High Risk Guide


Welcome to the High Risk Guide

Date: 01.08.2016     Last updated: 09.11.2016 at 16.33
This guidance provides advice for deployments to Hostile Environments and those that include High Risk activities.

The BBC has special arrangements in place for high risk work. This includes: deployments to hostile environments which may be environmental (high altitude or desert) or man-made (conflicts, violent disorder); undertaking activities such as covert filming of dangerous groups; or covering events such as terrorist incidents, natural disasters or pandemic diseases.

Full details are on the Definitions and Requirements Page

Are You Using the Safety App?

If you normally use the JSG the checklist in the App can be used as a record of the section that apply. However, if your activity is not covered by the JSG you will still need to record a specific risk assessment on myRisks and the checklist can be used as a way to inform that risk assessment.

In areas of the business such as production, radio or sport the Safety App can be used:

  • to record changes to your risk assessment in a dynamic way
  • during a recce to record issues, hazards and controls which you need to cover in your risk assessment

For High Risk Activities you must still contact the High Risk team for advice and support.

More information can be found on using the App on the About page via the More button.

Further Advice and Feedback

If you can’t find what you are looking for or need more advice and are working on a BBC production, then contact your safety advisor or the safety advice line.

If you have any comments or suggestions for additional guide pages then please email the Safety Advice line. 

  • Definitions and Requirements

    Definitions and Requirements

    Definitions and requirements of the High Risk Policy for those working in hostile environments and undertaking high risk activities


  • Hostile Environments Defined

    Hostile Environments Defined

    A Hostile Environment is defined as a country, region or specified area subject to war, insurrection, civil unrest, terrorism or extreme levels of crime, banditry or lawlessness, public disorder (G8 etc); or areas with extreme climatic conditions or terrain and natural disasters such as volcanos, earthquakes, tsunamis etc.


  • Hostile Environments: Potential Risks

    Hostile Environments: Potential Risks

    This is a guide to identifying some of the potential risks that you may encounter when deployed to hostile environments or when you are involved in high risk activities. The guide looks at risks and suggests possible mitigation measures and ‘actions on’.


  • Training (HRG)

    Training (HRG)

    All staff deployed by the BBC on locations that are classed as Hostile Environment must have completed HEFAT training. For any management deploying staff must complete the mandatory News Assignment Location Safety (NALS) course.


  • A-Z Activities - High Risk

    A-Z Activities - High Risk

    A to Z Activites list for the activities covered in the High Risk Guide.


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