1st Option Safety Group is the leading provider of safety advice, support, training and equipment to the media and entertainment sector.



Safety, fire and security services to TV and film production, venues and events  (we have corporate clients too!).

  • Policy, systems, risk assessments
  • Online, telephone and consultant support
  • Safety, fire and security audits
  • Venue and event safety management
  • Premises and facilities Health and Safety

High Risk

Support to news and productions in hostile environments, high risk assignments and operating in remote or extreme locations.

  • Online country pages and tools
  • High risk advice and planning support
  • Experienced field security advisers
  • Remote area paramedics
  • 24/7 tracking, monitoring and response


Safety, fire, first aid and security training for groups or individuals. Equip your staff with all the knowledge and skills they need.

  • Production safety
  • Venue and event safety
  • Hostile Environment and First Aid
  • Bespoke travel security and safety
  • General H&S, Fire and First Aid

Safety Stores

A full range of production safety equipment for sale or hire. Stores in London and Bristol or delivered wherever you need.

  • Working at height or on water
  • Fire safety equipment
  • Body armour and helmets
  • Individual and team medical packs
  • Riot gear and chem bio protection
  • Survival and outdoor equipment


If you saw it on TV, in a cinema or at a live event the chances are we provided the safety support to make it happen.

  • TV drama, entertainment and comedy
  • News, factual and reality
  • Film
  • Theatre, ballet and opera
  • Sports events
  • Concerts and festivals

Our Team

Thirty full-time risk management professionals and a network of associates available to support you 24/7.

  • IOSH accredited safety advisers
  • FPA qualified fire risk assessors
  • Experienced high risk advisers and trainers
  • Licensed field security advisers
  • SR paramedics and Remote EMT medics
  • Media security specialists

Latest News

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New: Drone Fundamentals Training Course

consortiqDrones have rapidly become an indispensable tool in the media environment. But they bring with them a minefield of regulations and hazards. In half a day, the Drone Fundamentals course tells you what you need to know about planning a drone shoot safely and effectively, covering the basics of law plus a guide to the technology available to programme makers.


Some of our clients….

A ‘One-stop’ Safety Shop

Our services range from high level policy and process development through online and telephone practical advice and onsite support.

We work on some of the biggest TV and film productions in entertainment, drama, remote factual and news.

We support theatres, venues and events as well as a range of corporate clients’ premises and operations.

Our in-house team of 30+ risk management professionals are ready to help you with whatever health and safety, fire, ‘high risk’ or security challenges you face.

Why 1st Option Safety?

UK health and safety law requires all employers to:


  • Have risk assessments in place
  • Have a source of competent advice
  • Make arrangements to manage safety
  • Provide training to employees
  • Set up emergency procedures
  • Work with others sharing the same space
  • Investigate and report accidents.

We can help you with all those requirements, and we aim to help you do the things you didn’t think could be done safely.

Our Services Model

Our low cost annual retainer gives you the source of ‘competent advice’ required by law.

It provides access to all our online safety and high risk resources including our A-Z of safety advice, Pre-vetted Contractor List, Forms and Checklists, Hostile Environment Country Pages and advice.

It provides 24/7 telephone and email safety advice from our fully qualified and experienced team.

Retained clients receive a significant discount on all our training, equipment and on-site advice services.

Our Partners

We work with some trusted partners to provide a full range of safety related services.


Global security support in challenging environments.  Up to the minute intelligence for broadcasters, close protection, highly trained, experienced and well equipped media security advisors providing security and medical related intelligence, advice and protection.


Expedition specialists, facilitating challenging, remote location or extreme environment shoots. From the freezing wastes of the high Arctic and Himalayas, to stifling Jungles and inhospitable Deserts, Max Adventure allow you to focus on what you do best…making great films.


IRATA Rope Access, Extreme Locations Rigging, Filming Support & Supervision, Technical Rescue Cover, Driving, Security, Medical, Stunt Rigging & Support