June 23th, 2018
OiRA tools for the Live Performance Sector

Going beyond common sense in health and safety

If you are working in the Live Performance sector you will have encountered situations where health and safety issues for staff and performers were presented. The Live Performance sector encompasses artistic productions and workplaces with a diversity of elements to be considered in relation to occupational health and safety. When one considers the technical elements in relation to set, rigging and stage; the work being conducted above or below stage or in scenery workshops; the special elements or stunts and the artistic performance activities on the stage; the chemical and hazardous substances that may be used in special effects; frequent high noise levels; touring; the presence of an audience, it's clear that special,

The OiRA tools for the Live Performance sector have developed a roadmap to SME (small and medium enterprises) in the sector to address these challenges, to consider implementing policies, and to adopt measures and adopting approaches. encourage them to consider the aspects of their work that require safety management to protect those who work in this busy and varying environment.

What exactly are the OiRA tools for the Live Performance sector?

OiRA stands for Online Interactive Risk Assessment. It is a free web-based tool that allows a health and safety assessment of a workplace. The software has been developed by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work  to help sectoral social partners (employers 'and employees' organizations) and National authorities (ministries, labor inspectorates, OSH institutes, etc.) to produce sector-specific risk assessment tools. targeting small businesses.

The OIRA tools for the Live Performance sector were created through a joint action by the European Social partners in the Live Performance sector. On the employers' side, this is Pearle* - Live Performance Europe and on the workers' side this is the EAEA - European Arts and Entertainment Alliance. EAEA is the sectoral alliance bringing together the European bodies of the International Federation of Actors (FIA), the International Federation of Musicians (FIM) and UNI-MEI, Global Union for Media and Entertainment.

With the financial support of the European Commission, the social partners managed a project and together with project consultants and after a series of meetings, consultations and focus groups, and developed tools: an OiRA tool to be used by Venues Production companies.

 

It should be underlined that the tool is a European tool and does not address country specific legislation but makes reference to European legislation. The aim of the social partners is to promote the national level of development in the field of the Live Performance sector, which can be better adapted to the needs of the sector in every country and can also be helpful to touring productions.

The tools can be used to assess health and safety-related risks that may exist in relation to artistic production or in the workplace. The tools are structured in modules that are not relevant for your production or venue can be skipped. The user is asked to identify risks related to General Occupational Health and Safety, Stage related operations, Special considerations for performers, Special areas inside the venue, Special effects, etc ,, and evaluate them. In continuation the tool Provides a number of suggested means for controlling the risks. You can finally create your own venue or production specific action plan, assign tasks and propose timelines and budget implications for addressing the risks.

 

There is no need for specific preparation before starting to use the tools. However, since health and safety is a shared responsibility within an organization, you need to take care of the risk assessment, how are you going to be involved in the process, etc.

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