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Sarah Davidson Employed by BBC since 2008. Local Government (10 years experience as an EHO). Specialist areas- exhibition and event safety, food safety,

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2 Sarah Davidson Employed by BBC since Local Government (10 years experience as an EHO). Specialist areas- exhibition and event safety, food safety, risk assessment, audit and compliance. Started part-time study, MSc in Occupational Safety ( ).

3 Ents Sector Laser Safety Risks? Review of BBC Laser Safety Incident – Dr Who 2010 Live theatre tour. Use of High Powered Class 4 Lasers for Display. Popularity of Audience Scanning. Competency of Laser Operators. Limited understanding of risk and responsibilities: - of Laser Operators, Directors, Production Managers, - to Audiences, Camera Operators and Performers. Potential Variation in risk depending on SFX creation and environment

4 Research Aims: To Advance the understanding of current challenges and barriers to safe display lasers. Process required: Reviewing Policy and Regulation Confirming Working Practices Applied in SFX Creation Confirming Interventions Applied by Regulators and Venues

5 Methodology 354 FOI REQUESTS Regulators SEMI-STRUCTURED INTERVIEWS All Respondents 66 QUESTIONNAIRES Laser Operators Venue and Event Managers

6 Results Active Inspection LA Notification Resulting Action 8 Informal Action - Warning letter 1 Informal Action- RA requested and compliance to HS(G) 95 2 Informal Action - Written and verbal advice requested compliance to HASAWA, COAORAW, MHSAWA. 5 Prohibition Notices – for use of class 3 and 4B laser use 1 Licensing Act intervention.

7 Conclusions Inconsistency. SFX use outside bespoke venues. Wider Exposure Risk. Wider Education.


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