HSE (GB) has reported that 1 September is the deadline by which theatre owners should have had their suspended plaster ceilings inspected by a specialist to ensure that they are safe.
New guidance about this which was co-written with HSE (GB) following the collapse of the Apollo Theatre ceiling in 2013, can be found on the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) website from the following link:
- Advice to Theatre Owners and Managers regarding Suspended Fibrous Plaster Ceilings; Survey, Certification and Record Keeping
If you have not managed to get your ceiling inspected within this period you are advised to contact your licensing authority (normally the appropriate Local Authority) to discuss how you can demonstrate that the ceiling is safe for an audience to sit beneath.
The hazards from suspended plaster ceilings are not limited to theatres or places of entertainment but will be present in any building with this type of construction. Those responsible for premises with suspended plaster ceilings are strongly advised to read the ABTT guidance referred to above.
The HSE (GB) safety bulletin is available to view at the following link: