With less than four days before the entertainment and leisure industry is put to the test with the safety of people attending the 34th London Marathon, you can only hope the guidelines that the HSE produce are suitable for the big event …
PAT Testing The Entertainment And Leisure Industry
My team and I have to travel into London to carry out some PAT Testing for a client whose office is right on the route. This requires us to leave Milton Keynes in the wee small hours, so that we can be assured of arriving on site before all of the road closures are put in place.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) provides advice and guidance to enable event organisers, local authorities, emergency services and the HSE to work together to improve safety. I’m sure that after 33 marathons, the organisers know how to put on an extremely safe event!
There is also information for those involved in film and broadcast TV to assist them with their legal duties to eliminate risks to the public from their work. As the film industry uses large numbers of independent companies and freelancers, it is sometimes difficult to decide who the employer actually is. However, in the majority of cases, the employer will be the production company who commissioned the work.Did you know that the HSE even provides information on fairground and fairground ride health and safety? Including advice on what to do when people are hurt. It will help those involved with buying, examining and operating rides to comply with health and safety law.
Even though the HSE are very vocal about legislation, I was a little concerned when visiting one of my clients last week that they were not aware of the changes to the health and safety law poster!. The law states they must change to the new style poster by 5th April 2014 and they hadn’t heard about it. You can even download a pocket sized card for your staff from the HSE website. Amazing how such a large company can be blissfully unaware!
One of the other changes to current information is a revised leaflet specifically produced for entertainers all about electrical safety which sets out basic measures you can take to help control the electrical risks from use of equipment like decks, sound systems and musical instruments.
And I’ll let you know how the trip into London goes on Sunday!If you would like your equipment tested by a team who have worked in the entertainment industry for over 25 years and specialises in understanding the equipment and it’s use, then call us on 0330 6600264 for a no obligation quote!
Until next time …