Protect Your Theatre Staff with Good Fall Prevention Strategies

You can utilise Blue Lemon Health & Safety software for theatres to help create and initiate effective fall prevention strategies. Working in a very hazardous such as a theatre, your fall prevention strategies should be very comprehensive and take into consideration the very different variable risks that theatre staff take in their roles.

As with any Health & Safety risk assessments, you should fully consider what risks lie in your theatre environment that may lead to slips, trips and falls from height. Look at obvious hazards such as slippery surfaces that may be impacted by a spillage of liquid or dry matter. Theatre stage sets are known for their use of physical materials to create the right scenes for their productions, and this can often mean using loose, sifted materials such as sand, or billowing fabric materials that can be tripping hazards.

Protecting backstage staff

Backstage areas where theatre sets are designed and built are also areas that are at risk of spillage from glue, paint, oil and grease that are used in set creations. You even need to consider the domestic facilities within your theatre too, such as food preparation areas where splashes and spills from sinks, food and drink can also pose a slipping risk.

Working in high rigging up in the rafters and using suspended walkways and intricate pulley systems for the movement of heavy stage sets all need to be considered and risk assessed. Negotiating changes in surface elevations and any uneven floor surfaces, cracks and broken tiles can all pose a fall risk. Not mentioning the tripping risks associated with floor mats, frayed carpets and uneven door thresholds.

Theatre lighting

Ensuring there is adequate illumination within your workplace is essential to help reduce the risks of accidents, but it can be a challenging issue for theatres where lighting plays an integral role in setting the mood and focus for stage performances. Lighting requirements should be researched for your needs because there is no one-size-fits-all solution for this.

Let’s face it, this is all mind-boggling stuff and it is your duty as a theatre manager to detail down to the finest minutia any tripping, slipping and fall risks posed to your staff and visitors and manage them effectively.

Keeping on top of risk assessments

With the ever-changing theatre environment, it is crucial that you have a robust risk assessment programme in place. This means constantly having to conduct new risk assessments each time you stage a new production to ensure the ongoing safety of both staff and theatre goers.

Using Blue Lemon Health & Safety management software you can record and manage all of your risk assessments. We have made it as easy as possible for you to keep on top of your theatre risk assessments:

  • Create templates for common Risk Assessments
  • Record Risk Assessments by site and by department
  • Set review frequency for Risk Assessments
  • Log all hazards for each Risk Assessment
  • Log hazard severity, likelihood and risk rating
  • Add control measures for each hazard
  • Add actions for each hazard to reduce severity, likelihood and risk rating
  • Review historical changes to all Risk Assessments
  • Download and print Risk Assessments in a PDF format

For more information about how our H&S software can help you manage your theatre risk assessments, please use the Contact Us form or give us a call.