Health and Safety
Controlling risks in the Faculty of Creative Cultural Industries
As part of managing the Health and Safety within the Faculty, it is important for us to control the risks associated with your activities. To do this you need to think about what might cause harm to people and decide whether you are taking enough steps to prevent that harm. This is known as a risk assessment and it is something you are required by law to carry out.
A risk assessment is not about creating huge amounts of paperwork, but rather about identifying sensible measures to control the risks associated with the tasks or events you do. You have probably already taken steps to protect people, but your risk assessment will help you decide whether you have covered all you need to.
Think about how accidents and ill health could happen and concentrate on real risks – those that are most likely and which could cause the most harm.
You can either print off and complete or download and complete electronically. Copies can be kept in either or both formats, but must be made available on request.
This tool has been designed to assist in identifying hazards and controls measures, including identifying those people who may be at risk. It is designed to be printed off and taken to a location when you are surveying for hazards (if required).
This form provides confirmation that the relevant people for the task/event/equipment etc have read and understood any and all risk assessment/s that have been carried out.
The key to a successful risk assessment is that it is effectively communicated and everyone understands the risks involved with doing the task and how the risks are going to be controlled.
A good time to do this would be at a team briefing prior to starting the task/event/equipment etc. It is important to discuss the hazards and controls identified in the risk assessment to ensure that it is interpreted correctly and everyone understands what is required of them and what they need to do to avoid an accident or ill health occurring.
Further guidance to assist in completing risk assessments is available from the websites listed below:
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for advice on the risk assessment process and requirements
Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) offers technical resources for theatre technicians
The Arts Council offer advice, guidance and toolkits on various aspects of the arts
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) offers guidance and advice on photography safety and journalism
The Health and Safety Executive give advice and guidance on fashion and textiles, including dyes and dyeing
The BBC offers guidance and advice on filming and productions which is set out in a series of safety guides