SG SafeEvents Certification

STB’s annual Tourism Industry Conference on April 7, 2021

Singapore introduced a new certification program called SG SafeEvents Certification for large scale events to be conducted with hygiene benchmarks and safe-distancing best practices.

During this challenging pandemic period, the Singapore government and associations have been formulating and imposing necessary standards and new regulations for each respective industry to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection and to restart the MICE industry, and SG SafeEVents Certification will play a vital role for the event organizing to reborn again.   

Let’s go further in-depth about SG SafeEvents Certification by discussing the following topics.

  • What is SG SafeEvents Certification?
  • Why would we need SG SafeEvents Certification?
  • How can we get certified?
Antigen Rapid Test at STB’s annual Tourism Industry Conference on April 7, 2021

What is SG SafeEvents Certification?

The SG SafeEvents Certification program launched at the Tourism Industry Conference by the Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers (SACEOS) is aimed at event organizers, venue owners, and suppliers’ competitive edge, a mark of assurance in a COVID-19 safe marketplace. The SG SafeEvents Standard is to be used in conjunction with WHO Guidelines and all other prevailing Singapore national standards, such as SG Clean, to ensure you can organize and execute your event in a safe, sustainable and responsible manner. 

The certification program is based on the Technical Reference (TR) 84 “Safe event management for the events industry”, developed by the Singapore Standards Council (SSC) and overseen by Enterprise Singapore (ESG). TR 84 is a paid guide that lists recommended best practices in hygiene and sanitization, safe distancing and emergency management for business events beyond the government-mandated Safe Management Measures (SMM). It also referenced the Events Industry Resilience Roadmap (IRR) released by SACEOS in October 2020, which guides organizing safe business events, solutions for hybrid events and new capabilities needed to transform the industry.

Why would we need SG SafeEvents Certification?

The Straits Times stated that the program, announced at STB’s annual Tourism Industry Conference, will run for three years, after which there may be plans to use the experience gained to turn the SG SafeEvents Certification into a full-fledged Singapore standard. Moreover, under the best practices of Event Industry Resilience Road Map Guideline (IRR), it also urged the MICE players to attain SG SafeEvent certifications and work only with certified SG SafeEvent Venues and SG SafeEvent Suppliers. Therefore, it would be no doubt that it can become a nationwide standard certificate every event industry player should have to display or assure that they meet Singapore government standards, ensuring conference attendees and their partners. 

How can we get certified?

Generally, the following aspects would be covered to get SG SafeEvents certified.

  • Event organizers must have risk management plans, documentation of identified hazards and necessary control measures to be implemented before, during and post the events 
  • Venue Operators must develop routine and periodic cleaning and disinfection plans 
  • Organizers and venue operators are encouraged to use contactless technology where feasible.
  • Protocols are needed to put in place to contain and manage emergencies.

Moreover, according to Event Industry Resilience Road Map Guideline (IRR), technology adoption in registration management becomes viable and best practices for event organizers in event planning and management. In IRR best practices, it is also recommended to do contactless registration, health screening by asking health assessment questions and perform with clear signages, thermal cameras and temperature checks at all entry points. 

In those aspects, you need to consider using technology advancements such as QR codes, RFID Badge or facial recognition for contactless registration and event check-in. And if touchless registration is not practicable, you need to control the access in advance – start from pre-event registration of stakeholders to ensure the number of people onsite and distribute tickets, badges ahead of time to reduce touch points upon entry. But that manual process can delay the working process and make it challenging to manage the registration in huge events unless using event registration management software like EventNook.

Zone assignment

EventNook can help your attendees to have the unique QR code when they registered and scan it on their own on EventNook mobile self check-in kiosks. And attendees can even print the personalised badge with name, zone and table number assigned at the onsite independently with no waiting time by reducing the touch points and avoiding the crowded situation as you see in the video below.

Moreover, it should be considered for health and screening safety measures to use an AI temperature scanner, constant temperature monitoring token, disinfection mist tunnel, and anti-microbial coating of common surface areas. 

Suppose you wish to be certified under the provisional standard or learn more about the certification process. In that case, you can register for the industry briefing next month by emailing SACEOS secretariat@saceos.org.sg.

I hope you find this article helpful, and if you have any feedback on the article, please feel free to drop us at hello@eventnook.com, and we would love to hear your thoughts!

EventNook is based in sunny Singapore, and we have empowered events from 21 countries and counting. We have supported a range of events from the various organizations – a small non-profit organization to top brands such as Google, IBM, EY, Deloitte, etc. If you are keen to know more about EventNook services for your upcoming events, we will be glad to assist, and please feel free to contact us.

References:

New standards for Mice sector launched as S’pore prepares to hold larger events, welcome visitors, Consumer News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Certification programme launched to ensure safe resumption of Mice events in Singapore, SME – THE BUSINESS TIMES

New certification standard for large Mice events, Consumer News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Tourism Industry Conference 2021 – YouTube

https://www.saceos.org.sg

QR codes for various use cases in events

Do you see a QR code everywhere in almost every event you attend, and have you ever wondered how do QR codes work or how they can be beneficial in the event industry? If you are beginning to understand QR code possible use cases in events, this article will help you one step ahead towards event market domination. The following are the contents we would cover.

