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IAAPA Safety Institute

Date:   Monday 25 September 2017
Time:   12:00 - 18:30
Fee:   € 75,00 (IAAPA-Members)
    € 90,00 (Non-Members)
 Location:     Berlin Messe Exhibition Center - Funkturm Lounge

Event Description

The Institute presents the latest information on safety standards and demystifies the norms. This all-day seminar will also address developing a strong safety culture with your team with a focus on operational perspectives; risk assessment while opening a new ride, and risk mitigation in your attraction, along with an in-depth discussion on developing safety data collection and reporting.  

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12:00 – 13:00 | Welcome Lunch

13:00 – 13:15 | The Importance of Safety in our Industry and in the Europe, Middle East and Africa Region (Jim Saey & Paul Chatelot)

13:15 – 14:15 | Demystifying the Norms (Har Kupers & Gianni Chiari)

14:15 – 15:05 | Safety Culture (Paul Chatelot, Pierre-Camille Buffard & Achim Stoss)

15:05 – 15:35 | Developing a Daily Ride and Attraction Inspection Program (David Bromilow)

15:35 – 16:00 | Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:00 | The Smiler Incident - Consequences, Causes & Controls (Marcus Brian & Philipp Geering)

17:00 – 17:20 | Behavioral and Procedural Issues (Alex Payne)

17:20 – 17:50 | Safety Reporting and Safety Data Collection (Alan Love)

17:50 – 18:00 | Closing Remarks (Jim Saey & Paul Chatelot)

Some of the session's speakers include

Jim Seay

Jim Seay, CEO, Premier Rides Inc., United States

Jim Seay is chair of the IAAPA Global Safety Committee and is a member and immediate past chair of ASTM Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices. The committee develops and refines ride safety standards that are used globally. He has promoted the use, application, harmonization, and adoption of ASTM amusement standards around the world, and has testified before the U.S. Congress about industry safety.

Seay’s background gives him a unique perspective. A Cornell University graduate, he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering and completed graduate studies at California State University Long Beach. He was an aerospace engineer at Hughes Aircraft and then an engineering and maintenance executive at Six Flags Theme Parks Inc., before joining Premier Rides Inc. in 1995 as executive vice president of engineering. He was named president of the company the following year.

Additionally, Seay serves on the IAAPA Foundation Board of Directors, and is a member of the AIMS International Board, the Themed Entertainment Association, the National Safety Council, and several regional attractions associations. He also serves on a number of philanthropic boards, including the Living Classrooms Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland.  

paul chatelot

Paul Chatelot, Director, Prevention, Safety and Environment, Disneyland Paris, France

Paul is leading prevention programs throughout the Guests’ experience and the Environmental management. He also has the responsibility of the Crisis Management System. Paul joined Disneyland ® Paris in 1990 after 12 years of industrial experience in different areas such as Quality Assurance Manager for ARIANE’s Operations and launch pad facilities at Kourou, Guyana. He was an Engineer in the equipment of several aerospace programs and motorsport F1 teams. Paul holds an engineering degree from the Higher School of Aerospace Techniques and Automotive Construction.


Har Kupers, COO, Vekoma Rides, Netherlands

Har Kupers started his career as structural engineer and specialized in dynamic loaded steel structures . This is what lead him into the design of roller coasters at Vekoma where he started in 1989 . So working for already 28 years in the amusement industry , mainly in the design and manufacturing of  roller coasters and other amusement rides  at Vekoma Rides. Vekoma jobs : project engineer , engineering manager and now since 10 years as C.O.O.

In the meantime also last 15  years serving on different standardization committees for Amusement Rides such as ASTM F24,  CEN TC152 (EN 13814) and ISO TC254. Also working on the harmonization of these standards and proud member of the IAAPA EMEA and Global Safety Committee.


Gianni Chiari

Gianni Chiari, Technical secretary, EAASI & Owner, Technical Services, Italy

Gianni is a European expert on Standardisation and Harmonisation in Safety and Accessibility for Amusement Parks, Rides and Attractions. He shares his experience worldwide and has helped facilities to improve their safety procedures. Gianni is the technical Secretary of ANCASVI, the first European Association of builders created in the 1980s. He has been a member since 1988 of various boards, such as the UNI Safety Commission, European Standardisation Committee, technical Committee 152, Working Group UNI GL 14, ISO/TC 254 and ASTM Committee F24.


