"All the world's a stage"

Branch host visit by the International Branches to The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

25 January 2017

"All the world's a stage" and The IOSH International Visitors and the Mid Shires Branch committee members were fascinated to see and hear the complexity of the management of health, safety and wellbeing in the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

What comes to mind when you think of the RSC? A world-class theatre company, a theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon? The reality also includes several hundred employees, working in hospitality, catering, retail, manufacturing, metal and woodwork, and construction as well as acting Public spaces that welcome hundreds of people daily, and productions touring the world.

Hayley Seddon, the RSC Health and Safety Manger, shared some of the current focus areas and key challenges and successes. The scale and complexity of the organisation may be large, but these themes will be familiar whatever size the organisation.

  • Managers are the people who must manage health and safety, the health and safety team is there to provide competent advice and to support the integration across the organisation
  • The active support of the senior management executive team is critical
  • Involving key managers and workers must happen from the start of any project

When closing the visit Les Pearce, Chairman Mid Shires Branch said. This visit was the second time the Mid Shires Branch has arranged this event and like the first, in 2014, it was such a valuable learning opportunity for all concerned.

Les thanked Hayley for the visit to the RSC and Tina Lee and Emily Kirby from IOSH Leicester for their help with the arrangements. Les also presented mementos to all the visitors and a certificate to each branch to mark the occasion.