Production Courses

 

Our production safety training is the best in the industry. We offer a comprehensive range of courses that cover everything you need to ensure that your next production is safe.

Safe Management of Stunts

The course is aimed at all stunt professionals who want to achieve an understanding of how to operate a health & safety management system within stunts and how to demonstrate the assessment of stunt performers.

Designed to give stunt coordinators and performers an in-depth understanding of the key health & safety issues associated with stunt work, their role/responsibilities and how they interface with productions. The aim is to ensure the highest standards in stunt performances and safety.

Learning Type: Interactive session utilising multimedia presentation, review of real life incidents, syndicate exercises, group participation and discussion.

Duration: 1 day

The course concentrates on the practical aspects of safely managing stunt work:

  • Roles and responsibilities in stunt work, both within the stunt team, production and those outside
  • The potential pitfalls of risk management and how these may impact upon the success of setting up a stunt
  • Application of risk management principles using real-life case study examples
  • How to establish and maintain control through clearly defined occupational risk roles and responsibilities
  • How to demonstrate the assessment of safety competence of stunt professionals

 

Aims & Objectives:

  • A broad overview of the risk management issues to be considered during the coordination and performance of stunts, including hazard identification, risk assessment and good health and safety management
  • The opportunity to analyse and discuss the risk management techniques employed in stunt work including hazard identification and risk assessment
  • Discuss good health and safety management on location
  • Information about risk management policy and procedures, including how stunt coordinators and performers should interact with productions, their contractors and others
  • To provide information about the legal framework

This course is recognised by Skillset and The Production Safety Group and is an approved course the industry recognised Production Safety Passport (PSP) scheme – On completion of the course, you will receive a Health and Safety Passport valid for 3 years.

Once completed, an individual’s level of health and safety training can easily be demonstrated through access to the database, without the need for additional evidence or verification.

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Safe Management of Productions

For programme makers who are interested in learning about risk management techniques in television and film production.

This course is designed to give a broad overview of the health & safety issues to be considered when making programmes or films. The course will explain why health and safety is needed in production and give practical methods of how it should be managed.

Learning Type: Interactive session utilising multimedia presentation, review of real life incidents, syndicate exercises, group participation and discussion.

Duration: 1 day
Individuals can book on to our pre-scheduled courses

The course concentrates on the practical aspects of safely managing a production:

Roles and responsibilities in programme making, both within the production team and those outside
The potential pitfalls of risk management and how these may impact upon the programme making process
Application of risk management principles using real-life case study examples
How to establish and maintain control through clearly defined occupational risk roles and responsibilities to

 

Aims & Objectives:
A broad overview of the risk management issues to be considered during the making of programmes, including hazard identification, risk assessment and good health and safety management
The opportunity to analyse and discuss the risk management techniques used on production including hazard identification and risk assessment
Discuss good health and safety management on location
Information about risk management policy and procedures, including how productions should interact with their contractors and others
To provide information about the legal framework

This course is part of the industry recognised Production Safety Passport (PSP) scheme.  On completion of the course; you will receive a Health and Safety Passport.

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Health and Safety for Location Managers

This course is aimed specifically at Location Managers, Assistant Location Managers and Unit Managers who are interested in learning about risk management techniques in film and television production.

Designed to give you a broad overview of the health & safety issues to be considered when setting up and managing production locations. This course will explain why health and safety is needed in production and give practical methods of how it should be managed.

Learning Type: Interactive session utilising multimedia presentation, review of real life incidents, syndicate exercises, group participation and discussion.

Duration: 1 day

The course concentrates on the practical aspects of safely setting up and managing a location:
Roles and responsibilities in programme making, both within the production team and those outside
The potential pitfalls of risk management and how these may impact upon the programme making process out on location
Application of risk management principles using real-life case study examples
How to establish and maintain control through clearly defined occupational risk roles and responsibilities

 

Aims & Objectives:
A broad overview of the risk management issues to be considered on location during the making of programmes, including hazard identification, risk assessment and good health and safety management
The opportunity to analyse and discuss the risk management techniques used on location including hazard identification and risk assessment
Discuss good health and safety management and best practice
Information about risk management policy and procedures, including how productions should interact with their contractors, third party owners and others
To provide information about the legal framework

This course is part of the industry recognised Production Safety Passport (PSP) scheme.  On completion of the course; you will receive a Health and Safety Passport.

