Protecting Your Theater Against Liability
3 Effective Tools to Mitigate Liability
Merriam-Webster defines liability as, “the state of being legally responsible for something.” Liability can be costly and hard to manage, especially in an industry where so many people gather at once like a movie theater. Protecting your theater from liability does not have to be difficult and with the tips below you will be off to a great start to protecting your theater. Keep reading to learn how to mitigate liability for you cinema.
Signage around your theater will help reduce and mitigate liability. Have signs in restricted areas such as film rooms and staff use only areas like ticket booths and concessions. Any place you don’t want your guests to access should have a sign and the door should be locked as this significantly minimizes the likelihood of a moviegoer gaining access.
Restricted area signs are not the only signs you need to have. Slips, trips and falls are a constant potential liability for movie theaters. Having plenty of wet floor signs and caution signs will prove advantageous to preventing common liability issues such as slips, trips, and falls. Reflective caution tape on theater room stairs and leading ground lights will help as well. Ensure these safety precautions are kept up and are replaced or repaired as needed.
Controlling who accesses what in any facility is a critical security aspect, but especially in movie theaters. Have access control points set up and background checks on all staff. To avoid theft and burglary, keep money in locked drawers and in safes until bank deposits are made. Your ticketing counters should be fully enclosed to ensure safety of your staff and to mitigate liability of theft and assault.
SAFETY Act Certification
SAFETY Act Certification adds an additional layer of protection to your theater and is provided through the Rapid Responder platform. The crisis management platform is designated through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology and offers those who implement it, liability protection from terrorist attacks.
Liability is not easily managed, but there are steps you can take to mitigate it. Consider these 3 simple tips as a stepping stone and use them where they fit in your plans. Also seek the advice of other professionals on ways you can protect your theater, staff, and guests against liability.