the media and entertainment union
a sector of Prospect

New Health and Safety Guidance for BECTU members


Although the entertainment industry is classified by the Health and Safety Executive as "low risk", there are many hazards in the world of film, tv, broadcasting, theatre, cinema, and events. Accidents while working at height, and slips and trips, are the most common events reported to the HSE, but many other dangers exist in the industry.

The union has produced guidance for members and health and safety representatives, covering hazards that are common in, and sometimes specific to, the industry covered by the BECTU Sector of Prospect.

Health and Safety Guidance

Support for our members/reps

BECTU has an extensive network of safety representatives and encourages all members to take an active interest in health and safety. If you wish to find out more about health and safety or to take on the role of a safety rep, we can help with information on a range of authorised safety representatives courses.

Our policy is to require all our safety reps to undertake at least Stage 1 in order to receive formal union accreditation. If you are a safety rep you will have a legal right to paid time off for such training.

Support for our members and reps includes: 

  • Union safety reps are provided with a comprehensive, free information pack. This includes the TUC's extensive Hazards at Work compendium and the official Safety Representatives Regulations.
  • See the union's Health and Safety Handbook available to view/download from this page.
  • A regular bulletin for health and safety reps provides updates on health and safety matters relevant to our members. The most recent issues are attached to this page.
  • A series of health and safety advice cards for workers in film and TV production.
  • Co-operation with employers on the pan-industry Production Safety Passport.
  • Visit our links page and select Health and Safety for useful links.

For further information on the union's health and safety activity, contact Tony Lennon, research dept.
To find out more about training to become a health and safety rep contact Lesley Burt 

National Health and Safety Committee

Each BECTU division nominates representatives to attend the union's national health and safety committee which meets four times a year.  The committee is also open to co-opted representatives from BECTU branches, subject to the agreement of the NEC. To find out more about the work of the committee contact Tony Lennon, research dept.

Asbestos Register

The union runs a national asbestos register in conjunction with its lawyers, Thompsons. Legal assistance in cases of personal injury is just one of the union's core services. 

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