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Health and Safety

Health and safety is vital for musicians and you need to know how to protect yourself in order to safeguard your career.

The following pages give advice on issues such as how to protect your hearing, how to avoid accidents whilst performing and how to take care of your mental health and emotional wellbeing in what can be a stressful and uncertain industry.

Quick guide to health and safety

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.