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Online Risk Awareness (RAW) Safety Training Module

This online course is aimed primarily at those starting out on a production and in a non-managerial role. It will act as a precursor to the Safe Management of Productions face-to-face course for those with designated responsibilities for formal risk assessments.

To enable programme makers to fulfil their due diligence requirements for risk assessment training. The course also aims to raise the awareness of health and safety on a production shoot, encourage crew to recognise when something is wrong and to change personal behaviours and attitudes towards health and safety while at work; to encourage behaviour-based safety.

Duration: 90 minutes typically

The course concentrates on the practical aspects of safely setting up and managing a location:
Roles and responsibilities in programme making, both within the production team and those outside
The potential pitfalls of risk management and how these may impact upon the programme making process out on location
Application of risk management principles using real-life case study examples
How to establish and maintain control through clearly defined occupational risk roles and responsibilities

 

Aims & Objectives:
A broad overview of the risk management issues to be considered on location during the making of programmes, including hazard identification, risk assessment and good health and safety management
The opportunity to analyse and discuss the risk management techniques used on location including hazard identification and risk assessment
Discuss good health and safety management and best practice
Information about risk management policy and procedures, including how productions should interact with their contractors, third party owners and others
To provide information about the legal framework

The assessment approach is formal and recorded with a 70% pass mark which must be achieved before the course can be marked as complete. The questions are a combination of multiple choice, drag and drop and true or false. Questions are set within realistic production-related contexts.

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Safe Management of Outside Broadcasts

For anyone responsible for setting up and managing outside broadcasts including production staff, project managers, broadcast engineers, engineering managers, operations managers etc.

Designed to give you a broad overview of the health & safety issues to be considered when involved in outside broadcasts and events. This course will explain why health and safety is needed in production and give practical methods of how it should be managed.

Learning Type: Interactive session utilising multimedia presentation, review of real life incidents, syndicate exercises, group participation and discussion.

Duration: 1 day

The course concentrates on the practical aspects of safely managing an outside broadcast:

  • Accident Causation
  • Hazard recognition and risk assessment
  • Legislation and key responsibilities of key parties such as event organiser, venue manager, host broadcaster, rights holding broadcaster, contractor/contributor
  • Typical health & safety issues affecting OBs

 

Aims & Objectives:

  • A broad overview of the risk management issues to be considered when working on outside broadcasts, including hazard identification, risk assessment and good health and safety management
  • The opportunity to analyse and discuss OB risk management techniques, including hazard identification and risk assessment
  • Information about risk management policy, procedures and arrangements, including how OB management should interact with productions, contractors, venues and others
  • To provide information about the legal framework

This course is part of the industry recognised Production Safety Passport (PSP) scheme – On completion of the course; you will receive a Health and Safety Passport certificate

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Safe Design and Construction of Production Sets

For Production Designers, Art Directors, Games Designers, Prop Buyers, Construction Managers, and Riggers etc. Essentially anyone who may be involved in the design, manufacture, build or purchase of any of the elements associated with a production set.

The course has been designed to help people understand key health and safety issues involved in design and construction safety relating to productions. The course emphasises the importance of identifying the hazards associated within the design, manufacture and build, as well the rigging & de-rigging of production sets. Demonstrating satisfactory risk assessments and gaining an understanding of the responsibilities associated with contracting associated design crafts are also featured. The course also specifically covers the requirements of the revised (2015) CDM Regulations and the implications for productions, set design, construction and arts departments.

Learning Type: Interactive session utilising multimedia presentation, review of real life incidents, syndicate exercises, group participation and discussion.

Duration: 1 day
Individuals can book on to our pre-scheduled courses

To provide an understanding of;

  • Health and safety responsibilities & what the law requires for set design and construction.
  • The health and safety issues to be considered when working at a variety of studios, venues and locations
  • The acceptable standards to which sets should be manufactured and built, to ensure they are safe and fit for purpose
  • How to assess the safety competencies of the various crafts and tradesmen
  • The acceptable working practices and standards which should be employed by the various crafts and tradesmen and the safety of their equipment
  • Acceptable games/build criteria when involving the public i.e. what are the safety issues to be considered in design and construction
  • Risk assessment and the need to exchange information
  • The recognition of hazards and how to control the risks

Certificate of attendance will be issued upon request.

