This form is from the cross-industry Theatre Safety Committee. It is intended to help the sector to understand the type and number of accidents and near-misses that occur in order to help prevent accidents in the future. Please use this form to report any incidents in your organisation - the form is anonymous.
The UK benefits system provides a range of payments to assist parents, the sick and others. This helpsheet provides an overview of some payments that are paid directly by employers to employees and explains how (and when) they can be reclaimed.
This ITC helpsheet provides guidance on helping your employees with childcare issues. Using this policy will help to ensure that working parents are not discriminated against - even unintentionally - because of their childcare requirements.
This Code, agreed by ITC and Equity, provides guidance on good practice for auditions including disabled access, data protection and health and safety issues.
In 1995 the Disability Discrimination Act was passed providing redress for disabled people who were discriminated against in their employment, when they required access to goods, facilities, services, public transport or (a later addition) education. This is a wide brief and it has taken almost 10 years for the Act to be fully implemented. This ITC helpsheet is intended as an introduction to the main issues involved in this important topic.
From time to time, for one reason or another, an employee may be dismissed. This should always be undertaken precisely and carefully. Mishandled dismissals can lead to disputes, which may undermine company morale, distract from the work at hand and be costly. In addition, the law gives employees many rights, which effectively provide for job security; breach of these may lead to tribunals or even to court. This ITC helpsheet introduces the main issues to consider when dismissing an employee.
Driving is a vital part of touring for many ITC members, there is a wide range of legislation which affects who can drive, what they can drive, conditions for driving and driving offences.
This help sheet provides a draft equal opportunities policy and monitoring form.
ITC's draft policy to ensure Equal Opportunities in casting.
Tallescopes have long been and remain one of the methods for Working at Height in Theatres, however, they should not be regarded as the default or first choice tool for working at height. You should always refer to the hierarchy for the selection of equipment for work at height outlined in the Work at Height Regulations 2005. It is recognised that in some circumstances the Tallescope will be the most appropriate means of gaining access to height and in those cases it is important that stringent conditions are in place. These are outlined in this document.
Concern for health and safety should be a basic of good management practice. You should always provide and maintain safe and healthy working conditions, equipment and systems of work and ensure that staff are aware of these. The first step is to draw up a policy - this ITC helpsheet offers guidance.
Employers have a duty under the law to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all their workers - this helpsheet looks at the legal duties both employers and workers have, prevention of injury and what the main hazards are likely to be.
ITC Members have traditionally forged alliances beyond the UK, both by touring overseas and by using foreign artists. There are many issues which needs to be considered when bringing in workers from overseas and when taking your company abroad, this ITC helpsheet focuses specifically on the legal aspects.The latest advice from the UK Borders Agency is also attached for reference, please note that the visa fees quoted increase from 6 April 2010.
A few years back ITC staged a conference entitled “Living in Interesting Times”, since then the times have become steadily more and more “interesting”. The current economic climate means that public funding for the arts has diminished, charitable funds are over-stretched and the public probably can’t afford to go out as much.
It's time, it seems, for everyone to step back and think about change.
Work on raked stages can produce strong dramatic effects, but they can play havoc with performers' backs. Concern about injury and discomfort led Equity to draft a Code of Conduct for the Use of Rakes in Theatrical Performances. This Code has now been adopted by the Theatre Safety Committee - a cross industry body representing management bodies and unions - which is strongly recommending its use.
There is an increasing amount of legislation about fair recruitment practice and equal opportunities. Balancing this against the limited resources of many small and middle scale arts organisations and putting them in the context of practice in this sector may at times seem difficult or confusing. This helpsheet provides information on legal requirements and guidance on compliance.
It is impossible (and possibly dull!) to have a completely risk free existence, however, effective risk management can reveal opportunities as well as threats - improving performance as well as helping to avoid accidents or disaster.
What are they for? What should they cover? When are they legally binding?
This Code of Practice is intended to establish best practice in the industry, to improve communication and ultimately to reduce accidents and near-misses.
In the competitive worlds of the arts and media many practitioners start their career as volunteers. The line between gaining experience and exploitation is a fine one. This helpsheet explains what you need to consider in order to ensure that you are offering unpaid workers a real learning experience that is fair and legal
The Working Time Regulations are intended to provide basic rest breaks, holiday rights and maximum working hours (working time) and in this way to promote health and safety.
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