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Health and Safety - The Basics

Quick guide to health and safety

On this page you will find information about:

  • Issues regarding health, safety and welfare at work
  • MU safety reps

The demands of the music industry often place a range of pressures on musicians, which can sometimes result in physical or psychological strain.

The MU knows this and the Union is fully committed to ensuring that the health, safety and welfare of its members are maintained. The Union provides members with a range of services designed to achieve this in partnership with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine and the Musicians’ Hearing Services.

Each MU Regional Office is set up to deal with health and safety issues and members should use theirs as the first point of contact for assistance and guidance.

Dave Webster, MU National Organiser, Live Performance

Risk Assessment — The key piece of legislation is the Health And Safety At Work Act 1974. Under the Act, Risk Assessments — in this case a proper assessment of the potential health and safety issues that apply to your working situation — are paramount.

Protect your ears — Hearing damage is a major hazard so protect your ears at all times. Under The Control Of Noise At Work Regulations 2005, your employer must also take steps to protect your hearing. If they don’t, they could face prosecution.

Fire safety — Always make sure you know the fire evacuation procedure for wherever you are working.

The perfect environment — The right to a healthy and safe working environment includes working in a comfortable temperature and with adequate lighting.

Equality at work — If you suspect that you may be the victim of bullying, stress or inequality, contact your MU Safety Rep as soon as possible.

Look after yourself — Be proactive in your health. Think about your posture, take regular breaks from rehearsals and don’t misuse drugs or alcohol.

MU Safety Reps — The MU has a team of reps dedicated to health and safety issues. If you have any queries or spot a problem, contact your Regional Office.