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Health & Safety Updates

In June 2020 FST convened an advisory group to provide clarity on Health and Safety matters for theatres & theatrical producing companies relating to COVID-19. 

The group will be meeting regularly in the coming weeks and months to collate and signpost to the most current and pertinent Government, professional and union guidance and we will publish new resources and advice in our resources section as they become available.

For further information on the working group please contact: amanda.liddle@scottishtheatre.org

To sign up for the UK Theatre/SOLT/ FST ‘See it Safely’ Toolkit click here.

Scottish Government Guidance

The following Scottish Government guidance is available:


UK Government Guidance

The UK Government guidance for people who work in performing arts, including arts organisations, venue operators and participants can be found here.

*Please note that this guidance is not applicable in Scotland, however, it is similar to the Scottish Government guidance and may be useful for reference. FST continues to advocate for as close an approach as possible across the UK sector.

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Health & Safety Executive Guidance

The Health & Safety Executive general COVID-19 guidance to help businesses work safely during the outbreak is located here.

This site includes a sample risk assessment of things to consider.

HSE Making your workplace Covid secure information is here 

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Professional Bodies Advice & Guidance

The Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) is the UK’s principal professional body for backstage workers. They publish widely used guidance notes for many theatrical production and backstage activities. Their guidance notes 101 & 102 (COVID-19 Risk Assessments for Returning to Work in Places of Entertainment) can be downloaded here.

ABTT have now published their guidance note 103 Production and Technical Departments Safe Working Procedures and can be found here.

The ABTT also have a number of resources including example documents for arts organisations and commercial suppliers planning and risk assessment documents located here.

SOLT & UK Theatre have created an online platform which highlights a range of live and recorded webinars to equip the theatre industry with the tools to begin rebuilding after the COVID-19 lockdown ends, it also hosts links to Theatre specific Health and Safety Training. It is located here.

The Costume in Theatre Association has created safe return to work guidance and checklist – login (free) required to access.

The Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers has issued guidance on safely reoccupying buildings. They have specific guidance on ventilation a key part of managing the risks associated with Covid-19. You can find the link here

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Unions Advice & Guidance

All of the UK Unions have produced guidance for their members on returning to work and working safely with Covid-19. Each of the major arts unions guidance is listed below:



A number of training providers are now offering Covid-19 Awareness Training as well as Compliance Training.  The H&S Group will continue to review these and links will be posted here, for the moment we will post-training by industry or professional bodies.