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Film, Theatre and Broadcasting Health and Safety

avengers age of ultron set 
(Filming for the new Avengers: Age of Ultron movie due out next year)

When you think of health and safety the film, theatre and broadcasting business isn’t the first thing that pops in your head, but with rigging, elaborate film sets and stage productions it is paramount (see what I did there?).

Film and Broadcasting Health and Safety

Health and Safety Responsibilities and Duties of Production Companies in Film, Theatre and Broadcasting

The production company as the employer is required to have some sort of management system in place to ensure the safety of its employees, contractors and visitors. It is essential you have and do the following: 

  • Defined responsibilities and duties 
  • A System for managing Health and Safety 
  • Assess and manage risks and hazards 
  • Review your processes and procedures

How can producers, managers and senior crew members help with Health and Safety?

The producers, managers and supervisors on productions can be delegated specific tasks or responsibilities that fit within their job role; 

  • That a full risk assessment is carried out at design stage and that appropriate controls are implemented for all of the risks that have been identified. 
  • Making sure that sets, scenery and any props are designed and tested for safety before they are used. 
  • That appropriate markings and warnings are provided and displayed on sets or backstage. 
  • That good communication is carried out between the production company and any contractors that may be affected 
  • Appropriate raining has been given for handling, rigging and de-rigging 
Making sure adequate briefing and training is given at every stage to crew, cast, extras, contractors and visitors means that the production should run smoothly.

What Cast, Extras, Individual Workers and Production Crew can do to help with Health and Safety

When working in and around a production or film set each individual, whether it is the cast, the extras or the production crew can take steps to ensure that everything runs smoothly and safely. 

  • To make sure that they take care of themselves as well as others who could be affected by what they do or not do.
  • Co-operating with the employer (the production company) in upholding any processes, instructions and warning signs as well as wearing or using the appropriate equipment. 
  • Attend any require training 
  • Raise any concerns or hazards spotted with the manager or producer. 
It is important that the individuals know the processes and who to speak to when they first arrive on set/at the production company.

And what can Contractors do to help with Health and Safety within Film, Theatre and Broadcasting?

Contractors on-site are jointly responsible with the production company to make sure that they are working in a safe manner set out by the production company as well as in accordance with any legal requirements. And ensure of the following: • That employees and subcontractors are competent to carry out the work 

  • That the employees and subcontractors are monitored 
  • That findings of risk assessments are adopted, communicated and implemented by anyone who is affected. 
  • Any machinery and equipment is properly maintained 
  • That any accidents/incidents are reported to the production company quickly and properly. 
You can find a full and comprehensive list of responsibilities and duties for each party on HSE.gov.uk’s pdf of audio-visual production legal duties. The pdf also includes an in depth information on competency, training, and risk assessments

Theatre Health and Safety

As most accidents in theatre occur from manual handling or working from height this is what we will be address today, but you can find out more about Theatre Health and Safety by visiting the HSE.gov.uk website.

Working from height in a Theatre

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 have some specific requirements which create a hierarchy. This hierarchy provides the best practice when planning work at height. It follows the below; 
Do not work from a height if there is a way to do it at stage level
 
  • If you HAVE to work from height, then do so from an existing safe work place. 
  • If there is no existing safe place to work from then using equipment to prevent the fall is needed. 
  • If the fall is not preventable then minimise the height and therefore the consequences of the fall 
  • And if you can’t do that then training, supervision and instruction is needed. 
  • Any rescue plans should be planned in advance so that they are implemented quickly.

Manual Handling in a Theatre

Due to the nature of theatre, especially shows that are travelling there is a lot of manual handling. The loads are either heavy, awkwardly shaped or difficult to move in confined spaces which are usual to theatres. When time pressures are added into the equation, it can often lead to mistakes, which can mean injuries and accidents. There are some things to bear in mind with manual handling. 

  • Is the weight of the item within your physical capability? 
  • Have you had enough rest between periods of manual lifting 
  • Is there enough space to lift and move around safely? 
  • Are you carrying items up/down stairs? And if so do you have the right equipment to do so 
  • Extra care should be taken when lifting over long distances. 

If you need a comprehensive guide to manual handling the HSE allow you to download a free copy of their guide. 

This article is meant as a quick checklist and reminder; you can find a full and comprehensive list of responsibilities and duties for the entertainment industry on HSE.gov.uk’s site.


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Social Media Day

Did you know today is Social Media Day? It’s now in its fifth year and set up by Mashable.com. The idea is to celebrate the evolving digital platform as well as partake in meet-ups with like-minded individuals and swap stories, ideas and tips. You can find a location near you by visiting the Mashable Meetups page. 

So just how did it all begin? 

 

Let’s take a look through history at social media..

 

Social Media is still a very young platform only gaining traction in the last 4-5 years but it can trace its roots back as long ago as 1994 when GeoCities launched (for those, like me, who are old enough to remember) it allowed users to create their own websites and visit others (I had a Sailor Moon and Buffy page…er, anyway), it grew up to have 38 million users until it was shut down in 2009 (although it still exists in Japan as a hosting company).


August 4th 1997 human decisions are removed from strategic defence. Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate…wait, wrong article… 

OK so Skynet didn’t happen in 1997, but, the web started to grow, it had one million sites online and signalled the birth of blogging, it was also the start of instant messaging (AOL anyone?). Moving onto 1998 (the year of the Hampster Dance) and Google opens up as an internet search engine and index and in 1999 Friends Reunited was the very first social network to take off, reconnecting people with their old school and university friends.



Fast forward to the early noughties and in 2003 you had the launch of MySpace.com and LinkedIn. It was also the year that Apple introduced iTunes, as mp3 players gained in popularity. Podcasting would begin a year later in 2004 (the same year Facebook was created for students at Harvard).



A few years later, in 2006 and you had the launch of Twitter which was a social networking and microblogging site, allowing users to send and receive 140 character messages or tweets. YouTube had launched and MySpace was the most popular social networking site (maybe it was the dilemma of arranging your top 8 friends?) and Facebook expanded its membership to anyone over the age of 13.



Jumping to 2010 and Facebook now has over 400 million users while MySpace users have withered down to 57million (Poor Tom!) and the amount of people using the internet is 1.97 billion, that’s around 30% of the global population. It was also this year that more people got news from the internet than the traditional method of newspapers (OMG I need to tweet this!). 

In 2011 social media was accessible for pretty much everywhere with apps available for smart phones and the recently launched iPad and other tablets on the market, more and more people were spending time online connecting with others. Because of this social commerce was on the climb, as was the concern over privacy with more people being more open about their lives, it flagged up issues regarding identity theft and private information available to all. 2011 was also the year that Google+ launched. 

 The next couple of years the rise of social media and the popularity of the smartphone and tablets have gone hand in hand, making social media accessible 24/7. Facebook now boasts over 1 billion users, Twitter over 500million closely followed by YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn. 

 It is no wonder that companies are now taking it seriously; it’s a great way of engaging with your customers and more importantly potential customers. It has only been very recently that companies are investing in Social Media teams but as the social media community continues to grow and evolve it is a worthwhile investment.

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