Activity / Process / Operation:
Taking photographs of people and products on location during COVID-19 pandemic, in light of the increased risk to persons during photographic work.
Identify the hazards (anything that can cause harm):
1. Person to person contact
2. Person to object/material contact (e.g. touching door handles, computers, chairs, cups etc)
Who might be harmed and how?
1. Member of public/client could be at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19, putting them at risk of serious illness.
What measures are in place to reduce the risk?
1. Photographer has referred closely to government guidance including but not exhaustively:
2. Photographer to maintain high levels of hygiene whilst working. This includes:
3. Photographer to maintain high levels of personal hygiene, including handwashing, at all times and to be alert of possible hygiene issues.
4. Ensure maximum number of persons involved in photographic process at any time. One photographer/ one client or more than one client only if social distancing can be maintained and/or the clients are from the same family group.
5. Photographer and client to maintain social distancing in line with government guidance. Photographer to achieve this by stepping back when the client enters the photographic space and directing them to position. Photographer and client to be alert to social distancing guidance and take personal responsibility for maintaining their own distance.
6. Client to maintain personal responsibility for their own hygiene practices inline with government ‘stay alert’ guidance:
7. Photographer to ensure a clear pathway from the door to the shooting area to ensure that client can move freely without make unnecessary or excessive contact with furniture/ objects in the room.
8. Contactless card payment including Apple Pay wherever possible.
What further action is needed to reduce the risk? (State actions)
Please note that although the photographer has put in place safeguards to minimize the risk of a client contracting COVID-19, it is not possible to eradicate the risk completely. Therefore, the client takes responsibility for their own personal health and safety and must make a personal risk assessment in order to identify whether they deem the residual risk to be too high.
In this risk assessment, the client should take in to account their own individual vulnerabilities, including whether they are within one of the ‘at risk’ categories as identified in government guidance.