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.