What health and safety considerations are there?

Health and safety issues are often dealt with in a separate document called ‘the tenant’s handbook’.  Make sure you receive a copy of this and that any issues not addressed in your lease are mentioned in this document.

Fire certificates have been replaced by fire risk assessments, commissioned by the landlord and available for inspection by the local fire officer and any occupier of the building. A ‘resident manager’ for the studios (often another artist) is usually preferable to deal with on a day-to-day basis should problems arise, as they will be more accessible than contacting the landlord in person.

Some landlords offer additional benefits to artists, such as organising open studios, common rooms and additional facilities or equipment (such as printing facilities).

For more guidance on health & safety in the workplace, and an index for specific materials and their regulation, the Health & Safety Executive produce a very helpful A to Z guide on their website.

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This article is from the Artlaw Archive of Henry Lydiate's columns published in Art Monthly since 1976, and may contain out of date material. The article is for information only, and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. Readers should consult a solicitor for legal advice on specific matters. Artists can get free online legal information from Artquest.