Covering all aspects of production safety, this is an invaluable reference guide for the independent programme maker, freelancer, manager, producer, tutor and student filmmaker. Robin Small identifies all the major risks and gives advice on how to control and/or eliminate them. Each hazard section includes useful references to the relevant legislation, documents and licences, as well as addresses of organisations for essential advice and recommended further reading. An appendix lists samples of vital certificates, with visual references provided on www.focalpress.com.

Important information about hazard identification, risk assessment and safety policy is provided in the chapters covering legislation, health and safety management, personal protective equipment and insurance. Particular hazards are then split into individual sections for ease of reference. These hazards include:

Explosives and pyrotechnics
Food and catering
Manual handing and lifting
Visual display screens
Working at heights

The appendices provide comprehensive contact information for UK and European Heath and Safety sources. They also include sample forms to draw up your own safety system.

Robin Small is Senior Lecturer in Television, Media Department at the University of Huddersfield.

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Part One

chapter 1|19 pages


chapter 2|11 pages


chapter 3|24 pages

Health and safety management

chapter 4|17 pages

Personal protective equipment

chapter 5|7 pages


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Part Two: Hazards

chapter 1|11 pages

Agricultural locations

chapter 2|9 pages


chapter 3|9 pages


chapter 4|13 pages


chapter 5|13 pages

Building and construction sites

chapter 6|26 pages

Chemicals and hazardous substances

chapter 7|5 pages


chapter 9|6 pages

Civil unrest and war zones

chapter 11|18 pages

Cranes, hoists, lifts and access platforms

chapter 12|8 pages

Dangerous terrain

chapter 13|13 pages

Derelict buildings

chapter 14|15 pages

Diving and underwater

chapter 15|10 pages


chapter 16|13 pages

Explosives and pyrotechnics

chapter 17|22 pages


chapter 18|6 pages

Firearms and weapons

chapter 19|12 pages

First aid

chapter 20|18 pages

Flying and airports

chapter 21|13 pages

Food and catering

chapter 22|6 pages

Hot work

chapter 23|14 pages

Human factors

chapter 24|10 pages

Lasers and radiation

chapter 25|7 pages

Manual handling and lifting

chapter 26|4 pages

Night operations and bad weather

chapter 27|9 pages


chapter 28|12 pages

Outside broadcasts

chapter 29|8 pages

Scaffolding and heights

chapter 30|13 pages

Scenery and props

chapter 31|6 pages

Sports grounds

chapter 33|9 pages