Case 216 - Announcement at theatre stated "for health and safety reasons use of flash photography and video recording equipment is not permitted"
The enquirer was taken aback by the announcement before a theatre performance that "For Health and Safety reasons the use of flash photography and video recording equipment was not permitted".
Health and safety at work legislation does not require a ban on flash photography or video recording equipment. This appears to be more a case of the theatre protecting revenue from the selling of their own visual images, or stopping what is a nuisance to members of the audience and a distraction to the performers (or both). The theatre should be honest about the real reason rather than using the excuse "for health and safety reasons".