WHAT IS A RISK ASSESSMENT?
A risk assessment is a systematic method of looking at work activities, equipment and workplaces that present a potential risk to employees or others who may be affected their activities. Suitable measures should be put in place to prevent or minimise loss, damage or injury in the workplace.
WHO DOES A RISK ASSESSMENT?
The head of department or key make-up artist and the production should carry out risk assessments before work commences.
The production must inform employees of any significant dangers and introduce the correct safety measures. The employee should co-operate with reasonable instructions from the employer, use tools and equipment properly and inform your employer (or another responsible person) if you are aware of any hazardous or potentially hazardous situations.
Insurance cover may not be applicable unless operatives are proven to be qualified (especially relevant to those doing work experience and not being paid). Do not take a job beyond your capabilities - competence is a prerequisite. The department head (or their representative) must be aware of the abilities of their staff.
RISK ASSESSMENT FORMS
NASMAH has produced easy-to-use risk assessment forms (PDF documents) for the different environments we work in. Simply download, print and complete:
The production should have well-publicised emergency procedures in place, but you have a responsibility too:
- Ensure you are aware of what to do in an emergency - for fire evacuation, accidents and injuries;
- Keep evacuation routes clear;
- Have appropriate fire extinguishers in place;
- Store all gas canisters safely;
- Observe the no smoking rules.
FIRST AID & UNIT NURSES
There should always be a first aider and they should be noted on the call sheet.
Large productions should have a unit nurse or doctor (note: they are not health and safety reps).
There should be good paramedic cover for stunts and hazardous special effects, plus a sufficient number of trained first aiders.