The Creative Industries Safety Passport (03 September)



What is the Creative Industries Safety Passport?

The Creative Industries Safety Passport is a new course from BECTU – the media and entertainment union – run in the North East in association with Northern Film & Media: a one day health and 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 and Health (IOSH) under their nationally recognised Passport scheme, which follows The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) syllabus guidelines, as well Creative Skillset’s National Occupational Standards in Health and 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, the Creative Industries Safety Passport provides an accredited qualification that is relevant to creative industries workers.


What’s covered on the course?

The course covers the basics a delegate needs in health and safety as well as focusing on specific hazards that come up in the creative industries.

The course is split into 5 modules:

  • Introducing creative industry safety: this covers why health and safety matters, health and safety legislation, duties of employees, self-employed and contractors under the Health and safety at Work Act 1974, insurance, safety reps and inspectors
  • Defining hazard and risk: this covers risk assessments-hazards and risks, competence, risk matrix, controlling risk, what is reasonably practicable, dynamic risk assessments and 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 and 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 and drugs and fire and 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 the training 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.

When you sign up the workbook will be sent to you so you have it for reference in advance of the course – providing you sign up more than one week before the course date.


When, Where and How Much?

When: Thursday 03 September, 9.00am – 5.30pm

Where: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Level 3), Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3BA

Cost: The one day course costs £120 (inc.VAT) and there is a discounted rate of £90 (inc.VAT) for BECTU members. This cost includes the workbook and IOSH accreditation as well as the passport itself.




Cancellation Policy

The organisers appreciate that when circumstances change you may no longer be able to attend a training course date you have already booked and paid for.

Although the organisers will always try their best to accommodate any alterations to your plans, BECTU has a standard cancellation policy which is as follows:

  • If you notify BECTU (by phone/email) 3 full days or longer before the scheduled course date you will not be charged and will be refunded in full any course fees you have paid.
  • For any cancellation you make that is less than 3 full days before the course date, you will be charged 50% of the total course fee with 50% refunded. This is unless you can demonstrate extenuating circumstances.
  • If you do not attend the course and/or fail to notify BECTU in advance you will be charged the full course fee.
  • BECTU is unable to reimburse any non-transferable travel or accommodation expenses that may arise from a course being re-scheduled or cancelled.

BECTU reserves the right to cancel courses without liability. However, where possible, delegates will be offered 


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