25 Bluehouse Lane, Oxted, Surrey
Safe Use of Hazardous Equipment and Substances
Risk 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
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.
At 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
- Should never be
used at frequencies above 8Hz.
- Must not be used
for more than twenty seconds at a time.
- If more than one
strobe is used they must be synchronised together.
- Warning notices
must be placed in the programme and theatre entrances.
- Never use until
- Parts of the machine
get very hot - use gloves and do not store until cooled down.
- Never leave switched
on for long periods nor unattended.
- Avoid firing directly
at people, fabrics or equipment and the operator should always have
a clear view.
- Never 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 technique.
- Be aware of any
smoke detectors that may be set off.
- Make sure that
all stage crew and cast are aware when smoke is going to be used.
- Store in the special
container provided, removing only the amount required at a time - this
should be transported and stored in the cool box provided.
- Use gloves at all
- Ensure the bolier
is up to temperature and that there is no risk of scalding.
- Make sure that
all stage crew and cast are aware when dry ice is going to be used.
Lasers can only
be used by a trained operator
Smoke effect canisters
- see under Smoke Machines
- Handling, 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.
- Hirers must notify
the Theatre Manager prior to the commencement of their hiring of their
intention to use pyrotechnics during performances.
- Only approved equipment,
readily available on hire from theatrical suppliers, may be used. The
theatre does not provide any special equipment.
- Only small theatrical
flash devices may be used and the pod must be sited at least 30cm from
potentially combustible materials, in particular fabrics.
- One person (for
each separately located device) who is trained in the operation of pyrotechnics
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
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.