We’ve not written yet on health and safety for film & television, and a lot of the work we do is with designers and construction managers in these sectors. So you can expect to see more of relevance to health and safety on film and television sets in the future. Here we’re highlighting the BECTU Health & Safety card advice for designers before we delve deeper by talking to a designer about their experiences in a later post.
You can click here to download the BECTU card.
Some key points that BECTU make:
“As a production designer you have specific responsibilities for design and construction health and safety. Your producer/employer has overall responsibility under health and safety law for production health and safety’
‘The producer/employer must … ensure that risk assessments are properly carried out’ and ‘provide relevant information, supervision and training.’
‘As a designer, you are responsible for managing and implementing health and safety in areas under your control, and for ensuring the safety and structural integrity of your design at all stages.’
When you look into the detail, there are many responsibilities, listed under the headlines:
* Risk Assessments * COSHH Assessments * Manual Handling * Monitoring and Reviews * Warnings and Signage * Standards (BSI, CEN, IEE etc) * Continuing safety and maintenance * Competence * Fire prevention *
Calling all production designers- what are your thoughts on this advice? Do you have a view from the ground and real experience to add to the theory?