Buildaburger Conference 25 March 2014 – risk assessments, emergency call-outs & disaster management

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It’s a dangerous world out there, and walking into an unknown situation requires a professional presence of mind that only comes with years of experience, preparation and improvisational skill.

An hour before the event was due to start, I got a call asking me to support the AV at a conference in a familiar venue but with no other information.

If you will indulge me, I have many years of event production and experience with audio-visual equipment. However, on this occasion I was going into a completely unknown situation with a head full of questions.

Are they serving breakfast? Will there be a mid-morning break? If so, will there be pastries or biscuits? What time is lunch and will that just be finger food or a proper meal?

I had had no breakfast when I received the call, so decided to grab something from the cupboard in case there was nothing to scrounge on-site.

Hence the pictured combination, which would not normally constitute my first meal of the day. A banana is a pretty safe bet and a good source of slow release energy as well as high in potassium. But that is not going to last all day. And what about those balti peanuts? It’s a major dilemma, relying so heavily upon an untested spicy snack from Poundland (they cost £1). Could I really survive the privations of a mid-priced hotel for an undisclosed period on these randomly grasped foods?

Regular readers will know that hotel and/or conference food can be both expensive and variable in quality.

Anyway, you might be relieved to know that disaster was averted and this is the lunch I got at the client’s expense. A whole breast of roasted chicken, salmon in a creamy sauce, mushroom risotto and seasonal vegetables.

photo (8)Regular readers will be aware how I favour a hot meal, and for once I had a dessert, although this was a major folly as it prompted and uncontrolled drift into light sleep although at no cost to the delivery of the event.

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But what about those balti peanuts? Well, they remain fasciculus intacta, but I am reassured they are low-risk having studied their list of ingredients.

photo (6)All risks assessed, managed and dispatched. Phew!

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