My favourite image is ‘Take Me Out”. The juxtaposition of the concept of the show – to compete for a grand night out – with the tackiness of a horse drawn fairy-tale princess carriage. The whole concept so indicative of Blackpool’s superficial tackiness.
Level 3 City and Guilds Digital Image Capture – Unit 305 Photo Image Capture
Assignment Title – Blackpool Induction Brief
Task 1 – Complete a Risk Assessment
For the first part of this brief, you must conduct a risk assessment of your trip to Blackpool. First, you should discuss what the general health and safety issues could be in relation to a photographic shoot. You need to decide what type of photography you wish to pursue in Blackpool and then evaluate the precautions you need to take whilst photographing on the night.
Outcome – A full risk assessment in a table and uploaded onto your website; see below.
Classroom review 06/10/15
The Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) identifies the legal obligations on employers and employees to ensure the workplace is safe by ensuring employers and employees and those self employed take responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of everyone at work.
Whilst photography may be considered by some to be relatively safe occupation health and safety risks do exist, must be assessed and mitigated such that the residual risks are reduced to a reasonable level.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, (“HSE”), the employer has overall responsibility for:
1 Preventing accidents and cases of work related ill health by managing the health and safety risks in the workplace
2 – Providing clear instructions and information and adequate training, to ensure employees are competent to do their work
3 – Engaging and consulting with employees on day-to-day health and safety conditions
4 – Implementing emergency procedures
5 – Maintaining a safe and healthy working environment, providing and maintaining plant, equipment and machinery and ensuring safe storage and use of substances
In short, minimising to a reasonable level, the risks to self and others from activities to be undertaken.
General Health and Safety issues pertaining to a Photographic Shoot
According to Elysian Thoughts the generic risks relevant to a location based photographic shoot are:
1 – All photographers should ensure they have public liability insurance in case of accidents/injuries etc
2 – Make sure the car being used is insured for business use
3 – As mentioned earlier, contracts should be in place and signed by the customer
4 – Get the necessary permission for access and using particular area
5 – Risk assess the are where photography will be taking place
6 – Check for signage in place or fire precautions
7 – Ensure all involved in the shoot is aware of any concerns regarding health and safety
8 – Check all equipment is safe and fit for purpose to bring out on location
9 – Make sure anyone using the equipments are trained to use them safely
Thus equipment should be fit for purpose and in serviceable condition, everyone involved should be trained, aware of the risks and mitigation.
Health and safety starts by identifying what can harm what people in the work context, properly evaluating and documenting the the risks, closing down the mitigation actions in good time and regularly reviewing and identifying emergent risks as a normal part of activity.
The shoot strategy is to take a set of pictures depicting Blackpool at night during the illuminations. I have two alternatives. Firstly, shoot the illuminations from the beach, looking up towards the promenade. Whist this strategy alleviates trip and obstruction hazards it introduces other considerations regarding seawater level and tide times. The second and preferred alternative is to shoot the temporary illuminations as reflections in the windows of the permanent, all-year round amusement arcades. The temporary reflected in the permanent. The risk assessment is focussed on this shoot strategy.
The attached risk assessment uses the recommended format downloadable from http://www.hse.gov.uk/risk/risk-assessment-and-policy-template.doc The risk assessment process requires identification of risks and consequences, identification of mitigation actions owned by named personnel and time-bound.
The main areas of risk for the specific location shoot are injury resulting from trip hazard from obstructions in low lighting conditions, general poor visibility, personal safety and the close proximity to moving traffic.
Completing the identified risk assessment has identified the risks, identified reasonable mitigation activity and therefore reduced the risks of a location shoot in Blackpool to an acceptable level.
Formal Risk Assessment
|reference||what is the hazard?||who might be harmed & how?||what is the mitigation?||who actions the mitigation?||mitigate by when?|
|01||Trip over tripod||Public||Be aware of it is a criminal offence to obstruct free passage and ensure free passage is maintained. Be vigilant for pedestrians likely to trip over tripod. Apply reflective material to tripod. Consider using monopod||Ian Walker||14/10/15|
|02||Trip over equipment bag||Public||Be aware of it is a criminal offence to obstruct free passage and ensure free passage is maintained. Be vigilant for pedestrians likely to trip over equipment bag. Apply reflective material to bag. Consider using photographers vest to hold equipment.||Ian Walker||14/10/15|
|03||Obstruction of walkway||Public||Be aware of it is a criminal offence to obstruct free passage and ensure free passage is maintained at all times.||Ian Walker||14/10/15|
|04||Flash blinding||Public||Dont use flash – shoot using ambient light at high ISO’s||Ian Walker||14/10/15|
|05||Attempted robbery||Self||Minimise equipment. Be vigilant. Do not leave equipment/bag on floor or take eye of equipment/bag. Consider using photography vest to hold equipment. Carry personal alarm to raise alarm.||Ian Walker||14/10/15|
|06||Abuse or attack||Self||Be sure of photographer rights in respect of taking pictures in a public space, harassment and privacy. Be prepared to delete images to diffuse situation. carry personal alarm to raise alarm.||Ian Walker||14/10/15|
|07||Moving vehicles on the roads||Self||Take extra care in or avoid close proximity to moving vehicles. Use reflective clothing||Ian Walker||14/10/15|
|08||Moving trams on the tracks||Self||Take extra care in or avoid close proximity to moving vehicles. Use reflective clothing||Ian Walker||14/10/15|
|09||Poor visibility due to low light levels or bad weather||Public||Use reflective clothing||Ian Walker||14/10/15|
|10||Inclement weather||Self||wear suitable clothing and protect equipment||Ian Walker||14/10/15|
|11||Poor visibility due to low light levels or bad weather||Self||Use torch to aid visibility||Ian Walker||14/10/15|
|12||Inability to summon help||Self||Ensure mobile phone is charged||Ian Walker||14/10/15|