Risk Assessment – Photography Studio
Tripping over wires from lights and other
electrical equipment that is plugged in.
Falling off ladder if it is used, or a chair or
Hot, bright studio lights – especially if ring
flash is used. As the light could get very hot if
someone touched it or if they are not used to
the bright flash light it could burn their eyes.
Electrocution due to misuse of plug sockets
and electrical equipment.
Lighting over heating or electrical misuse
could potentially cause a fire or electrical
Make sure that the wires are as out of the
way and tidy as possible. Also make sure that
when not shooting – prep time – the main
light is on to make sure that everyone can see
If something is used then make sure person
up the ladder has good balance and suitable
footwear on – no heels –and have someone
holding onto them and the ladder to help
Make sure people do not touch the lighting
by having them positioned far enough away.
Inform the model that the light will be bright,
and show them first before they use it giving
them time to adjust.
Make sure everything is organized and
plugged in, turned on, and set up before the
models and any crew gets to the studio so
that risk is reduced.
Turn off lighting or equipment that could
overheat when not in use to stop over eating
and shutting down.
If someone trips over, then assess their injury
to see if they need medical assistance.
If someone falls from the top of the ladder,
don’t move them and call emergency
services. If they fall of a low step then they
should be okay, but assess the injury.
If they lighting does affect their sight, give
them time to rest and focus their eyes. If they
touch the light, it should not over heat too
much and should not need any medical
If someone gets electrocuted, call emergency
services and get them immediate medical
If this happened then I would have to clear
the area, making sure everyone gets out
safely. I would also call emergency services
for a fire engine and potential medical