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Dallas, TX, June 8, 2020 – The Exhibition Services and Contractors Association (ESCA) has released a white paper titled Health & Safety Guidance for the Exhibitions Industry.  This document intends to provide information to service contractors and partners regarding producing an exhibition during a pandemic.

ESCA is proud to have contributed to the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), collaborated with many experts within the industry, and utilized information provided by experts in the scientific community.

An exhibition requires significant collaboration between Show Organizers, Venues, Exhibitors, Contractors, Labor, Experiential Designers and Producers, and many more. The focus of this white paper is the work covered by our membership segment and its partners. Larry Arnaudet, ESCA Executive Director, comments, “In looking back over my 50+ years in this industry, it is evident that the unity of all segments of the industry and its diverse workforce is of utmost importance, not only today but in the years ahead. ESCA’s Health and Safety Guidance for the Exhibitions Industry embodies our strong support for unity among all segments and is ever mindful of the potential health hazards that we encounter in our industry.”

ESCA member experts came together to form the Health and Safety Committee and create this white paper. Neil McMullin, ESCA President, commented, “To put out meaningful guidance that will be supported and championed by each of our member organizations and stakeholders has always been a critical objective that is only achievable with a unified approach. I’m proud to say that true to form, ESCA members have answered that call. We are well-prepared to produce and host events where the safety and health of all involved is our top priority. We have taken into account each action and phase of the event production process. Our health and safety committee, representing a wide range of our membership, has embraced the kind of collaboration and cooperation needed right now to show real leadership as we move toward recovery.”

One key priority in creating this document was industry consistency. Kevin McLaughlin, United Brotherhood of Carpenters International Representative for the Trade Show Industry comments, “These Health and Safety Guidelines are vital, not only for the safety of exhibitors and attendees but also for the hard-working men and women who install and dismantle events. Having consistent guidelines put into practice by all show organizers and contractors is essential to creating a productive and safe environment for all those associated with the trade show industry.“

Specific Areas Covered Include:
  • Overall Guidelines for Health & Safety Physical Distancing.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Health Monitoring & Hygiene
  • Trade Show Layout
  • Cleaning & Disinfecting Warehousing/Marshaling/Freight Handling
  • Floor Coverings
  • Staff & Labor
  • Equipment.
  • Exhibitor Move-In/Out
  • Exhibitor Order Processing
  • Communication & Education

Download The Health & Safety Guidance for the Exhibitions Industry here.

About ESCA – Since 1970, ESCA has provided a unified voice for service contractors and their partners in the exhibition industry. Currently, ESCA has more than 175 member companies throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom and maintains alliances with IAEE, IAVM, EDPA and SISO to promote the exhibition industry. ESCA is dedicated to the advancement of the exhibition, meeting, and special events industries. Through education, information exchange, and level of professionalism shared by members and their customers, ESCA promotes cooperation among all areas of the exhibition industry.
Larry Arnaudet

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As the number of reported cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rise, employers are increasingly confronted with the possibility of an outbreak in the workplace. Employers are obligated to maintain a safe and healthy work environment for their employees, but are also subject to a number of legal requirements protecting workers. For example, employers must comply with the legal obligations and be aware of best practices in their approach to dealing with COVID-19
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The ESCA Experience – August 5, 2018

The Winter Awards Celebration and Reception is just around the corner. This year we have spiced it up a bit… we simply had no choice. When you are in a city as full of life , heart, soul, culture as New Orleans it’s hard not to get a bit carried away. From the music spilling down the streets like a wave, to food that takes your taste buds on an unrivaled adventure, to the architectural paradise that inspires; this city can’t help but to steal a bit of your heart and touch your soul. View Article

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The ESCA Experience – May 11, 2018

Are you Registered for the Summer Conference?! If not, what are you waiting for? We are just about a month away, and this year promises to be spectacular! We will be in beautiful Carlsbad, California at the fabulous Omni La Costa Resort and Spa. Our festivities begin on Sunday, June 24th with a stunning sunset, poolside, reception to welcome all of our attendees. Monday through Wednesday brings us exceptional educational opportunities with some sought after speakers (further detailed on page 8-9). Monday afternoon commences with the UPS Freight ESCA Golf Tournament at the Omni La Costa. There are 36 spectacular holes of golf with over two championship courses. Golf not for you? We got you covered. Our amazing Cort Non-golfer event will be awaiting you. Monday evening after dinner join us for cocktails and dessert at the Edge Pool Terrace. Tuesday afternoon after a day of sessions also holds some amazing activities! You can join us for the Octanorm Deep Sea fishing outing. Climb aboard a chartered boat and test your luck with the seas. The crew aboard will be fixing an amazing lunch to ensure that you can focus on reeling in the big catch! Not a fisherman? Join us for the AFR Kayaking adventure. We will be going to the seaside village of La Jolla. You can spend the afternoon between relaxing on the beach and the park and exploring the waters via kayak. Join us for some after dinner drinks and sweets Tuesday night at the Edge Pool Terrace. Wednesday our event closes with the elegant closing reception, awards, and silent auction. We have a closing entertainer sure to bring the house down… View Article

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The ESCA Experience – March 1, 2018

Getting Ready for Carlsbad

It’s that time of year! We are hard at working getting ready for the upcoming ESCA Summer Educational Cnference. This year’s amazing event will be located in beautiful Carlsbad, California at the fabulous Omni La Costa Resort and Spa. Our festivities begin on Sunday, June 24th with a stunning sunset, poolside, reception to welcome all of our attendees. Monday through Wednesday brings us exceptional educational opportunities with some sought after speakers (further details on page 8-9)… View Article

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