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Health & Safety On Tour

What should a Risk Assessment for touring and performing away from your main place of work look like

A Risk Assessment (RA) should be taken well in advance of any tour. The responsibility is on your employer to carry out a RA of a tour and the individual places where your performances will be held.

Before the tour, safety reps should request a copy of the RA their employer should have undertaken, and check with the MU for advice on whether it is adequate.

If we can get an early sight of the RA, we can assist in making sure all the issues are covered. Where there is no RA, ensuring one is provided must be a priority before the tour starts.

If you have concerns about touring health & safety matters, you should get in contact with the MU’s Live Department by emailing live@theMU.org. If you are an Orchestral safety rep you should get in touch with orchestral@theMU.org.

Risks to consider when planning a tour

It is the responsibility of your employer to undertake and provide the RA, but it may be useful to know the basics of what it should cover. Being familiar with these potential risks may also help in the initial planning of a tour.

The following should be taken into consideration when planning any tour:

Some of these issues may require more detailed consideration where risks are higher. For example, security issues can vary greatly from place to place, both for individuals and for the group as a whole.

Medical provision on tour

If there is no doctor travelling with the group, then access needs to be arranged in advance to a doctor with specialist knowledge of musicians and in whom all parties have trust and confidence. This could simply be a contact who is available to give advice at all times by phone.

There may be excellent medical advice available locally, but finding it – and all parties having confidence in it – can present problems, particularly when swift responses are important. Having a pre-arranged doctor to contact may help with talking to local medical practitioners about the particular case.