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IAAPA Safety Institutes Provide Professionals with Up-to-Date Safety Information

IAAPA Safety Institutes in Canada and Argentina Provide Attractions Industry Professionals with Up-to-Date Safety Information

(Alexandria, VA, USA) The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) is committed to the promotion of safe attractions operations around the world. The association produces safety-related programs across the globe throughout the year to ensure its members are up to date on current safety practices, regulations, standards, and more. More than 125 attractions industry professionals from seven countries attended the most recent IAAPA Safety Institutes held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on April 18, and Edmonton, Canada, on April 19.

Leading safety experts presented best practices on safety standards, event emergency management, attraction design and creating a culture of safety, operator training, risk management, and incident investigation. The institute in Buenos Aires was held in conjunction with the International Seminar for the Entertainment Industry High Management at the IAE Business School, and featured presentations by three safety experts including John T. Riggleman, director, global standards & procedures, Universal Parks and Resorts, Jerry A. Loudon, vice president, Universal Parks & Resorts, and Michael Mehlhorn, general manager, technical services international development, Universal Parks & Resorts. The Edmonton institute, the first IAAPA Safety Institute to take place in Western Canada, was held at the West Edmonton Mall and attendees heard from Jerry Aldrich ICAE, president, Amusement Industry Consulting.

Other IAAPA Safety Institute presenters included: Sgt. Katherine Severson, Emergency Management Team, Calgary Police Services; Claudio Barrera, Engineer and vice president of rides and slides, Whitewater Industries; Alexander (Sandy) Millar, vice president, sports and hospitality, JLT Canada.

“The expertise and information IAAPA Safety Institutes provide make them a must-attend event for all businesses, big or small, in the attractions industry,” said Randy Davis, IAAPA senior vice president, safety and advocacy. “Safety is the industry’s top priority and the high level of engagement, information exchange, and thoughtful questions and answers was reflective of the importance the industry places on safety.”

More information about IAAPA Safety Institutes is available here.

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The next IAAPA Safety Institute will take place on June 13, 2016, in Shanghai, China, at IAAPA’s Asian Attractions Expo 2016, and is included with registration for the Asian Attractions Expo Education conference program.

About IAAPA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently located amusement facilities and attractions and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. IAAPA represents nearly 5,000 facility, supplier, and individual members from 99 countries. Member facilities include amusement and theme parks, water parks, attractions, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, and resorts. IAAPA is a nonprofit organization. The association's global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States. The association maintains regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, Hong Kong, and Orlando. www.IAAPA.org  @IAAPAHQ #IAAPA