Health, Safety and Risk Assessments

When planning and delivering an arts project, it is important to consider health and safety issues from the outset.

At the planning stage one needs to consider participants, supporting adults, artists and visitors as well as likely venues, potential hazards arising from the immediate environment and the project itself.

Factors that need to be considered when assessing risk include:

  • The type of activity to be undertaken and materials used.
  • Age and possible needs of participants.
  • Experience and ratio of supporting/supervisory staff.
  • Type of venue.
  • Travel arrangements/ modes of transport.
  • Emergency procedures.
  • Safeguarding.

If specialist equipment or material is to be used, it is important that appropriate training is given and that everyone is aware of safe handling procedures.

The Department for Education has produced a comprehensive guide for health and safety which, although designed primarily for schools, is an invaluable resource for any organisation initiating creative work with young people. 'Safe Keeping'  A good practice guide for health and safety, is attached below.

The Health and safety Executive provide detailed information and publications on risk assessment and control of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations.

Further advice, risk assessment check lists and templates can be found at the following websites and attachments:

COSHH assessment:   Identifying hazard and assessing risk.