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Safe Management of Studios (TV and Film)

This course is for Studio Operation Managers, Studio Managers, Studio Engineers, Studio Technicians, Turnaround Managers, Scenic staff, Studio crew.

Designed to give you a broad overview of the health & safety issues to be considered when working in a studio. This course will explain why health and safety is needed and will give practical methods of how safety should be managed. The exact course content can be tailored to suit the organisation and operations of each studio and the participants on the course.

Learning Type: Interactive session utilising multimedia presentation, review of real life incidents, syndicate exercises, group participation and discussion.

Duration: 1 day

The course concentrates on the practical aspects of safely managing a studio:

  • The importance for managing risk
  • Legislation and key responsibilities
  • Hazard recognition and risk assessment
  • Typical health & safety issues affecting TV/Film Studios. For example: Electrical Equipment/Fittings, Gas (Mains or compressed); Use of Practical Flame; Use of Glass; Hazardous Substances; Materials used in scenery; Smoke Effects/SFX; Use of Revolves/Rostra; Use of Water; Unusual /Heavy Flown Scenery; Staging and Scaffolding; Video Walls; Construction; Audiences; Use of Contractors; Working in the Grid; Camera/Sound Operations etc.
    Accident causation

 

Aims & Objectives:
A broad overview of the risk management issues to be considered when working in TV/Film studios, including hazard identification, risk assessment and good health and safety management
The opportunity to analyse and discuss risk management techniques, including hazard identification and risk assessment
Information about risk management policy, procedures and arrangements, including how studios should interact with productions, contractors and others
To provide information about the legal framework

Certificate of attendance will be issued upon request.

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Safe Management of Special Effects (SFX)

The course is aimed at anyone already familiar with special effects work but who require more depth of knowledge regarding general health and safety requirements relating to SFX. This course may also be useful to those managing SFX staff and contractors; and to production members with and interest in safe management of SFX such as Production Designers, Art Directors, Production Managers etc.
Designed to help people understand key health and safety issues involved in special effects safety relating to productions.

Learning Type: Interactive session utilising multimedia presentation, review of real life incidents, syndicate exercises, group participation and discussion.
Duration: 1 day

The course emphasises the importance of identifying the hazards and risks associated with the planning, design and implementation of special effects work. Demonstrating satisfactory risk assessments and gaining an understanding of the responsibilities associated with associated contractors and specialists are also featured.

  • Criminal/ Civil Law – brief outline to introduce concepts of risk assessment, duty of care and negligence
  • The requirement for Risk Assessment and practical exercises to demonstrate this
  • Locations; the hazards to be aware of
  • Fire Safety; fire cover, safe materials, structural integrity, how to reduce the fire risk and emergency arrangements
  • Safe use and legal requirements for the use of equipment, including electrical and lifting equipment
  • Working at heights, Scaffold Towers, Mobile Elevated Working Platforms, Ladder safety
  • Manual Handling, Noise, Hazardous Substances, Protective Equipment and the hierarchy of controls
  • Workshop safety
  • Emergencies, first aid and accident/incident reporting
  • The safety issues relating to props
  • How best to manage contractors and sub contractors and the adequate exchange of information with third parties

 

Aims & Objectives:

  • Health and safety responsibilities & what the law says about design health and safety
  • The health and safety issues to be considered when working at a variety of venues and locations and the exchange of information
  • The acceptable standards to which effects, rigs, props and other equipment should be designed and built, to ensure they are safe and fit for purpose
  • Risk assessment and the need for effective communication
  • The recognition of hazards and how to control the risks
  • The assessment of safety competency
  • The acceptable working practices and standards which should be employed by the various crafts and tradesmen and the safety of their equipment

Certificate of attendance will be issued upon request.

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Safe Management of Live Events

The course is aimed at staff working mainly in music production, from Producers through to Broadcast Assistants. Essentially anyone who could be responsible at some point for the production or tasked with the conducting and recording Risk Assessments for live events.
This course is designed to give you a broad overview of the Health & Safety issues to be considered when producing live music or major events. After the course you should be able to identify potential hazards likely to be associated with the production and outside broadcast of such events.

