Our Health and Safety Club Member Liverpool & Merseyside Theatre Trust – Everyman/Playhouse consists of two creative, forward thinking and very popular theatres.
The Everyman Theatre on Hope St and Liverpool Playhouse on Williamson Sq. Both in Liverpool City Centre.
Due to the dynamic nature of the operations the theatres face some unique challenges. Some of which are discussed below.
- With production ever changing the internal structure of the building changes with it. New equipment, props, stages and layouts mean that safety management systems quickly become unsuitable.
- Along with the physical changes the new productions also bring a change in personnel. New actors, dancers, stagehands and other contractors mean that the workforce is often unfamiliar with the safety management system and the venue, posing a higher risk to them and those around them.
- As with any organisation who handles large numbers of the public, safe management of entry, use and exit of the facilities is a key issue. Unfamiliarity, alcohol use, complacency, age, disabilities and many other considerations make this a high risk group.
- Everyman went through a substantial and impressive redevelopment and reopening in 2014. This demanded a requirement to update a number of the theatres policies and procedures and the previous ones became unsuitable for the new venue.
So we continue to be challenged by the theatres to assist in developing safe systems of work which at the same time don’t compromise too much the creative nature of the operation.
This means that we have to work very closely with the theatre team.
We often attend a monthly management meeting at the Everyman to contribute on issues of Health and Safety and provide proposals for suitable solutions at the beginning of creative ideas.
Bespoke risk assessments are required to provide new safe systems of work for productions and equipment and we have worked to implement policies and procedures for the safe management of crowd including crowd control and even safe bee keeping procedures.
The changing workforce is managed through a combination of tailored policies, procedures, and training and information management.
As new employees come on board we provide the training required to integrate them safely into the team. Coupled with a strong information and responsibility sharing system right through from induction to renewal, this has meant that any new or short term staff are responsible and safe members of the team.
During the redevelopment and reopening of the Everyman in 2014 we played a key role in rewriting the emergency plans. This involved competed a fire risk assessment of the new site and full rewrite of all evacuation plans to suit the new layout.
We need to keep the theatre running in a safe and effective manner whilst not encroaching on the comfort and relaxed atmosphere theatre brings to its visitors and guests.
Vicki Adlard (Head of Administration) said..
“randr Safety Systems have provided a consistently excellent service both in terms of the practical advice they have given us, and the quality of their training. They were instrumental in helping us to ensure that safe systems of work were in place when we re-opened the Everyman in 2014.”