WHS in the Music Industry
Rose Training Australia discusses the WHS hazards of the music sector other than having to be around Robin Thicke on a regular basis.
If merely seeing a gif of Miley Cyrus’ twerking at the VMA’s hasn’t rendered you permanently bedridden, you are one of a handful of people who have survived what many are calling (or is it just us at Rose Training?) the music Apocalypse. But what about the people who have to work in the music industry day in day out? What about those poor sound engineers and stage managers at the VMA’s who had to endure their retinas slowly burning while we could hide behind the pause button on YouTube to recover from an early death? Other than the WHS hazard that is Miley Cyrus (and her weird teddy bear posse), there are many OHS/WHS hazards to be aware of when regularly working around music and other loud noises. Unlike industrial jobs where the noises are pretty unpleasant and it makes sense to protect yourself according to OH&S procedure, working with music is a pretty sweet sounding (literally) job so you’ll probably not even realise the work health and safety risks around you. Well, Rose Training Australia (as always) is here to help.
What are the OHS hazards of working within the music industry and how can we safeguard ourselves against them?
Rose Training Australia’s resident WH&S Cert IV and diploma trainer and expert Serge Rossignol has some ideas on this topic.
- One of the main WHS risks when working in the music sector is hearing loss. but other OHS/WHS hazards include drug and alcohol , related incidents, crowd control and the safe use of musical equipment.
- Of course, there are fewer OHS risks within the music sector when compared to, let’s say, industrial or mining jobs. But employees are still exposed to loud and prolonged noise, lifting heavy equipment, crazy strobe lighting (if it makes you feel whoozy after a three hour concert imagine the health and safety nightmare of having to do that repeatedly), electrical hazards and injuries from straining one’s muscles bumping in or out for a gig.
- Employers have a responsibility to provide a safe and secure work environment, where good WHS practises are encouraged and relevant information is provided. Employees must not endanger their colleagues and use OHS gear that is provided for them.
When working around loud music, WHS rules dictate to use a good quality pair of ear plugs that fit correctly. Also, take lots of breaks from the loud music and avoid being exposed to loud music for long periods of time.
- When working with electrical equipment, use WHS approved posture recommendations. Tape down leads and cables, and make sure the stage is solid. Nothing more awkward than a musician who falls through a stage and everyone thinking it is some kind of special stage effect. Also carry a torch with you at all times.
- Know where your emergency exits and entries are and don’t block them with equipment or instruments.
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