This guide aims to help those who work in the theatre industry ensure that the organisations they work for and productions they work on are run safely. Specifically, this document aims to; identify who has responsibilities for health and safety in the production process; explain what these responsibilities are and provide examples of how they can be met and act as a pointer to other more detailed information that is relevant to the issues raised here.
Anyone who has any responsibility for producing or managing a theatrical production, event or organisation. In a wider context, the guide would be a useful read for everyone who works within the industry, especially freelancers and safety representatives, as it suggests a model for health and safety management and practice in relation to producing and receiving theatre. It may also be of use to other people who work with the industry such as local authorities, health and safety enforcement officers, emergency services and contractors.
This downloadable guidance provides a model for defining health and safety responsibilities during the production process, applicable for any scale of theatre. It identifies a number of duty holders in this process, suggests what their roles and responsibilities could be, and describes a way of ensuring that adequate planning and documentation has taken place through the creation of a Production Safety Plan. As it is solely focused on the production process, it does not provide advice on how organisations should set themselves up to manage the more general aspects of health and safety.