Learning Type: Interactive session utilising multimedia presentation, review of real life incidents, syndicate exercises, group participation and discussion.

Duration: 1 Day

The course concentrates on the practical aspects of safely managing a live music or major event and this is conveyed by:

  • Syndicate exercise of actual production scenarios and discussion of the specific safety issues and how it could have been managed
  • Accident reporting procedure and the relevant legislative requirements
  • Safety management issues when using event contractors and the selection of contractors. Use of pre-vetted contractors, the selection criteria for contractors and the general safety management/responsibility of a production using numerous contractors & freelancers
  • Brief introduction to H& S legislation and guidance (The Event Safety Guidance) to give an overview of the requirements on employers and employees
  • Production Risk Assessments – what constitutes a suitable and sufficient risk assessment for a live music or major event. How to conduct a risk assessment, when they should be conducted and who keeps the records.
  • Contractors’ risk assessments – what it should cover and how to use it

 

Aims & Objectives:
The course aims to provide practical guidance on the typical hazards encountered on live music or major events.

  • To provide delegates with an overview of Health & Safety legislation and how it relates to the safe management of live music or major events. Further, to give a clear understanding of the health and safety responsibilities and duties of Employers, Employees and Contractors.
  • To help delegates develop the required skills in hazard recognition specific to live music or major events, with use of guidance via the intranet, study of previous accidents and incidents at major music events and the completion of a suitable and sufficient risk assessment
  • Additionally the recognition of hazards or situations which require additional information or specific competence and how to obtain such information

Certificate of attendance will be issued upon request.

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Safe Management of Radio Productions

This course Is for those working in radio production from producers through to sound engineers will benefit. Essentially any one who could be responsible for, or is tasked with, the completion of a risk assessment form.

Designed to give you a broad overview of the health & safety issues to be considered when making a radio production. After the course you will be able to identify hazards that might be encountered in a production. You will also know what organisational procedures rules and guidance are in place to deal with them in a safe manner.

Learning Type: Interactive session utilising multimedia presentation, review of real life incidents, syndicate exercises, group participation and discussion.

Duration: 2-3 hours

The course concentrates on the practical aspects of safely managing a radio production and this is conveyed by:
Syndicate exercise of actual production scenarios accompanied by discussion of specific safety issues and how they could be managed
Safety rules and how they relate to criminal and civil law – a simple introduction including the concepts of risk assessment and the duty of care
Accident reporting procedure and the specific legislative requirements
The selection and control of contractors
Brief introduction to health and safety legislation to give an overview of the requirements placed on employers and employees
How to complete a risk assessment, when it should be completed and who keeps records

 

Aims & Objectives:
To provide delegates with an overview of health & safety legislation with a view to demonstrate what are the responsibilities of the employers & employees
Demonstrate what procedures are in place to implement the above requirements
Help delegates develop the required skills in hazard recognition, use of guidance via the intranet and the completion of risk assessment forms
The recognition of hazards or situations which require additional information or specific competence and where to obtain it

Certificate of attendance will be issued upon request.

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Senior Managers’ Briefing

The course is for Chief Executives, Directors, Senior Production Executives and other senior staff with health and safety responsibilities.

The Senior Managers Safety Briefing is a succinct presentation on current health and safety issues. It has the precise aim of revitalising health and safety thinking in your organisation. The briefing will look at your risk profile and outline the benefits of having a proactive health and safety strategy. It will give you an opportunity to discuss and learn about current health and safety issues of concern and the likely effects of new health and safety legislation.

Learning Type: Interactive session utilising multimedia presentation, review of real life incidents, syndicate exercises, group participation and discussion.

Duration: 2 hours

Course content:

  • Discussing what the major risks within your Organisation’s activities (its risk profile) are and what health and safety initiatives are needed to manage them
  • Discussing the existing and intended changes in statutory law which will ensure that corporations act responsibly
  • Examining current accident trends and discussing the cause of major incidents, and whether your current health and safety management systems are robust enough to prevent incidents
  • The benefits to be derived from the adoption of a proactive safety strategy and management system and the elements it should contain:
    • the policy on health and safety
    • the organisational arrangements needed for ensuring successful health and safety management
    • the planning of health and safety systems and procedures that will ensure the safe conduct of work activities
    • the measurement of health and safety performance and the review of your health and safety management strategy

     

    Aims & Objectives:
    The briefing aims to revitalise management thinking on health and safety issues whilst emphasising the need for proactive health and safety management.