  1. What is a QR code?
  2. How to use the QR code?
  3. Where to use the QR code in Events?
  4. How to create the QR code?

1. What is a QR code?

Before we jump to the possible use cases, we must first learn the QR code’s basic concepts.

QR code stands for Quick Response code, a two-dimensional version barcode capable of storing lots of data almost instantly by scanning with the mobile device. Nowadays, QR codes can be seen everywhere and anywhere widely used for marketing, advertising, events, healthcare, education, and payment.

There are two types of QR codes: Static & Dynamic. The Static QR code is fixed and permanent, and its data cannot be edited after completion. It could help link email addresses, social media, URLs, wifi passwords, etc. On the other hand, dynamic QR codes can store more data and can be edited and even after you have printed it on paper.

2.How to use the QR code?

QR code can be decoded in two ways:

  • Third-party QR code reader app that converts the image to usable information
  • The device camera functions as a built-in QR code scanner in a mobile device, such as new smartphone versions: iPhone, Bixby vision for Samsung, etc.

3.Where to use the QR code in Events?

QR codes for Event Marketing

You can use QR code to amplify your event marketing efforts in boosting more attendees. By offering additional information in the QR code, users can simply scan the code and view all the event details: location, time, and link to the event ticketing platforms to purchase the event ticket with a tap.

It is also perfect for advertising on paper-based printing materials such as leaflets. The space needed to spend on the ads page can be minimized and promotes advanced technology excitement through scanning. You can easily print those printed ads and do leaflets printingonline at Gogoprint, and they will deliver your orders to your doorstep. You can create large-scale marketing campaigns on prints such as billboards, advertising posts, even bus stops, and even in digital worlds by integrating the use of QR codes.

As an additional benefit, you can track and optimize your QR code campaigns in digital and print. In that report, you can view the real-time metrics such as location, time scanned, types of devices used, total scans, etc.

QR codes for Business Cards

Business cards are mandatory, especially in networking and business events. Instead of writing out your business emails, website, address, and some other details on your business card, you could easily create a QR code and print it on a business card without occupying too much space on it. QR codes on a business card are essential to communicate with your potential business partners, customers, and investors. They can be stored with your basic information and your company or product information to build your company’s credentials to the business community.

You may want to find out how Gogoprint can help you with Business card printing online.

QR codes for Onsite Registration at an event

When an event accepts walk-in customers and customers need to do onsite registration or onsite ticket purchase, it could be redundant in the registration process if you collect the attendee’s information with the manual registration process.

In that case, you can create a QR code for the URL of the registration site or event ticket platform and print it somewhere in the event registration area so that people can quickly scan the QR code to register or purchase the tickets in a short time on their own. And you can assign one or two staff at the onsite registration counter to help with it if there are any issues.

QR codes for Event Check-in

Check-in with a QR code can speed up the process and will help to avoid the long queue at the entrance. It can also track people’s attendance at an event. To create a QR code for event check-in, you can use an event registration software like EventNook.

With EventNook, once registrants purchase the ticket or register the Event, they will automatically receive the e-ticket embedded with an instantly generated and unique QR code. Then, on the event day, the event organizer can use a free EventNook mobile check-in kiosk to let people check in by scanning each registrant’s unique QR code. All you need is iPhone or iPad device.

In that way, QR codes can track the attendee’s check-in, absence data, and solve the long queue problems in event registration and make your events look stunning and professional with advanced technology excitement. Check out the below video on how smart check-in with QR code works.

QR code for Event Badges

Adding QR codes on custom event badges can improve the event entry process and provide networking and additional marketing opportunities.

For instance, there may involve a large group of attendees attending the same event in networking or business events, and it can put more pressure on the event management team to make both admission and re-entry faster. In that case, using digital methods can help with this. You can use registration software like EventNook, which can not only track the attendees but can provide onsite event badge printing services by showing the unique QR code to scan on the EventNook smart mobile check-in kiosk.

As you see in video above, within 2 seconds, you can print onsite custom event badges. You can also include QR code on the name badge that enables participants to network as digital business cards to streamline the networking efforts. Below is another sample video of how EventNook can scan the QR code inserted badge and track exhibitor leads.

4.How to create the QR code?

There are many free online QR code generators. You should still consider credibility, clarity, and brand reputation, such as if they got trusted by big names and brands in choosing the best QR code generators. Most QR code generators allow free static QR code, but you cannot change the information behind your QR code once generated in the QR code generator. But with the subscription, you can create the dynamic one, which allows you to edit the data behind the QR code even after printing. The followings are recommended free QR code generators.

  • QR codes for Event Check-in, Onsite Badge Printing- EventNook

I hope you find it helpful. If you have any feedback on the article, please feel free to drop us hello@eventnook.com, and we would love to hear your thoughts!

If you are keen to know more about EventNook services for your upcoming events, we will be glad to assist, and please feel free to contact us.