The School has a large number of specialist pieces of equipment. Please click on your programme area for details of each item. If you wish to use any equipment outside your programme area, please discuss it with a member of your technical team or Jonny Woolsey (Head of Technical Services).
Please note that a full induction must be carried out in conjunction with one of the Technical team before you are allowed to use any piece of equipment. To book an induction please use the tutorial booker link listed under each technician here.
The use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is mandatory whilst using certain pieces of equipment or carrying our particular tasks. Further details can be found here.
If you would like to borrow a piece of FTV equipment please discuss your requirements with your technical staff first and then complete a FTV Booking Form and submit it to the FTV/Media Production technical team at least 48 hours before you require the equipment.
Following induction all items listed under workshop machinery and handheld/portable equipment below have a risk category attached to them. These are categorised as:
A: may only be used by specialist staff;
B: may be used by students only under close, personal supervision;
C: may be used by students under general supervision i.e. a technician is in the workshop;
D: may be used by students without supervision.
For those items that require them a copy of each individual risk assessment and safe system of work can be accessed by clicking on the category text.
Additionally, the Technical team are always happy to answers questions if you're unsure at any time.
Make sure you follow these Dos and Don'ts when using any equipment and always ask if you're unsure:
- Ensure you have had the correct training / induction;
- Wear footwear appropriate for the activity i.e. no flip-flops or high heels when operating equipment;
- Make sure you know where the fire exits are and that they're kept clear at all times;
- Ensure that you know how to stop any piece of machinery in an emergency;
- Keep and leave the spaces clean and tidy;
- Be aware of others who may be working around you;
- Report any damage to one of the technicians immediately;
- Use extractor fans and vacuums to keep dust levels down as much as possible when working in the
- Art & Design workshops;
- Switch off any machine immediately if anything goes wrong.
- Ensure stage flats are secured appropriately and checked by a member of staff;
- Return any item you have borrowed, in the condition you borrowed it, within the agreed timescale;
- Read the relevant instructions, Safe Systems of Work and / or COSHH sheets.
- Use any equipment whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Walk away from any machine running on automatic feed;
- Keep sharp edged tools in your pockets;
- Wear headphones or use mobile phones whilst operating any machinery;
- Wear rings, watches or jewellery whilst operating any machinery and tie up loose hair;
- Clear swarf away with your bare hands or compressed air, use a vacuum cleaner;
- Work alone in any space;
- Stand on chairs or tables to gain access to anything out of reach;
- Use your own tools or equipment without checking with a technician that they are safe first;
- Use any piece of equipment you feel may be unsafe; report it to one of the technicians immediately;
- Loan any equipment to anyone; you are responsible for it and the other person may not know how to use it correctly;
- Connect a mains extension lead to another extension lead ('daisy-chaining'), ask for a longer lead;
- Lean on machines or equipment.