Health & Safety Guides
As a Media Arts student, you’re required to take responsibility for health and safety management as an integral part of your practice work. This has important consequences for your crew, cast and anyone else involved in or affected by the work, so it is essential you have a full understanding of what is involved.
This page and the following guides have been created to assist you by outlining both the formal context for health and safety management in Media Arts and practical guidance that is directly relevant to your course work.
Our Health and Safety Policy defines how health and safety is managed in the department, so this is an important starting point. We've undertaken a series of General Risk Assessments, which identify and evaluate the range of hazards most likely to be encountered across all of the department’s work activity. A corresponding set of Work Method Statements provide instructional information on the processes that must be implemented in relation to these risk assessments.
For location filming, photography, sound recording, studio productions and art installations, you’ll need to do specific risk assessments and implement suitable safe working methods in your own practice work. To assist you, we've written a series of user-friendly guides about a range of production activities you’re very likely to be involved in during your course. Please see the box below to see which guides are most relevant to your course option, then download, print and keep for reference in your active production files.
The guides make reference to the Location Safety Form, which you must use for each location shoot, studio production recording or art installation. We have devised a Documentary Safety Form, which can be used instead of the regular Location Safety Forms when appropriate.
You’ll receive formal training as an integral part of your course but you may contact Keith Buckman, the Departmental Health and Safety Coordinator, if you have any queries about production health and safety when planning your own.