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Risk Factors

Below is a list of some significant risk factors that should be considered in the planning of your activities.  This list by no means contains all the possible risks that you may encounter.  If you would like to discuss the specifics of your activity, please contact our office.

  1. Sale and/or consumption of alcohol or drugs?
  2. Size of crowd?
  3. Poor communication system?
  4. Low average age of those attending?
  5. Inexperienced security?
  6. Poor signs (exits, etc..)?
  7. Presence of gangs?
  8. Slippery surfaces?
  9. Weather conditions: heat, cold, rain, wind?
  10. Event in high crime area?
  11. Staff theft?
  12. Fireworks?
  13. Hazardous event activities?
  14. Behavior of performers?
  15. Admission of bottles and cans?
  16. Event cancellation or performer no-show?
  17. Inexperienced organizers?
  18. Use of locations not designed for events?
  19. Over capacity crowds?
  20. Vandalism?
  21. Use of private guards without Cornell Police?
  22. Terrorism?
  23. Festival-style seating?
  24. Insufficient budgets?
  25. Falling objects?
  26. Free and uncontrolled admission?
  27. Long weekend and holiday events?
  28. Use of animals?
  29. No parking lot security?
  30. Stage rushing?
  31. Many volunteers?
  32. International attendance?
  33. No evacuation plan?
  34. Poor perimeter fencing?
  35. Admitting weapons or menacing objects?
  36. Low stages, Long lines and waits?
  37. Poor ventilation?
  38. Slow emergency response?
  39. One-of-a-kind and first-time events?
  40. Athletic events?
  41. Use of contractors (food, entertainment, etc…)
  42. Loaned or rented equipment? Insurance in place?
  43. Sale of product? Product Liability?
  44. Non-affiliated group using Cornell property?
  45. Travel?
  46. Bonfires?
  47. Hay Rides?
  48. No prior notification of event to Cornell Police, Environmental Health & Safety and, and Risk management & Insurance.
  49. Food? Call Cornell Dining for safe food handling advice.
  50. Field Trips (see field trip guidelines)?
  51. No Insurance coverage

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