Is this event safety workshop only useful if I want to plan a festival?

A. It is useful if you want to plan any type of event. The workshop covers a wide variety of subjects and will benefit any event planner. Truth be told though that if you are a wedding planner than this course might not be right for you.

3. I've seen other online courses that are more expensive. Why is this course so cheap?

A. I want to make sure the course is accessible to those who dream about organising their first event. I want to teach them what event planning entails. I do not want my students to be out of pocket.

Other workshops

I have created more workshops:

  • Event Marketing (also free)
  • Event Planning
  • Sustainable Event Management
  • Gay Wedding Planning

What are you waiting for?

Sign up today and you will learn how to plan, organise, and produce a safe event. Remember, it's FREE!

Welcome to The Event Tutor.

Jarno Stegeman
Jarno Stegeman
The Event Tutor

My name is Jarno Stegeman and I’m your Event Tutor. My career has spanned for over 15 years and has always been a combination of events and education. I have organised large scale festivals and live events, planned a wedding, and worked as a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education.

The Event Tutor

In February 2015 I started my own company providing online workshops in event planning. Almost 600 students from all over the world have signed up so far. I have developed and produced five workshops to date. My first e-book called Event Management: Your Environmental Plan got published in April 2015. I have also written e-books on Event Planning: Research at Music Festivals in North America and on Wedding Planning. I have created and delivered a one-day workshop in Sustainable Event Management in the Netherlands in 2016.

American Music Festivals Research

In 2015 I researched the sustainable initiatives at the festivals Lightning in a Bottle and Bonnaroo Music Festival. The aim of the study was to find out what audiences make of a festival’s sustainable initiatives. Over 400 festival fans participated in this study.

A Greener Festival

This not-for-profit organisation audited 50 music festivals world wide in 2014. I manage the award scheme in America and Canada, which includes auditing sustainable event management policies of festivals such as Bonnaroo, Beloved, Calgary Folk, and Northern Nights Music Festival. This involved training volunteers, administration, and auditing. This year we are auditing 3 festivals in America.

Dutch Kingsday Festival San Francisco

I have co-produced the annual family festival for the Dutch community in the Bay Area. I have introduced solar panel generators to the event to make the event more sustainable.

PechaKucha San Francisco

As part of a team I produced and promoted the events. We have worked with companies such as Eventbrite, and Airbnb.

San Francisco LGBT Pride

In 2013 I was responsible for the production of several events leading up to Pride weekend. In 2014 I supervised an economic impact study on behalf of Pride and the city of San Francisco. In 2015 I developed a demographic research survey.

Buckinghamshire New University

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of Music & Live Events Management. Developed the curriculum, course content and learning assessments for the event management course. Lectured Event Management, Sustainable Event Management, Event Business Strategy, and Business Economics and I supervised student dissertations. I instigated the set up of a student led festival called Bucks Live. Developed, created and delivered course content for the Event Management course at Post Graduate level on the MA Music Management.

International Centre for Crowd Management and Security Studies

Conducting research in the field of health and safety, welfare, and sustainable development at music events and festivals. My research at Exit festival in Serbia got published in the book “Case Studies in Crowd management, Security and Business Continuity”.

CliniClowns Netherlands: Safety Consultant

Created and developed a health and safety plan for their theatre tour aimed at Severe Multiple Handicapped children and their carers.

Entertainment Research Centre

Managed the Centre and developed new marketing strategies and more beneficial sponsoring-concepts for event agencies. Clients included SAIL Amsterdam, City of Velsen, and the city of Haarlem.

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Course Curriculum