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How Venue Safety Plans (VSPs) Mitigate Your Risks

Thursday, 2 August 2012

How Venue Safety Plans (VSPs) Mitigate Your Risks

The requirement of a Venue Safety Plan (VSP) for Clubs within this legislation is to address the likelihood of and management of alcohol related incidents. A VSP identifies the types of effective measures that can reduce the potential for incidents on, or in the vicinity of the Club premises and protect patron safety. 

The Benefits of a Venue Safety Plan 

A comprehensive VSP demonstrates to the relevant authorities, Club members and guests that a Club has a commitment and definite policies governing liquor, security and venue transport to address any safety concerns that may have been an issue in the past. Where a Club is already free of special license conditions it will ensure that the Club remains free of such conditions into the future. If your club has already successfully reduced the number of assaults on premise, it is in an ideal position to outline how the venue will continue to address any ongoing concerns.

 What will a VSP Entail? 

All clubs as individual venues will have differing safety priorities depending on their level of patronage, layout and locality. The VSP will need to detail the specific measures your Club takes in alcohol service and promotion, security, transport and targeting specific trouble spots within the club. It will need to express existing measures and new steps that the Club plans to instigate. Typically a consultant will visit your Club and speak with one of your Management Team to determine the current venue safety issues. The consultant will then provide a report and recommending appropriate VSP inclusions to ensure that you are compliant.

Learn more about Barringtons Risk Management Services here.

Blayne Webb, Director, Barringtons

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