Course description

What is the Creative Industries Safety Passport?

The Creative Industries Safety Passport is a one day health & safety course designed specifically for workers, employed or freelance, working in film, TV, theatre and live events. It promotes a safety culture based on personal responsibility for safety. This means that it encourages delegates to be pro-active in their own safety and the safety of others.

The course is approved by the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) under their Passport scheme which is a nationally recognised scheme and follows The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) syllabus guidelines as well Creative Skillset’s National Occupational  Standards in Health & Safety X2, X3 and X3.5 and the BECTU/UK Theatre Code of Conduct for Get-in/ Get-outs.

It is a level 2 qualification that is valid for 3 years and comes with a workbook and a robust credit card size ID card with a HoloKote finish which is tamper proof. All Safety Passport holders are registered on the IOSH central database so verification is an easy process. With so many employers asking for proof of health and safety training BECTU is providing an approved qualification that is relevant to creative industries workers.

What is the course content?

The course has been redesigned in 2018 and covers the basics a delegate needs in health & safety as well as focusing on specific hazards he/she may encounter in a particular working environment. The course is organised into four modules:

  • Introducing creative industry safety; this covers why health & safety matters, health & safety legislation, duties of employees, self employed and contractors under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, what is a health & safety policy and insurance.
  • Defining hazard and risk; this covers risk assessments-hazards and risks, competence, risk matrix, controlling risk, what is reasonably practicable, dynamic risk assessments & risk perceptions
  • Hazards and practical control measures; this covers electricity, display screen equipment, working at height, specific location hazards, welfare, confined spaces, manual handling, slips and trips, work equipment, hazardous substances, asbestos, noise, personal hygiene, driving, drones, violence, terrorist threats, bullying, stress, alcohol & drugs and fire.
  • Improving safety performance; this covers health & safety in the workplace, the construction phase, keeping people safe in the workplace, working time, personal protective equipment (PPE), signs and signals, first aid, health surveillance, accidents, accident reporting, safety represenatives & safety inspectors.

The course uses a mix of teaching styles, including video and discussion to enhance the learning experience. Delegates can bring real issues and near miss incidents to increase the relevance of the course. All the trainers are IOSH accredited and have a wealth of knowledge and experience working in the creative industries.

The course has a two part assessment paper, the first is part has twenty questions mainly multiple choice with a maximum mark of 40 and the second is practical application learning which requires spotting hazards and providing measures to reduce the risk, with a maximum 16 marks on offer. To be eligible to receive a passport you must achieve 24 marks or over on the first part and 10 marks or over on the second part. A total minimum pass mark of 34 is required.

How much does it cost?

The one day course costs £132 and there is a discounted rate of £90 for BECTU members. There is also an associate rate of £108. This cost includes VAT, the workbook and IOSH accreditation as well as the passport itself.




BECTU Sector Office

373-377 Clapham Road

London SW9 9BT

Where can I register?

The 2019 dates are as follows - 17 September, 17 October, 7 November, 10 December at BECTU head office, London

To book for a London course go here 

Salford 24 September

To book for a Salford course go here

 Glasgow 25 September

To book for a Glasgow course go here

 Cardiff 2 October

to book for the Cardiff course go here

Newport 3 October

To book the Newport course go here

Leeds 8 November

To book the Leeds course go here

Caernarfon 13 November

To book for Caernarfon go here


The above links will take you to Eventbrite where you can book and pay; you will be sent an electronic ticket and details of what to bring with you on the day of the course - so simple and easy!


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IOSH safety passport
This is also an approved Production Safety Passport scheme course.