It’s not unusual for directors and media-makers to engage in fast-paced productions that are often times on a shoe-string budget. But it’s imperative that everyone on the set is responsible for risks and hazards, and production should never be at the expense of personal safety. Please be mindful of these important practices that need to be implemented by filmmakers everywhere.
- General Causality – Involves safe placement of sets, props and equipment; the prop master should give a daily report regarding the day’s props and any hazardous threats related to them.
- Electrical Hazards – Large amounts of electricity are used for lights – there’s danger of blowing out and overloading circuits, and even starting a fire or electrocution. The lighting person should be familiar with capacity limits and safe procedures for using electricity. If you are using more than two 650 watt bulbs or one 1000 watt bulb on a single home electrical circuit, you are in danger of blowing out the circuit.
- Fire Hazards – Powerful lights near flammable materials, smoking on set with paper and flammable materials, and using lighters without authorization can result in a fire.
- Firearms – Any time guns with live ammunitions are used on the set, a licensed firearms expert is required by law to be present on the set supervising the scene.
- Animals – Snakes and deadly animals can be a hazard on the set and you must have an exotic animal handler to work with these. Additionally, ordinary household animals must be treated safely or there could be legal action from the Humane Society.
- Children, the Elderly, and the Disabled – A parent or guardian must be with participating children at all times, and minors can only film so long without having a break. Special precautions need to be made on the set for the elderly and disabled – passage from one part of the set to another must not be impeded for either.
- Stunts – If an actor hurts themselves doing a stunt, you could be liable. Any stunts, even minor ones, need to be planned out and rehearsed so no one is hurt.
- Alcohol or drugs – Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs can seriously impair an individual’s judgement and reactions leading to an increased risk of accidents and injuries occurring on set.