Safety guide helps journalists to cut through red tape

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A new safety guide released by the BBC this week will help busy journalists to avoid the ‘pointless paperwork’involved with filling out risk assessments, BBC in house magazine Ariel reports.

The safety guide and revised training package will cover around 50 routine activities normally carried out by journalists, with the most familiar pre-assessed. This will cut down on the paperwork journalists must fill out before going on an assignment

Journalists on high risk deployments, or those deemed outside the guide’s ‘familiar and routine’category, will still need bespoke assessments.

Fran Unsworth, head of newsgathering said: ‘We were concerned that the risk assessment process should be much easy and not engage people in pointless paperwork.”

Paul Greeves, head of safety, added: ‘It’s about adopting a more common sense approach to safety.”

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