We work continuously to ensure a safe and hospitable RAI, enhancing awareness of safety issues in various ways.

As one of Europe’s busiest convention centres, RAI Amsterdam hosts around 600 exhibitions, conferences and (larger and smaller) events a year. The RAI is a non-stop business during the exhibition season, with a wide range of (international) people and equipment crossing paths in quick succession.

To ensure a warm welcome for all our guests, everyone has to be able to work in an environment that is safe and sound. For that reason, RAI has drawn up a number of safety rules, which must be observed by everyone.

Safety Rules during stand set-up and breakdown periods

Safe and Secure

During event set-up and breakdown.


1. Access

RAI Amsterdam is only accessible to people in possession of a valid access pass.
Safety shoes

2. Safety shoes

Approved safety shoes must be worn during the stand set-up and breakdown periods.
Safety helmet

3. Safety helmet

An approved safety helmet must be worn when the safety sign is on in the exhibition halls.
Smoking, alcohol and recreational drugs

4. Smoking, alcohol and recreational drugs

Smoking, drug-taking and the consumption of alcohol are prohibited.
Emergency exits

5. Emergency exits

  • The emergency exits and yellow traffic routes should always be kept free of obstructions.
  • The emergency exits should only be used in emergencies.
Fire extinguishers

6. Fire extinguishers

Fire extinguishers should always be kept accessible.
Working at heights

7. Working at heights

  • Persons working at heights above 2.5 metres on a mobile scaffold or an aerial lift must be attached by a safety line.
  • It is not allowed to work on a ladder at heights above 2.5 metres for more than two consecutive hours. In these situations a mobile scaffold or an aerial lift should be used.

8. Transport

  • The maximum transport speed is 5 kilometres per hour inside and 10 kilometres per hour outside.
  • The forks of a forklift truck that is in motion may not be more than 15 centimetres above the ground.
  • A forklift truck may not be used to transport or lift persons.
  • It is forbidden to make telephone calls while operating a means of transport.
  • Only trained personnel have permission to operate a forklift truck.
Young people

9. Young people

Persons under the age of 16 years are not allowed into the RAI during the setup and breakdown periods.
Materials and tools

10. Materials and tools

Only approved (i.e. CE certified) machines and tools may be used.

Download the safety rules »

Set-up and breakdown

The logistics and working methods related to the set-up and breakdown of stands are especially dynamic. It is vital that all safety regulations are observed to prevent accidents and incidents. Standbuilders and suppliers have to find their way in a complex working environment during set-up and breakdown together with organisers, exhibitors and RAI employees.

RAI Amsterdam complies with Dutch laws and regulations, and accepts responsibility by means of clear and carefully considered rules that are understandable and attainable for all. The goal is to create a ‘safe and hospitable RAI’ where all target groups can carry out their work safely and responsibly. In addition, the RAI aims to take into account changing perceptions regarding safety.


During setup and breakdown periods RAI Amsterdam is only accessible with a valid setup and breakdown badge. Everyone who wishes to be granted access to the halls during these periods must pre-register online.

Safe Working Practices Manual

Our goal is to create a hospitable environment with an enhanced emphasis on safety and increased awareness of the issue. The Safe Working Practices Manual applies to everyone who has occasion to be in or near RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre. The manual is a ‘living; document, in other words a document that will be periodically updated and upgraded.

Safe working practices manual »

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with your contact at RAI Amsterdam if you have any questions or send an e-mail to safety@rai.nl.