Safety guidance

Safety guidance

The railway carries high risks.  As such, we're a safety critical company, committed to the health and wellbeing of our staff, contractors, passengers and visitors.  We take our responsibility seriously and expect you to do the same when filming with us.  You can read more about our safety vision here.

When you make an application, you'll need to provide us with a risk assessment of your activities.  We've put some helpful information together on what rules you need to know, as well as things to think about when writing it.  COVID-19 has brought added challenges, so you'll need to evidence what industry guidance you'll be following and what additional measures you'll put in place too.  To get you started, we've listed the simple steps you need to follow below :

  1. watch our golden rules video below.  It sets out some of the common DOs and DON'Ts when filming with us.  Although it's primarily for station filming, most rules will apply to all shoots
  2. review our house rules and suggestions in the drop-downs beneath the video.  You'll need to add all those that apply into your risk assessment
  3. write your risk assessment.  Getting this right is essential as it proves to us that your shoot will be safe.  Remember to keep it site specific.  Risk assessment is an ongoing process and someone senior will still need to continually monitor risk levels during the shoot.  

TOP TIP : It helps to really be clear.  Sometimes this can be as simple as telling us what you're not doing.  For example, if you're only using a camera and tripod, make sure you add "no other equipment will be used".   

For further help on writing risk assessments, visit the HSE.  If you don't feel confident writing your own risk assessment you should consult a safety reviewer or similar who'll know what hazards to identify and what control measures to put in place.

Click the below drop-down list to view our house rules.