Safety Is A Right Not A Privilege
Many crew may believe that safety is an issue for the Safety Supervisor (should there be one), &/or the 1st AD, &/or their Department Head. This is not the case.
The Film Industry Recommended Safety Code (1983) states that “the primary responsibility for safety will fall on the production company, and that the production company agrees to make every reasonable provision for the safety and health of employees whilst at work. However, under various Australian Occupational Health and Safety regulations, all employees and employers have a legal responsibility to make the workplace a safe one.
In Western Australia employees (and sub-contractors) all have a rights and obligations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984. Employers have a responsibility to provide and maintain, as far as practicable, a safe working environment.
From a crew perspective, if you feel unsafe, see a situation that you perceive as unsafe to yourself or a colleague you have a moral and legal obligation to speak up. The tragic death of camera assistant Sarah Jones in 2014 is an example where crew did not speak up.
Remember that all crew have the right not to work where they feel they are at unreasonable risk.
The Media and Entertainment Arts Alliance have been working on a draft Screen Production Workplace Safety Code for a number of years. Follow this link to view:
Education and training play a large part in developing safety awareness. However, the key to a safe workplace cannot be found in any one safety report, manual or book, but in individual attitudes and the implementation of well-structured safety and health policies and procedures.
Remember that Safety is everyone’s responsibility – so don’t let your actions or inaction be responsible for causing harm to yourself or a colleague.