Compliance and Safety
Hawaii Stage and Lighting
Established in 1976, Hawaii Stage and Lighting is a privately-owned staging, lighting, and rigging company. Throughout the years, HSLR has expanded its business and grown steadily into a wide range of markets which include corporate events, sporting events, concert tours, trade shows, theatrical productions, television and film productions, and themed attractions and environments.
The Hawaiʻi Events Coalition Safety Committee is striving to assist our peers who are planning to reopen during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The coronavirus creates different challenges depending on countless factors, including the size of the event, its geographic location, the physical space, and the anticipated attendees, to name just a few.
This committee’s purpose is to help identify reasonably foreseeable health risks and suggest options to mitigate them.
View our list of certified vendors who can provide compliance and safety oversight for your event!
06/28/21 – COVID-19 Variants & Masks
Media outlets report about COVID-19 variants that concern us…do you really know what they mean and how it affects the workplace?
The World Health Organization (WHO) tracks each variant as itʻs identified and gives it a name – Alpha, Beta, Epsilon, Delta, and Gamma are currently circulating in various countries. In Hawaiʻi, weʻve been hearing about the Delta variant, since itʻs the latest mutation of COVID-19 to surface locally with increasing frequency. First found in India, the reason itʻs important:
- Increased transmissibility (spreads faster)
- Potential reduction in neutralization by some EUA monoclonal antibody treatments (vaccines still effective but less so)
- Potential reduction in neutralization by post-vaccination sera (the bodyʻs ability to fight it after vaccination may be reduced)
Any variant has a chance to mutate into a stronger version of itself. This is why the Center for Disease Control in the U.S. provides data at their website and updates it as often as new information is clinically confirmed. This data can be read by anyone but does include some scientific data that isnʻt of use to the average reader. To break it down to the important takeaway…
Variants move through three phases: “Variants of interest”, “Variants of Concern,” and “Variants of High Consequence”. As of today, there are none in the High Consequence category but Alpha through Gamma variants are in their Concerned category due to higher and faster spread and potentially more damaging side effects.
As a matter of safety for yourself and your workspace, Hawaiʻi Events Coalition continues to encourage the use of masks around un-vaccinated individuals! If your crew or your project is of mixed vaccination statuses, keep your mask on and adhere to social distancing.
The best way to protect yourself is to get vaccinated, as this has proven to lessen the severity not just of COVID-19 but known variants as well.
As an employer, keep your crew safe by mandating vaccination as appropriate. Read this article to understand the limits of your ability to require it from your employees.
COVID-19 RELATED RESOURCES
Johns Hopkins University Contact Tracing Course
Altres Wellness Tracker
National Institute of Health COVID-19
World Health Org. COVID-19
Centers for Disease Control COVID-19
Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guideline (May 2020)
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