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Health & safety

Legal advice on health and safety issues when filming.




Producers should ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that persons working with and for them are not exposed to risks to their health and safety. An example of what may be considered reasonably practicable would be if location filming was taking place in a warehouse with poor lighting. It would be appropriate to ensure that extra lighting is used and that all sharp or otherwise hazardous equipment is made safe.

You should have at least one experienced member of the crew who is aware of health and safety issues.

Some genres may pose more risks than others i.e. horror or action films or scenes involving animals. The production team should discuss safety issues before filming begins and take steps to avoid or reduce the risks identified.

Health & Safety Commission

The Health and Safety Commission is responsible for health and safety regulation in Great Britain and more information on health and safety issues and legislation can be found on their website: www.hse.gov.uk under E for Entertainment. Downloadable from the site is their guide entitled “Health and Safety in Audio-Visual Production” which has practical tips to help you comply with your duties such as carrying out risk assessments and testing props for safety before they are used. The guide also outlines the health and safety obligations and responsibilities for different crew members.

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See our Filmmaking Guide: Equipment

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