The Production Safety Passport (PSP) is an approval scheme allowing freelancers to move from job to job without needing to re-take their health and safety training.
How the Production Safety Passport benefits freelancers
When you take a PSP approved course, you get a secure online record of the training you have successfully completed. You're sent an email with details of how to create a ScreenSkills profile, if you haven’t already got one. This will give you access to your certificate and a unique certification code, proving you have completed the training. As part of your profile, details of this training will also be shown in the ScreenSkills community directory.
This means you don't have to take the training again when you work for a new production company or broadcaster. It also makes you more attractive as a freelancer because you have industry-approved health and safety training.
(If you are struggling to find evidence of your PSP or have lost your certification code, please get in touch at: email@example.com)
How the Production Safety Passport benefits production crew
The PSP scheme approves general and management level courses within health and safety in a variety of key areas, such as production, stunt awareness and locations. Each approved course is assessed against the relevant National Occupational Standard (NOS) in Health & Safety X2, X3, X3.5 and X4:
X2 - Make sure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety
X3 – Conduct an assessment of risk in the workplace
X3.5 – Managing health and safety on a film or TV production
X4 – Develop procedures to safely control work operations
Anyone on a film or TV production who manages a department/team (e.g. head of department, unit manager, production manager, 1st assistant director) or has responsibility for an activity/function that requires a risk assessment to be carried out should be qualified to Safe Management of Production X3.5 level.
We recommend that all production staff who do not manage a department/team should be qualified to at least X2 level which provides a general awareness of health and safety in film and TV production.
Currently approved courses are listed below by topic and provider including relevant NOS. You can send your crew on these courses in the confidence that they are benchmarked by industry.
BECTU – Starting Safely
First Option - Online Risk Awareness (RAW) safety training module
Media Safety Ltd - Introduction to Health & Safety in Film & Media Production course
Media Safety Ltd – Introduction to Locations Safety in Film & TV Production
The Mark Milsome Foundation - film and TV online safety passport course
Safe Elephant - The Safe Sets Starter Pack
Media Safety Ltd - The BSR Safety Management of Stunts Level 2
MSS - Level 1 health and safety awareness for probationary & full stunt performers
BBC - Working safely at the BBC
(BBC courses are for in-house staff and contracted BBC freelancers only. Please note that BBC Safe management of TV productions, News assignment and location safety courses have now been replaced by Working Safely at the BBC online course but existing certification will still be valid within the stated time period).
Bectu - Creative industries safety passport
Calvin Hanks - Managing health and safety on a Film or TV production
ESS Consultants - Broadcast Risk Assessment and Management (BRAM) course
First Option - Risk management of productions
(Please note that First Option - Safe Management of Productions, Safe Management of Outside Broadcast and Health and Safety for Location Managers courses have now been replaced by the above First Option Risk Management of Productions course, but existing certification will still be valid within the stated time period).
Global - Managing Production Risk
IMG Media Ltd- Safe management of production
ITV - Managing risk
ITV - Production risk
Media Safety Ltd - IOSH Safety Management in Film & TV Production
MSS Safety – Safe Management of Production course
MiRisk Media - Safe Management of Productions course
Netflix | Production Health and Safety (safersets.com) – Safe Management of Production
Safe Elephant - Safe management of productions
Secret Compass - Production safety management (natural history) course
First Option - Safe management of stunts
Media Safety Ltd - Assistant stunt co-ordinators safety management of stunts
First Option - Senior managers’ briefing
First Option – Manual Handling for Productions
Safe Elephant – Manual Handling Awareness
To verify that one of your crew has a Production Safety Passport, please ask them for their ScreenSkills PSP certificate or certification code. You can verify this certificate or check that the training is still valid by clicking the link in the button below.