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Drone Fundamentals

1st Option Safety Group in association with ConsortiQ are proud to offer you our new Drone Fundamentals Course which is designed to give content producers information and training on how the hazards associated with commercial drone use should be managed.

Designed and delivered by drone professionals, this half-day 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.
Learning Type: Interactive session utilising multimedia presentation, review of real life incidents, syndicate exercises, group participation and discussion.

Duration: 3 hours
Individuals can book on to our pre-scheduled courses

With a constant turnover of regulation and technology, plus ever-increasing use, operating and managing drones in productions is becoming increasingly challenging.
During the half day, the course covers:

  • A review of serious incidents which have already happened in media productions
  • The basics of current legislation, including recent and forthcoming changes
  • Current drone technology
  • How to manage your teams and book operators
  • Planning workshop
  • A chance to fly on the drone simulator

 

Aims & Objectives:
To enable staff to procure and manage drones confidently, and to assist employers meet their obligations to protect staff undertaking hazardous operations.

A certificate of attendance will be provided on request. This course also provides a foundation for the full UAQ-Media qualification for those wishing to operate drones themselves.

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Unmanned Aircraft Qualification (UAQ) Media Course

1st Option Safety Group in association with ConsortiQ are proud to offer you our new Unmanned Aircraft Qualification (UAQ) Media Course which is designed to give those working in TV and video production all the practical and theoretical skills needed to begin to operate drones safely and efficiently.

Designed and delivered by media professionals from ConsortiQ, the Unmanned Aircraft Qualification (UAQ) Media
course is an end-to-end residential training programme aimed at giving those working in TV and video production all the practical and theoretical skills needed to begin to operate drones safely and efficiently. It incorporates a CAA-approved qualification, the prerequisite for commercial operation.
Led by ex-BBC filmmaker, Michael Surcombe of ConsortiQ, the UAQ-Media course brings together theoretical, practical drone skills and creative tools needed to shoot aerials creatively in production.

Learning Type: Classroom – Indoor and Outdoor Environment. Plus pre-course distance learning.

Candidates are required to bring their own drone equipment for this course.

Duration: 5 days plus pre- course distance learning
Individuals can book on to our pre-scheduled courses

The UAQ-Media qualification covers six modules designed to give a range of drone industry knowledge from beginning to end. The course includes:

  • Basic flight training and technical foundations
  • CAA-approved ground school studies
  • CAA-approved flight assessment
  • Advanced media-specific scenarios
  • Simulator training
  • Drone camera setup

 

Aims & Objectives:
To give staff a foundation in practical skills, regulatory knowledge and risk management for small-scale drone operation in productions.

Unmanned Aircraft Qualification for Media (UAQ-M) will be issued after completion of this course.

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Asbestos Awareness

The course is for Production Execs, Producers, Productions Managers, Directors, 1st ADs, Location managers, Construction managers, Designers, other production heads of departments including editorial staff

This course will give production staff a practical understanding of the potential hazards of asbestos and the precautions necessary to control exposure.

Learning Type: Interactive session utilising multimedia presentation, review of real life incidents, syndicate exercises, group participation and discussion.

Duration: 2 hours

Course Content:

  • Identifying the different types of asbestos, their sources, properties and typical applications in buildings and other locations
  • Understanding asbestos health effects and related exposure limits
  • Putting into context the Asbestos Regulations and their relevance to the operations of an organisation when making programmes
  • Identifying the individual ‘duty holders’ and their roles and responsibilities
  • Discussing issues of competence and selection of duty holders
  • Introducing and explain organisational policy on the Regulations
  • Explaining the tools aimed at ensuring legal compliance with the Regulations
  • Outlining key topic areas such as the survey procedure, labelling policy, record keeping and emergency arrangements

 

Aims & Objectives:
To develop delegates’ awareness of asbestos related issues. By the end of the training session delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the health risks associated with asbestos
  • Identify the different types of asbestos and their properties
  • Identify where asbestos is commonly found on productions
  • Understand the practical controls for asbestos safety
  • Know where to obtain further support, advice and guidance

A certificate of attendance will be provided on request.

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