Risk assessment guidance

Risk assessment guidance

What should I include in my risk assessment?

We are a safety critical company which means we are committed to the safety of our staff, contractors, passengers and visitors.  We believe everyone has the right to get home safe every day – you can read more about our safety vision here.  We take safety seriously and as you want to work within or on our property, we expect you to do so too.

Your risk assessment is an essential part of your application.  It needs to be thorough and fit for purpose in order that your application can be accepted and your filming be allowed to proceed.  If you are unsure on how to proceed, the guidance below should assist you.  If you require further help you might wish to consult the HSE or enlist the help of a competent person, who will know what hazards to identify and what control measures to put in place.  The risk assessment must be activity and site specific in order for it to be valid.

In other words, it needs to tell us in detail what your intended activities are, where and when on our property they are to take place, and with what equipment.  You need to identify what the hazards are, who is at risk and why.  Following this you need to tell us how you are going to reduce the risk and how you will continue to monitor this throughout your filming, and who will be responsible for the monitoring.

Ensure you read all the sections below as they may apply to you.  As a minimum, all shoots need consider the risks and state control measures in the following four categories :

  • Collision avoidance
  • Safe distances
  • Security and storage
  • Equipment

TIP : Your risk assessment is more likely to be accepted if you explicitly state what you won’t be doing or using.  For instance, if you are only using a camera and tripod, you can state "No other equipment will be used", as it makes it clear to us that you aren't going to be introducing any other potential hazards.

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