Getting Started in Health and Safety
Whether you’re a Series Producer or a Runner, staff or freelance, this Guideline signposts the key things you need to know about to be able to do your job safely. See also our Quick Reference Safety Guide (182KB pdf). Please note that some of the links provided here are only available to those on the BBC network.
What are my safety responsibilities?
Where can I find BBC safety-related policies / guidelines?
- myRisks Information - our safety homepage, available via the internet
- A-Z of BBC Safety Guidelines – our Safety Guideline list or use our search tool (top right of every page)
- Safety Guides – collations of Safety Guidelines specific to a BBC Division or genre (e.g. Journalism Safety Guide)
- Security homepage – our security-related Guidelines
- Health homepage – our health-related Guidelines
- Child Protection – our Working with Children team's policy and guidelines
- Business Continuity homepage – policy and guidelines
- BBC Insurance – for BBC driving policy, driver declarations, travel insurance and public liability cover
- BBC Safety, Security and Resilience - our internal website on BBC Gateway.
Who can I turn to for safety-related support?
- Safety Adviser team – contact details plus the areas / departments they support; see also Safety Contacts
- Safety Advice Line – back-up support to the Safety Adviser team (Mon-Fri. 9am-6pm); maintainers of myRisks Information and arranging personal access to myRisks Tools
- High Risk team – provide security advice to those deploying to areas designated as hostile under the BBC’s Hostile Environment Country pages
- Security and Investigations team – advise on security measures in BBC premises / on location, and investigate security-related issues
- Health and wellbeing – support services for occupational health, travel health, workstation and physiotherapy, and mental health
- Child Protection – contact your Child Protection Adviser; see also Working with Children
- BBC Insurance – contact the BBC Insurance Adviser team
- BBC Workplace – service centre contact details for premises-related safety issues, and permits to film in BBC buildings.
What safety processes do I need to know about?
The BBC’s safety management and reporting processes are all comprised within myRisks Tools, including:
- Risk assessment – quick guide to the process; risk assessment tips
- Accident reporting – quick guide to the process
- Safety monitoring / inspections
- Workstation / display screen equipment assessments – quick guide
- Management reports – quick guide for compiling safety performance data / trends; though Senior Managers would be better looking at the Safety Dashboard.
Access & Responsibility Levels describes your access to these processes based on your job role.
How do I improve my safety knowledge & skills?
- Upfront – BBC induction process
- Safety Training and Competence – induction and mandatory training requirements, job-specific training, and a full list of training resources (face-to-face and online) offered through the BBC Academy.
Where do I find out about how to work safely with third parties?
- Contractors – guidance and access to our ‘pre-vetted’ contractor / supplier lists
- Contributors – guidance on working with contributors, including user generated content
- Freelancers – guidance on training, scheduling and provision of personal protective equipment
- Independent Production Companies - guidance on commissioning and the safety vetting process.
How do I keep up to date with changes in Safety?
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About this site
This site describes what the BBC does in relation to managing its health, safety and security risks and is intended for those who work directly for the BBC.
It is not intended to provide instruction or guidance on how third parties should manage their risks. The BBC cannot be held liable for how this information is interpreted or used by third parties, nor provide any assurance that adopting it would provide any measure of legal compliance. More information.
Links: Some links on this site are only accessible when connected to the BBC network