New online guidelines have been issued to minimise accidents in the entertainment industry.
They set out how rules applying to building projects’ health and safety relate to 4 different areas of the UK’s events sector.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance explains what is needed in order to conform to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015).
This follows close talks with representatives from the entertainments sector.
The four main categories covered are TV, movies and broadcasting; music festivals, sports contests and other live events; trade fairs, conferences and exhibitions; and performing arts and theatre.
Construction project guidelines
These fresh construction project guidelines relate to a number of building projects.
They include building a set for a touring theatre company, constructing a studio-based television set or creating a so-called “outside broadcast” to cover any sports event.
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) says the guidelines follow a growing demand from the business to be given such advice.
Chair of the IOSH’s sports grounds and events group Carl Hagemann says the new guidelines should banish any myths surrounding how the laws apply to the events industry.
He says the advice clarifies how the latest CDM applies to frequently undertaken tasks in the sector’s construction field.
These include putting up makeshift edifices that may not be up for more than 2 or 3 hours.
Ongoing event safety
Mr Hagemann says the Institution hopes the guidelines will secure the ongoing safety of event construction.
They will also hopefully enable the events sector to thrive by applying the regulations properly, he added.
Entertainment industry participants can view the CDM 2015 guidance by visiting the HSE’s website.
Date Published: January 22, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown