Health and Safety Research

When shooting in a studio there is a lot of risk to you as the photographer and to the model you are shooting. There are legal requirements and regulations the photographer must enforce in their workplace to make sure that they are working within a safe environment.

Electricity at Work Regulations (1989):

The Electricity at Work Regulations ensure the employer and self-employed regulate and monitor their electrical equipment. Items that are to be used within the workplace must be tested to ensure that they are safe and can be used on a daily basis without causing an electrical injury to the employees or the public.

IMAG0381This is a sticker on the plug, to certify that the electrical appliance and the plug has been tested, who it has been tested by and when it was tested. The environment and workplace will determine when the electrical products will be tested. In our studio we ensure each time the studio flashes and other equipment is working when we need to shoot. But they will all undergo a yearly electrical safety test to comply with the Electricity at Work Regulations.

Health and Safety at Work Act (1974):

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 was introduced as the primary legislation to cover occupational health and safety in Great Britain. The Law imposes a range of duties of employers, the self-employed and employees; these are expressed as broad general duties in the Health and Safety at Work Act.

The Health and Safety at Work Act as the primary legislation covers a broad spectrum of workplaces. There is also secondary legislation and additional regulations when covering more specific industries such as construction, agriculture and railways.

IMAG0385 IMAG0384These images are of other safety features that are needed to comply with the health and safety at work act. The first two images are of the fire extinguishers in the studio. The signs are designed to glow in the dark if there is an electrical fault. These fire extinguishers are located by exits of the studio, which makes them easy to locate and access. There is also health and safety signage and posters promoting the safe practice within the Mid Cheshire College Photography studio. Before you can use the studio you must be given a quick induction by a photography tutor or the photography technician.


Risk Assessment:

When shooting in the studio there are a variety of hazards and considerations that must be taken into account to ensure my safety and the model’s safety. When shooting in the studio the lights will be off to prevent interaction with the exposure and shots, so visibility within the studio becomes harder for the photographer and the model. For the photographer they will be working within the dark and the model will be under a light and will not be able to see anything else.

  • As the photographer I will need to ensure the model is comfortable and take regular breaks to prevent strain on their eyes.

It is best practice in the studio for cables to be taped down or covered to protect them from being damaged and prevent the model or photographer from tripping.

  • I should ensure that the model is not epileptic or sensitive to light and to make sure that I use the correct lighting to accommodate their health conditions.
  • As visibility is lower and we have suspended lights on booms, the weights are at head height and can cause severe injury to a person who walks into them. I should ensure all weights are covered so that I (as the photographer) or studio assistants or the model do not bump our heads.
  • When putting the studio equipment away make sure to take care as it could be hot and could cause severe injury to someone.

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