Daryl McCarl is the director of business development at Smartwaiver in Bend, Oregon.
While the pandemic has brought liability waivers to the forefront, there are many situations where they can be helpful. Here’s a look at three situations when your association might benefit from having online waivers.
At some point in our lives, we’ve all signed a waiver—whether it was to enter an extra scary haunted house, or more recently, to confirm we were aware of COVID-19 risks at an event.
Waivers often seem like a formality, but they are crucial for protecting your organization. Waivers can be applied to prevent legal issues and to help improve processes like kiosk sign-in at events. We’ll cover these three scenarios that need online waivers in more detail: Pandemic-era events, adventure or experience events, and conference activities.
While your organization and many of your members may feel ready to return to in-person events, it’s still important to consider the legal questions around hosting in-person gatherings.
We suggest creating COVID-19 liability waivers using an online waiver platform. This guide to online waiver software providers explores the options. COVID-19 liability waivers should:
There are several risks your guest should clearly understand, including the highly contagious nature of the virus, possible ways a person can become infected, and risks they take by entering your event. We also recommend that you consult with a lawyer or an insurance company when creating your waivers to ensure you cover all bases.
You may be planning a fun team-building event to get everyone excited and involved after many months of not being able to be together physically. This is an excellent idea to, but you may need to ensure you’re not liable if any gets injured.
Whether you’re going zip-lining or exploring underground pools, digital waivers in the adventure industry are crucial to having fun. This is, of course, important if you’re inviting your members. With waivers, you not only protect your association from legal liabilities, but you also show your members that you're putting forth an effort to be transparent.
There are many different situations that may arise during a conference that could require a waiver. Waivers can focus on liability concerns or simply obtain permissions. A few examples of conference-related waivers and permissions include:
When it comes to conferences with many guests, it’s essential to have all of the proper waivers and get them signed by all participants before starting the conference. Online waiver software can help streamline the process, make it easier for you to always have a waiver ready to be signed, and improve your data collection. Good luck.