Philipp Geering, Owner, Geering Engineering, Switzerland

Philipp started working in the Amusement Industry in 1996 as a Project Engineer with Intamin designing and commissioning ride control systems for freefall towers and coasters. After 5 years, he joined the Rockwell Automation engineering team developing ride control systems for different ride manufacturers and assisting Rockwell Automation launching their new Safety-PLC`s and Safety Networks. In 2007 he established his own enterprise Geering Engineering GmbH, working with parks and ride manufacturers world-wide on ride control system design as well as risk assessments.

Philipp got his certification as a CFSE (certified functional safety expert) back in 2001 with TUV Süd. He is a member of the following standardization technical committees; ASTM F24.24 (F2291), CEN/TC152 (EN13814) & ISO/TC254 (ISO17842). At CEN and ISO he acts as the project leader on all electrical equipment and control system matters.

Pierre-Camille Buffard

Pierre-Camille Buffard, CEO, Buffard Entertainment, France

Pierre-Camille is CEO at Buffard Entertainment and director of operations at Get Out! Escape Rooms. Former firefighter, he has worked at Disneyland Paris, Parc Avenue and Indoor Parcs France. Pierre-Camille recently developed some branded indoor theme parks in France. He's currently involved in several themed entertainment developments over Europe and the Middle East, as well as a safety consultant. Pierre-Camille has a mixed educational background in graphism and fire safety, and is a regular attendee of IAAPA educational events.


david bromilow

David Bromilow, Director Parks and Attractions, Mobaro, Denmark & United Kingdom

David Bromilow combines 37 years of experience within the leisure, sports and entertainment sectors.  He is well regarded as technical expert and consultant, with global expertise in operations, engineering / maintenance, risk management and occupational health & safety. From Lloyd’s to Drayton Manor Park, Pleasure Beach to Magic Harbour, David spread his knowledge, working worldwide. He has been Instructor and Risk Control Manager. David delivers risk management seminars, health and safety workshops on principles and procedures.


Marcus Brian, Head of health, safety & security, Merlin Entertainments, United Kingdom

Marcus Brian has more than 18 years of safety experience in the theme park industry prior to which he worked for  nine years with a H&S regulatory body within the UK. He joined Alton Towers as the Head of Safety in 1999. Following the Merlin takeover of the Tussauds Group in 2007 he was promoted to the role of Group H&S Manager overseeing safety across the 12 theme parks within the Merlin portfolio before moving into the new role of HSS Director (Standards and Assurance) within the Merlin Corporate HSS team in 2016. Marcus has a BSC (Hons) degree in Chemistry, a post graduate Diploma in H&S Management and is a Corporate Member of the UK’s Institute of Occupational Safety & Health. He also sits on various industry safety forums including IAAPA, BALPPA, ADSC, CEN etc.


Alex Payne, Technical Director, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, United Kingdom

Alex Payne is Technical Director at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, heavily involved in delivering many high-profile projects and installations. He has been involved in the development of the UK's ADIPS scheme and Working Groups associated with it. Alex is one of the founder members of the UK's Amusement Device Safety Council, working alongside the national Regulatory Body, the HSE. He is a member of the IAAPA European Safety Committee and represents BALPPA in various capacities, including the Safety Committee, ISO and EN drafting/revisions groups, and producing the national industry safety guidance HSG 175.


Alan Love, Director, Choice Insight Limited, United Kindom

Alan Love set up Choice Insight Ltd to undertake market research in leisure & culture, travel & tourism five years ago.  IAAPA has been a major client since 2012, with the European Ride Safety Report and other studies.  When Alan’s career started in 1975, that office contained slide rules and a telex machine, and men wore suits and ties to work every day.  Alan’s first visit to Disneyland Paris was in suit and tie and carrying a brief-case, following a meeting with their market research team.  Alan’s first leisure client was Madame Tussaud’s (in the days when Merlin was still only King Arthur’s wizard).  Alan’s most recent leisure clients at Choice Insight are London’s Winter Wonderland, and the Watercress Line, a preserved steam railway 60km from London.

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