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Update on 'Rust' fatality
May 4, 2022

Update on 'Rust' fatality

As the majority of readers will be aware, on October 21st 2021, Halyna Hutchins, who was Director of Photography on the Alec Baldwin film ‘Rust’ was fatally injured after a weapon was discharged on set.
 

 

First Option launches e-tool to help navigate the complexities of workplace COVID-19 testing
April 25, 2022

First Option launches e-tool to help navigate the complexities of workplace COVID-19 testing

Figures suggest the latest Omicron wave is only now starting to slowly subside. To give an idea of the scale of the wave, the 6 months from October 2021 to February 2022 saw more than double the proportion of the population infected when compared with the 20 months between April 2020 and October 2021.
 

 

First Option courses accredited under the ScreenSkills Production Safety Passport Scheme
March 21, 2022

First Option courses accredited under the ScreenSkills Production Safety Passport Scheme

The Production Safety Passport (PSP) is an industry-led scheme to support the mutual recognition of health and safety training in the creative media industries. The scheme helps productions stay safe by ensuring crew and management have quality training, enabling delegates with the confidence that they are benchmarked by industry-approved health and safety training.
 

 

First Option launches Risk Management of Productions course
January 26, 2022

First Option launches Risk Management of Productions course

Producers who have responsibility for health and safety can now take our new Risk Management of Productions (RMP) course which replaces the Safe Management of Productions course. This new course is designed to equip responsible producers with the health, safety and environmental knowledge production staff at all levels of responsibility need to make content safely.
 

 

Psychological Safety In Productions Involving Challenging Material or  Vulnerable Contributors
November 18, 2021

Psychological Safety In Productions Involving Challenging Material or Vulnerable Contributors

If your production involves stories around vulnerable contributors, or the content is likely to be distressing/challenging then you should consider your duty of care to your contributors and the production staff involved in capturing and dealing with those stories. 

 

First Option: UK & International Training
November 10, 2021

First Option: UK & International Training

The recent relaxation of international travel restrictions has allowed the First Option Training Team to resume its highly regarded international training courses in several key locations across Europe, Asia & Africa.

 

First Option releases Management of Covid-19 on Productions Update and Recaps
October 28, 2021

First Option releases Management of Covid-19 on Productions Update and Recaps

COVID-19 will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future, so we need to learn to live with it and manage the risk to ourselves and others.

This 1.5 hour briefing is a revamped replacement version of our Managing COVID-19 Risks on Productions course.

 

Use of Weapons on Productions
October 26, 2021

Use of Weapons on Productions

Following the tragic fatal shooting on the set of Rust being filmed in New Mexico last week,  the incident has initiated a widespread debate on the use of firearms on film sets and television shows.

So here is our reminder about how weapons are regulated and how they should be employed on productions.