Radio Safety Guide


Welcome to the Radio Safety Guide (RSG)

Date: 17.07.2013     Last updated: 13.01.2017 at 12.05
Safety is everybody's responsibility. We all have a duty to keep ourselves and others safe. This safety guide contains the collected knowledge of staff experienced in managing radio productions and also safety professionals who advise on radio productions and activities.

This is part of the implementation of a new approach to risk assessment and this safety guide contains a list of some of the common activities undertaken by radio production staff. The controls listed are based on a set of generic risk assessments undertaken by BBC Radio and BBC Safety. It is very important that the controls detailed in these generic risk assessments are implemented (where applicable) and monitored.

The generic risk assessments in this booklet can also be used be as a guide when you are attending recces and/or planning your programme/ activity/ events.

If you are travelling to a hostile environment or undertaking activities in the BBC High Risk Policy (e.g. covert filming, locations with ionising radiation, filming in riots) then you must contact the High Risk team.

Are you using the Safety App?

In areas of the business that issue staff with iPhones, the BBC 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.

BBC Safety is looking to also make this app available on Android phones, in the future. Until then, staff are encouraged to continue to access safety guidance on the myRisks website, via the internet. The myRisks Information site is now on which means it is available from many portable devices.

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 please 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. 

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