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Health and Safety Policy
Issue 3 as revised on 2nd. October 2008
All people working with and on behalf of Bramley Parish Theatre Players (know as BPTP) shall at all times be responsible for ensuring they maintain best practice to maintain the safety of themselves, audiences, passers-by and other members of the Society.
This will be achieved by the use of:
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rigging and running of lighting for stage shows held
at St. Margaret’s Church Hall.
For each event undertaken by BPTP
member of the team will be agreed in advance as the lead person.
These are normally by verbal discussion and instruction. Written instruction is given where deemed necessary by the lead person responsible for any event.
It is the responsibility of each individual to make known to the lead person any medical condition that may affect his or her ability to work within the Safety Policy.
the Society it is generally acknowledged that there is a
responsible for Scenery, Lighting, Sound, Props; and a
‘Cast’ who are the
performers. This safety policy relates equally to Stage Crew and Cast,
that a high degree of co-operation is needed from both sides at all
is managed by the use of best practice and
procedures documented by nominated member(s) of the Society.
to each event, a briefing session is held by the
Lead Person to ensure that all people (covered by this policy) taking
the event are aware of how the work will be carried out and any unusual
risks. Diagrams, plans and
a list of tasks with
designated owners may supplement
this briefing. During
the event, if any unsafe practices are
observed, the Lead Person will call a halt to activities until the
Following every event, an informal review is undertaken by the members involved to ensure that all policies were met.Members of the Lighting and Sound teams will review the policies within four weeks after each Annual General Meeting, and details will be passed to the BPTP Stage Manager. The BPTP Stage Manager will review the policies in line with BPTP’s own policies and raise any concerns with Committee, having first agreed any corrective actions that need immediate implementation. This Policy will be reviewed annually by the committee of BPTP
Prior to each event, a Risk Assessment will be carried out to see if there are any unusual aspects to the event.If an existing or generic Risk Assessment does not already cover the event, a separate assessment will be undertaken by the Lead Person and the new or unusual risks will be documented, typically covering:
Risk Assessments will be filed with the BPTP Secretary and be available for inspection by any appropriate Authority.
All local fire safety instructions will be followedIn the event of a Risk Assessment pointing to the need for additional fire equipment or special instruction, this will be provided prior to any activity or event being undertaken. At each event a person will be designated as Fire Officer with the role of enabling cast and audience to evacuate the building safely.He/She will check that Fire Extinguishers and Blankets are in the correct place and Fire Doors and Exits operating correctly.
A Fire Drill will form part of the rehearsal schedule to ensure all the cast know how to leave the premises quickly and safely. The Fire Steward will be provided with a whistle. The Fire Steward will follow the guidance set out in the 'Duties and role of the Fire Steward' document. He/she will advise on any amendments and improvements he/she thinks are required following or when undertaking the duties.
In all cases, a qualified First Aider taken from the list held by the Secretary, will be present at an event. This is a mandatory requirement where more than 50 people will be involved.They will have access to a suitable first aid kit and are responsible for checking that it is adequate. Also they need to have a mobile phone.They will check Risk Assessment forms to ensure there is no added risk. In the event of a Risk Assessment pointing to the need for additional first aid equipment or special instruction, this will be provided prior to any activity or event being undertaken. The First Aider will follow the guidance set out in the 'Duties and role of the First Aider' document. He/she will advise on any amendments and improvements he/she thinks are required following or when undertaking the duties.
All local procedures for Accident reporting will be followed by all members of the team, depending upon the location of the event being undertaken. An Accident Book is kept at St. Margaret’s Church for the use of hall users.
All Lead Persons must have a working knowledge of the requirements brought about by Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) and bear these in mind whilst completing risk assessments. In the event of a Risk Assessment pointing to the need for additional precautions or special instruction relating to COSHH, this will be provided prior to any activity or event being undertaken.
All equipment used including lights, cables, sound systems, trussing, rigging tools, mounting brackets and similar will be in good order and condition. Any discrepancies must be notified to the lead person for action as necessary.
All team members must have a working knowledge of good manual handling procedures. Protective clothing such as gloves, boots, hats will be worn by all people if deemed necessary by the lead person.
Where there is activity being undertaken above head height, appropriate safety measures will be deployed. Generic risk assessments are in place for various types of working at heights.
The policy of the Society to prevent accidents. It is therefore essential that people under its guidance:
Whenever lights are being hung from brackets or ceiling mountings, the lighting crew will ensure that:-
All power rating will be calculated to ensure that no lighting channel, overall power supply or plug rating is overloaded. These will be documented as part of a rigging plan. All cables will be adequately rated to ensure that they can take the power.
Sound Specific Instructions
The sound crew will ensure that :-
At rehearsals and performances:-
Adopted by Bramley Parish Theatre Players
8th. June 2006 Chairman
Amended 21st. September 2006
Revised 2nd. October 2008
Reviewed 10th. January 2012