Night Filming and Recording
What Can Go Wrong?
- Someone may hurt themselves or someone else due to fatigue.
- Reduced visibility can impact both on time and risk.
- Night working on location can increase the security risk.
- Members of the public may cause injury if disturbed or upset by noise or intrusion.
- Regular work at night will entitle the employee to a health assessment.
- Give the team as much notice as possible about working at night.
- Consider the journey times and travel arrangements of the cast and crew.
- Ensure safety critical activities are scheduled appropriately e.g. don’t have higher risk work such as stunts at end of night.
- Consider accommodation, taxis and arrangements for transport; these may need to be offered.
- Consider a health assessment via a questionnaire if the night working is to be regular.
- Keep access and egress clear of equipment and cables.
- Ensure that access and egress routes are adequately lit and that cables are properly managed.
- Identify any potential risks to personal safety at the location.
- Make the police and / or other relevant authorities aware of your recording intentions.
- Contact the Corporate Security Team and liaise with the police if you require further security advice.
- Consider the length of time and the location of the sequence if the recording may be contentious to the local people or area and the need for security (see pre-vetted list).
- Ensure arrangements for vehicle parking will be secure.
- Think about the need for working lights at location and unit base ensuring they do not dazzle drivers.
- Inform the cast and crew of any particular hazards.
- Keep noise levels to a minimum in public areas. If significant noise is likely liaise with the locals/the local environmental health officer to make them aware and help manage it.
- See our Safety Short on Working Nightshifts to help cope with the changes to the body clock caused by working unusual hours (see Useful Documents).
Division Specific Issues
- No division specific issues.
FAQs/Did You Know?
- The BBC Academy has produced two films about Night Shift Working that are available from the link on the right hand panel.
- Most people will feel less alert in the mid afternoon and around midnight and will feel particularly low in the early hours of the morning.
- Mental fatigue can result in errors of judgement.
- Tiredness can affect a person’s mood, making them more optimistic, less cautious and more reckless.
- People feel the cold more at night.
- Sedatives to aid sleep can lengthen reaction times and increase the risk of accidents.
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