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 accredited 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/TMA 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 accredited qualification that is relevant to creative industries workers.
What is the course content?
The course 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 five 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, insurance, safety reps & inspectorsThe course is split into 5 modules:ic hazards that come up in the creative industries.
- 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, manual handling, slips and trips, work equipment, hazardous substances & noise
- Common workplace measures; this covers working time, welfare, personal protective equipment (PPE), signs and signals, first aid, accidents, accident reporting, driving, stress, violence, lone working, alcohol & drugs and fire & the environment
- Personal responsibility for safety; this looks at how an individual can make a difference
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 two assessment papers which both require a seventy percent (70%) pass mark to be eligible to receive a passport. The first is a twenty question written paper with multiple choice and written answers and the second is a spot the hazard risk assessment paper.
How much does it cost?
The one day course costs £120 and there is a discounted rate of £90 for BECTU members. There is also an associate rate of £102. This cost includes VAT, the workbook and IOSH accreditation as well as the passport itself.
The course was covered by the Creative Skillset bursary which is closed to TV workers' applications at present although not to individual's working in film. Applicant's have to match the Creative Skillset criteria http://www.creativeskillset.org/funding/individuals/
When and if it becomes available again you must apply well in advance (the process takes around a month) and you must pay BECTU directly for the safety course as the bursary is reimbursed, if successful, to the individual.
Where can I register?
The next dates in London are 16th September, 21st October and 18th November 2015 at BECTU head office, London To book for a London course go here and for the first time in the North East on 3rd September at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, full info and to book here
There has been a new date just added for 25th September 2015 at BECTU Scotland Office, Glasgow, full info and to book 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.