Safety and risk assessment guidance
We are a safety critical company, committed to the health and wellbeing of our staff, contractors, passengers and visitors. Everyone has the right to get home safe every day and as such, we insist on safe working. We take our responsibility seriously. As visiting filmmakers you are required to as well. You can read more about our safety vision here.
Railway environments carry their own risks and we've put some information together on what rules you need to know, as well as things to think about when writing your risk assessment.
Where should I start?
- Watch our Golden Rules video below. This illustrates some of the more common 'dos and don'ts' to be aware of when filming with us.
- Review our house rules and suggestions of what to consider in the drop-down beneath.
- Write your risk assessment. Remember, to be valid it needs to be activity and site specific. It will need to detail your intentions, when and where they are to take place and with what equipment. Potential hazards, as well as who is at risk and why, need to be identified as do the mitigations you'll put in place to manage them. You'll also need to tell us who on production will monitor risk levels and developing hazards during the shoot.
Further guidance on risk assessments can be sought from the HSE. If you don't feel confident writing your own risk assessment you should consult a competent person who will know what hazards to identify and what control measures to put in place.
TIP: Our managers can be presented with dozens of risk assessments each week. For this reason they need to be given clear information. 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 that you aren't going to be introducing any other potential hazards.