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COVID 19 RESPONSE - SPRING 2021 Roadmap out of lockdown
February 25, 2021

COVID 19 RESPONSE - SPRING 2021 Roadmap out of lockdown

Boris Johnson has unveiled a plan to end lockdown restrictions in England by 21st June. 

The roadmap is aimed at giving clarity, time to plan as asked for, and assurance that once places and venues are open, they stay open.

From 8th March, people in England will see restrictions start to lift and the government’s four-step roadmap offer a route back to a more normal life.

IOSH TV/Film Production H&S Advisor Training
February 18, 2021

IOSH TV/Film Production H&S Advisor Training

First Option Safety are now pleased to offer our IOSH TV/Film Production H&S Advisor training course to external individuals and companies. 

 

COVID-19 | Vaccines and Productions
January 27, 2021

COVID-19 | Vaccines and Productions

We’re getting a lot of questions about vaccines and what they might mean for productions – if someone is vaccinated when can we stop testing? How soon can they stop masking and distancing?

We’re really excited about the vaccines too, but even if all your cast and crew have been vaccinated, had both doses and waited a few weeks for the immune system to catch up, you still can’t relax any of the current precautions, vaccinated or not. Those need to be around for a while yet.
COVID-19 Reduction in Self-Isolation
December 11, 2020

COVID-19 Reduction in Self-Isolation

A change to the self-isolation period from 14 to 10 days has been announced resulting in changes to public health requirements for positive contacts and overseas arrivals.

Anyone required to self-isolate, due to contact with someone who has had a positive test for coronavirus (COVID-19), or as a result of quarantine rules on arrival from overseas will need to do so for 10 days following updated clinical advice.
First Option Launches Event Industry COVID-19 Advanced Level Training
November 18, 2020

First Option Launches Event Industry COVID-19 Advanced Level Training

The Event COVID-19 Supervisor / Compliance Officer Advanced Level training course arms events professionals with sector specific Covid-19 safe working procedures

COVID-19 | Mutation, Virulence and Immunity
November 2, 2020

COVID-19 | Mutation, Virulence and Immunity

More febrile reporting is afoot. Apparently the virus has mutated to be less deadly but more infectious, and antibodies to it don’t last so a vaccine can’t work. Which all sounds bad. 

Let’s have a delve behind the headlines and work out what the science is actually telling us. 

COVID-19 Productions: A Day In The Life Of Martin Barraclough
October 20, 2020

COVID-19 Productions: A Day In The Life Of Martin Barraclough

As the leading health and safety provider, First Option have been in the forefront this past year, supporting many productions to return safely back to work. First Option's associate team and safety consultants have been supporting several productions onsite, to ensure cast and crew members are following the COVID-19 protocols and staying safe on set. First Option have supported the industry, by developing guidance, to training over 7,000 industry professionals on the safety measures of the pandemic.

The Pandemic: Stores PPE Supplies
October 19, 2020

The Pandemic: Stores PPE Supplies

First Option’s Stores department have been working tirelessly throughout this past year, supporting the film and television industry by supplying personal protective equipment (PPE), throughout the pandemic. I interviewed our Head of Equipment Services & Logistics, Sam Askham to find out how the Stores team have supported our clients and some of the challenges they faced throughout the pandemic.