Health and Safety

Health and Safety

48Hours is committed to running a safe competition.

You are responsible for your own health and safety but we aim to help by providing links to information about your responsibilities and obligations and paperwork to assist with this.

On April 4, 2016, The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 came into effect which changed some of the terms, responsibilities and approaches to health and safety. An organisation called Screensafe, in conjunction with the NZ film industry has set up a series of guidelines for dealing with health and safety in the screen industry which can all be found on their website. 

While 48Hours is a competition and team members are not being paid you are all still responsible for making sure that everyone is safe.

Team leaders - you should look over the information on the Screensafe website and make use of the forms that are provided on that site to have a health and safety policy and hazard risk assessment in place. There is also a handy checklist and induction form for your team members and you should do a safety briefing with your teams at the start of the production. See below for how to assess your hazards and some things to look out for.

Risk assessment process for 48Hours

Screensafe website

Screensafe templates page

Health and Safety Policy

Screensafe Checklist

Health and Safety Officer

If you have questions relating to health and safety that is not on our website, please contact our Health and Safety Officer - Louise Spraggon. Louise is available between 7am - 7pm over the shoot weekend  - Email Louise 021 0276 4724


You must comply with all government restrictions and recommendations regarding covid-19. All the relevant information is available on the Unite Against Covid-19 website. 

If you do not comply with the restrictions your film will be disqualified. Check out rule number one on the Rules page.

Screensafe’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Standard and Protocol can be found at Screensafe COVID-19.

Your production should register at Screensafe COVID-19 Registration in order to assist MOH with contact tracing.

Assess your hazards 

Once you have a great script, think about the hazards you'll encounter in the shooting environment. Write them down and have a plan on how you will eliminate or minimise the risks of any accidents or incidents. Have a first aid kit with you and someone who knows the basics of first aid (study up before the shoot starts, just in case you need help before an ambulance can get to you) If you think something might be unsafe to shoot without specialist assistance, it probably is. Don't put yourself at risk, think of another way to shoot it. 

Filming in Public

Think about your use of the space you are in, and how public may perceive your group – for example, if you have effects, stunts, weapons being used, or people acting distressed or angry, post crew around your filming area to communicate and reassure public. If your activity could be seen or heard from a distance, you may need to contact your local police or fire station to let them know. If you are filming in front of a business, talk to the senior staff or owner to check this is okay, and make sure you do not obstruct potential customers from entering the business. If you’re filming in a reserve, park or beach, you must make sure you are obeying signposted rules and bylaws for the area – for example, obeying dog restrictions, fire bans, and track closures, following Kauri dieback prevention hygiene procedures.


Do not break the law by filming on roads, stopping or diverting traffic, or putting yourself or members of the public in dangerous or compromising positions. Make sure any vehicles you are using are driven and parked legally. Footpaths and public walkways should remain unrestricted for public access – gear should never obstruct a path, but it is okay to politely request pedestrians to hold for a minute or two while the camera is rolling. If you have Hi-vis vests wear them when working beside the road. No cameras should be placed on the road.

Fires and fireworks

Fires can easily get out of control in a home environment. If you intend using open flames of any sort in your production you must have adequate firefighting equipment available and watch the fire source at all times, never leave it unattended. For obvious reasons don't use fireworks out of season or inside! Check your fire alarm systems if you are using smoke effects or hazers, you may not be able to turn them off if they are triggered.


Be mindful of the noise you may create. Your neighbours won't thank you for shooting a screaming zombie scene at 3 in the morning! Think about scheduling your shoot to keep the louder scenes between 7am and 7pm. Check with your local council for their guidelines.


Be extra careful when filming anything above ground level. No hanging out of windows or climbing on the roof without the correct PPE. Always have your ladders held by someone and never stand on the top rung. You must comply with NZ safety regulations. See Screensafe guides on working at height.


So you have a pool? Great, but do remember working in and around water also carries a risk. Think about getting cold, who can and can't swim, what you will do if someone needs saving and keep those electrical items away from the pool edge. Screensafe offer a guide on water safety.


Keep in mind that 48Hours is tiring. Take regular breaks, share the work, accidents happen more frequently when you are fatigued.


No flying drones over private property without permission. You must maintain a line of sight on your drone at all times and no night flying. No drones to be used close to or on the road, this can cause a distraction to traffic and result in accidents. The police will not take kindly to this. See here for CAA drone flying regulations. 


Not to spoil the party atmosphere, but alcohol and filmmaking are not a good mix. Any drinks consumed on camera must be non-alcoholic. Stay sober this 48Hours and stay safe, celebrate once you are done. 

Stunts and guns

Please don't engage in activities that might result in emergency services having to waste their valuable time and risk getting called out to your shoot. Talk to your neighbours and call the Police if you plan to use weapons and keep them away from the public. Avoid stunts that could cause injuries. Use your common sense and stay safe.

Children and Animals

Please be aware that using children and animals on set is likely to cause additional hazards. You should identify these hazards and take steps to keep the children, animals and your team safe. This may include having a dedicated child chaperone or animal handler. You should also be aware that there are industry guidelines for the length of time children should be on set. These are outlined in  The Code of Practice for the Engagement of Cast in the New Zealand Screen Production Industry (Pink Book), which you can read here.