Generic Risk Assessment – Part A May 2008
Assessment summary details Reference: JSS 55
Division Journalism Departments Newsgathering, TV and Radio
Programmes, Online, Nations &
Regions news programmes, Global
Series / Production / Unit Journalism Safety Series Programme / Area All news gathering work on location
for gathering news and for BBC News programmes
news programme work on including multimedia productions
location e.g. TV, Radio and Online.
Responsible Manager BBC Journalism Board Contact office BBC Safety. Internal: 0464
Address / tel. Address / tel.
BBC Safety Journalism External: +44(0) 370 411 0464
Date assessment created Series created May 2008 Sign-off status Corporate Generic Risk Assessments
Risk assessment title Environmental Risk
Simple name for reference purposes
Outline of risk assessment Journalists and programme makers can visit areas or individual locations in the UK and internationally there
Summary of what is proposed is a small risk that their presence on site or work can cause harm to the environment by leaving items or
substances, creating environmental pollution or disturbing vulnerable flora or fauna.
This advice relates to work on location only, underlying considerations e.g. selection of vehicles and
procurement of equipment are managed through departmental and Corporate routes.
Liaise with hosts to ensure any local environmental risk assessments and controls are followed.
Overall risk level (when all controls Report any environmental incidents through the myRisk accident reporting system.
are in place)
Low Medium High
Assessment start date May 2009 Review / End date May 2010
Country location UK and International Hostile / travel If location at which the activity takes place is
advisory? in a HE or travel advisory area, further risk
assessment and consultation with BBC
Safety must take place.
Location details Variable
Key crew / team Individuals working at News locations are responsible for acting responsibly at all times in regard to
Roles, responsibilities, competencies environmental impact.
Attachments Link to Gateway: Environment issues
Upload supporting documents
Assessor Newsgathering and Safety JSG Assessor safety Chartered Safety Practitioners (CIOSH) and
Team competence experienced News location managers.
Person drafting risk assessment
Authoriser / Job role Stephen Gregory Date signed-off May 2008
Person responsible for sign-off Head of BBC Production Safety
Distribution Assessment is communicated through Journalism Safety Guide [JSG] and is available on BBC Gateway site.
Who gets a copy of the assessment
Who by Date / time Comments Assessor response Date/ time
Louise Bisdee June 09 Risk rating added and light revision in line Incorporated into risk assessment June 2009
with 2nd Ed of JSG and current contact list
Risk Assessment Form – Part B May 2008
What are you doing? Who is involved? Environmental effect How are you going to prevent this happening?
Activity title: Journalists, programme Damage to vulnerable sites Take advice from managers / custodians of site or the environment agency.
makers, staff and or sites of special scientific
Visiting area or freelancers. interest
location to cover
Description: Damage to local Remove rubbish from site or dispose of in appropriate bins and recycling facilities.
Journalists and programme
environmental Avoid damage to local vegetation and environment when parking and setting up position.
makers cover stories and
events where their presence Spills of fuel from Vehicles and equipment maintained in a safe condition.
may have an environmental
generators or vehicles Park away from vulnerable water sources.
Use spill kit in vehicle.
Fumes Minimise time spent with vehicle engine running whilst stationary.
Limitations / restrictions: Nuisance noise Position vehicles and equipment considerately to minimise nuisance noise.
A pre activity recce is not
always practical; so teams
must make additional ‘on the
spot’ decisions when on
location and tell the RO or
deployer of increased risks
and any new controls.
Sites of special
may require additional
Action Plan: Communicate results of risk assessment through Journalism Safety Guide.