Live events: Health and safety

From Hackney Weekend to Glastonbury, major live music events present a great opportunity for broadcasters. But if you fail to properly plan and prepare for health and safety issues, your broadcast or event could be memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Simon Smith is joined by three experts in live events health and safety to hear about their experiences and get some practical advice for planning.

Understanding what could go wrong is fundamental to planning. But there also needs to be contingency planning for less predictable situations, so everybody involved knows what to do in an emergency.

"Sanitising the industry is not what we're about - what we're about is making things happen."– Julian Bentley

Paperwork is needed to make the planning process transparent. From responsibilities forms to risk assessments, make sure yours is in order.

Events managers, venues, production teams, local councils and police are all potentially involved in a live event broadcast, and planning for health and safety involves effective communication and attention to detail. It is paramount that all parties understand exactly where their responsibilities lie.

Julian Bentley is associate director at MRL Safety and worked on the Diamond Jubilee concert.

Antonia Kyle is an events producer at Radio 1 and 1Xtra and project managed the Hackney Weekend, Radio 1’s largest ever free ticketed event.

Stuart Page is a BBC safety advisor of many years standing who has worked on many events including Glastonbury, the Olympics, BBC Sports Personality of the Year and Hackney Weekend.