In this risk assessment, the client should take in to account their own individual vulnerabilities, including whether they are within one of the ‘at risk’ categories as identified in government guidance.
Activity / Process / Operation:
Taking photographs of people at weddings during COVID-19 pandemic, in light of the increased risk to persons at weddings.
Identify the hazards (anything that can cause harm):
1. Person to person contact
2. Person to object/material contact (e.g. touching door handles, chairs etc.)
Who might be harmed and how?
1. Member of public/client could be at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19, putting them at risk of serious illness.
What measures are in place to reduce the risk?
- Client meetings by video/telephone only
- Adhere to Government advice on safe working
- Keep a safe distance of 2 metres and 1+ metres only if 2m is not viable
- On arrival and departure at a location, wash hands or use sanitiser gel
- No hand shaking and to avoid all personal contact
- I ask people not to touch the camera, or any of the equipment
- Avoid touching surfaces or any items, unless absolutely necessary
- Use PPE when required to do so
- Wear mask on shoots with people indoors
- Stop work and self-isolate immediately if any symptom appear
- Adhere to the site Health & Safety Policy
- Report Covid-19 incidents to HSE via RIDDOR
- Make people involved in the shoot aware of all the above
What further action is needed to reduce the risk?
Please note that although the photographer has put in place safeguards to minimise the risk of a client contracting Covid-19, it is not possible to eradicate the risk completely. Therefore, the client takes responsibility for their own personal health and safety and must make a personal risk assessment in order to identify whether they deem the residual risk to be too high.