25 Bluehouse Lane, Oxted, Surrey
Safe Use of Hazardous Equipment and Substances
Assessment for any of the activities below that require greater than ordinary
care must be completed by the Hirer for every show and be available immediately
on request by the Duty Manager or any Barn Trustee
guidance gives basic practical advice on the safe use of weapons, including replicas
and deactivated weapons. It is not a substitute for proper instruction and training
or an exact interpretation of the law. However, following this advice will help
ensure the safety of all concerned.
weapon is any object designed to inflict bodily harm, including firearms, bows
and sharp edged instruments, such as swords and knives.
Firearms are weapons
that discharge explosive gases (blanks), pellets by compressed air (air pistols/rifles)
or any form of projectile, including shotgun pellets, bullets, musket balls, etc.
A replica weapon (prop) is one designed to look like a weapon but is not capable
of inflicting bodily harm. A deactivated weapon is one in which the mechanisms
to cause harm have been removed or disabled.
Armourer is an appointed member of the Hirers stage crew responsible for all weapons
and the provision of primary first aid (unless specified otherwise) and will normally
either be the person responsible for Properties or the Stage Manager.
If a weapon is lost or stolen
the local police must be informed immediately. No one may be permitted to leave
the theatre until the weapon is recovered or the police arrive and have granted
permission for those involved to leave.
associated with firearms are:
objects, e.g. shotgun pellets, bullets, arrows.
firing after misfires.
People have been severely injured or killed by blanks.
associated with firearms and other weapons are:
response to apparent emergency.
Armourer must be present whenever a firearm, arrow, projectile or missile is being
competent sword fight arranger may be appointed to take responsibility for the
safe use and storage of swords (responsibility for storage can be that of the
training is required in the safe use of all types of weapons.
sword fight arranger will provide training and choreography for sequences under
a misfire occurs do not walk in front of the muzzle, as there could be a delay
in firing, caused by a slow burn lasting 2 seconds or more. In the event of a
misfire always check with the person in charge of the firearm(s).
Line of Fire
(cast, crew and audience) must be kept out of the line of fire. This includes
the use of blanks.
competent person must assess the possibility of exposure to noise above the Peak
protection must be used where the risk assessment has identified a risk of hearing
damage. Those behind the set should use ear defenders. If needed those on stage
may be provided with proprietary earplugs that provide adequate protection.
When a naked
flame is to be used during a performance a member of the stage crew must be positioned
in the wings with a fire extinguisher. The flame should be extinguished as soon
as possible. If this is done on stage then the item that has been burning, e.g.
a cigarette, must be put out and disposed of in a receptacle containing sand.
the earliest opportunity the item that was lit must be removed from the theatre
premises due to the risk of smouldering embers and checked to ensure that it is
completely extinguished and that it is impossible for it to re-ignite.
never be used at frequencies above 8Hz.
not be used for more than twenty seconds at a time.
more than one strobe is used they must be synchronised together.
notices must be placed in the programme and theatre entrances.
use until fully heated-up.
of the machine get very hot - use gloves and do not store until cooled down.
leave switched on for long periods nor unattended.
firing directly at people, fabrics or equipment and the operator should always
have a clear view.
use more smoke than necessary and avoid dense clouds forming over an audience
- small, frequent puffs, allowing time for dispersal, is safest and most effective
aware of any smoke detectors that may be set off.
sure that all stage crew and cast are aware when smoke is going to be used.
in the special container provided, removing only the amount required at a time
- this should be transported and stored in the cool box provided.
gloves at all times.
the bolier is up to temperature and that there is no risk of scalding.
sure that all stage crew and cast are aware when dry ice is going to be used.
can only be used by a trained operator
effect canisters - see under Smoke Machines
storage and control of pyrotechnics shall be the responsibility of the Hirer and
shall be in accordance with the ABTT Code of Practice 'Pyrotechnics and Smoke
Effects' (copy available on request) except as modified below.
must notify the Theatre Manager prior to the commencement of their hiring of their
intention to use pyrotechnics during performances.
approved equipment, readily available on hire from theatrical suppliers, may be
used. The theatre does not provide any special equipment.
small theatrical flash devices may be used and the pod must be sited at least
30cm from potentially combustible materials, in particular fabrics.
person (for each separately located device) is to be responsible for setting and
firing the device and must be positioned no more than 1.5m from the device, with
a clear view of it and the surrounding area.
Disclaimer: There can be no exceptions to the above absolute conditions of
use and the Barn Theatre will accept no responsibility in relation to the purchase,
storage or use of any pyrotechnics by any person at any time.