Attendee Risk & Release of Liability

Attendee Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability - COVID-19

By registering for the Specialty & Custom Chemicals Show on February 9-11, 2021 in Fort Worth, TX you agree to the following.

While it contains legal information, the purpose is to inform you about the risks of COVID-19 by attending the Specialty & Custom Chemicals Show by the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA).  Please know that the goal of SOCMA is to hold a safe Event, but given the nature of COVID-19, it is not possible to remove all risk.  To allow the Event to move forward during the pandemic, SOCMA must advise you of the risks and request that you sign this release of liability in exchange for holding the Event.  Know that it would be financially cost-prohibitive to hold the Event absent you signing this release and waiver.  It is as always your choice on whether to sign and attend.

We appreciate your thoughtfulness.

THE RISKS ARE OUTLINED HERE: In consideration of the Individual/Entity listed below (“Attendee”) being permitted to attend and/or participate in the SOCMA Specialty & Custom Chemicals Show (hereinafter “Event”), and by registering for, signing or executing this Release, I, the Attendee/Exhibitor that has registered, acknowledge and agree as follows:

  • that COVID-19 has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization.
  • that COVID-19 is extremely contagious, that an individual infected with COVID-19 can be asymptomatic and that exposure to infection can result from touching surfaces, breathing, coughing, interacting, or talking with other individuals, among other methods, and contracting COVID-19 can result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death.
  • that anyone attending and/or participating in the Event can become infected with COVID-19.
  • That irrespective of the steps taken by SOCMA regarding COVID-19, attendance and/or participation in the Event could increase my risk of being exposed to and/or contracting COVID-19.
  • that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected with COVID-19 by attending and/or participating in the Event may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of SOCMA and its employees, agents, volunteers, representatives, providers, visitors, licensees, and invitees, and any other person that has come in contact with or is attending and/or participating in the Event.

The following is written using “I” to confirm that you agree to the following.

ASSUMPTION OF RISK:  I voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any consequence, including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, death, illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, I may experience or incur in connection with traveling to or from, or attending and/or participating in the Event. I acknowledge and understand that I should not attend and/or participate in the Event unless I am medically able and free of COVID-19 or symptoms associated with COVID-19.  I voluntarily agree to comply with all safety requirements set forth by SOCMA and any federal, state, or local agencies.  My failure to comply with such safety requirements may result in loss of right to attend and/or participate in the Event, including but not limited to safe social distancing, clean hygiene, and medical ability. 

RELEASE:  I RELEASE, for myself, my heirs, assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, AND DO FOREVER DISCHARGE, COVENANT NOT TO SUE, INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS SOCMA, its employees, agents, volunteers, and representatives, of and from any and all claims, liabilities, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating to attending and/or participating in the Event. I understand and agree that this Release includes any claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of SOCMA, its employees, agents, volunteers, and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after attending and/or participating in the Event. I understand and acknowledge and agree that SOCMA is in no way responsible for its own negligence or the negligence of third parties in connection with the Event.

I have carefully read this Release, fully understand its terms and conditions, understand that the terms and conditions are contractual and not a mere recital AND that I have given up substantial rights by signing it, and have signed it freely and voluntarily without inducement.

I agree that this Release is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by the laws of the United States and that if any one or more of the provisions contained in this Release, shall, for any reason, be held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect, the invalidity, illegality or unenforceability, shall not impact any other provision of this Release, and this Release shall be curtailed, limited or eliminated only to the extent necessary to remove the invalidity, illegality or unenforceability. 

If I have signed a separate general waiver/release of liability connected to the Event, the terms of that waiver/release are wholly incorporated into this Release and the terms of this Release are incorporated into the separate general waiver/release.

This Release may be executed electronically, and I consent to entering into this Release in electronic form.  I acknowledge and agree that my registration will have the same force and effect as an original signature for all purposes. 

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