The health, safety and welfare of all those participating in and attending the arts festival events are paramount at all times.
The Festival Management Committee, although having no legal requirement to record health and safety assessments, recognises and accepts its general duties under The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992 to ensure that its activities are safe and that risks are assessed and managed, so far as is reasonably practicable.
The policy of the committee is to take reasonably practicable measures in relation to the management of the arts festival to comply with all legislative requirements and codes of practice relating to the duties which it has, in order to:
The Committee will work in the furtherance of these aims by:
All committee members, participants in events and contractors are expected to recognise and accept their duties:
All persons have responsibility for ensuring that their actions do not compromise the health and safety of themselves or any other person.
Anyone who observes a practice or potential hazard, that could compromise the health and safety of any person, has the responsibility to act to remove such danger and further to report such incidents to the management committee.
Any person noticing potentially hazardous, broken or ineffective equipment has the responsibility to remove such equipment from use immediately, to draw attention to defects by the use of appropriate means (e.g. a warning label) and to bring such action to the attention of the management committee.
Organisers of events are responsible for:
Contractors and Visiting Performers are responsible for:
The Committee is responsible for:
The H&S policy document will available to download from the Arts Festival website – http://www.wedmoreartsfestival.co.uk/
All organisers involved in putting on productions and events will be expected to be familiar with the policy document.
All visiting performers and contractors will be made aware of health and safety policy, any identified risks and their responsibilities.
The full policy will be reviewed annually, with risk assessments and necessary amendments being made as necessary throughout the year. Such amendments will be appended to the policy documents.
These guidelines are provided to assist organisers in fulfilling their health and safety responsibilities.
Front of house are responsible for the safety of audiences on the premises during the period of their productions and should supervise as necessary.
Spills must be cleared up quickly to prevent slipping.
Any concerns regarding any electrical installation, plug, lead etc must be notified to the appropriate person/authority immediately.
Any electrical equipment where there are signs of damage, exposure of components or water penetration etc. must not be touched or operated.
Organisers should acquaint themselves with the position of the fuse box/main switch.
Electrical leads must not be allowed to trail across floors or from areas where they might be pulled or become caught up.
Front of house must make themselves aware of the procedure to follow in the event of fire.
Front of house and production teams should be aware of the position of fire exits and must ensure that these are kept clear at all times.
Front of house should have a method to account for the number of persons present during productions.
Children involved in productions must be under the direct supervision of an adult at all times.
All equipment should be adequately maintained to ensure that there are no sharp edges, loose screws, splinters etc. and that it is fit for purpose.
Any freestanding equipment should be sturdy or adequately secured to prevent it from being moved or toppled.
It is your responsibility to protect yourself from injury when lifting, carrying, climbing, pulling or pushing. In order to do this the following guidelines should be observed:
The production team and front of house should ensure that an appropriately labelled first aid box is available at all events.