These vary from pre-planned controlled events to potentially hazardous ad hoc situations where the risk will depend on the size, location – indoor or outdoors – type of conference, the mood of the audience, and access to the public. Also covers recording training at sports grounds.
What Can Go Wrong?
- General hazard and fire
- Electrical safety
- Slips and trips.
- Pushing, jostling with other news teams.
- General violence.
- There are no specific legal requirements to draw to your attention
- Check position to allow safe access to stage and exits
- Check location of emergency exits and become familiar with local emergency arrangements and procedures. Never obstruct emergency exits or fire routes
- Be aware of electrical safety, e.g., when using power supplies for lighting, or when connecting broadcast equipment to audio/video distribution systems. Check with host before using outlets. See Electrical Equipment (Portable)
- Avoid cables and equipment in walkways. Cover / fly trailing cables
- If standing/working on a podium, consider the potential load you might be placing on it, particularly where a number of press members simultaneously crowd on to it to gain a vantage point
- Check height and edging, raised edges are useful to indicate the edge, but can create a trip risk
- Plan filming/recording location on recce or on arrival
- Presenters or broadcast equipment operators must make themselves aware of potential slip, trip and fall hazards before getting involved in action
- Assist by back watching other team members. Consider the use of a second person when working in scrums
- Think about subject of the conference – if feelings are likely to be inflamed, consider use of a second person and plan what to do if the situation escalates
- If large crowds of fans or spectators are likely, or if protesters may be present, please see ‘Crowds, Demonstrations and Protests’ and ‘Violence and Aggression’.
Division Specific Issues
- No division specific issues.
FAQs/Did You Know?
- No FAQs.
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