Creative Industries Safety Passport

Due to COVID-19, all in person courses are suspended in order to play our part in social distancing until further notice. However, our Health and Safety course for freelancers – CRISP is now available online.


The Union has successful converted, and gained IOSH accreditation, for its online Creative Industries Safety Passport (CRISP) course. Book a place.

What will I learn?

The Creative Industries Safety Passport is 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 approved by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health under their Passport scheme which is a nationally recognised scheme. It also follows the Health and Safety Executive’s syllabus guidelines, Creative Skillset’s National Occupational  Standards in Health and Safety X2, X3 and X3.5 and the BECTU/UK Theatre code of conduct for get-in/get-outs.

It is a Level 2 qualification that is valid for three 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 easy.

What is the course content?

The course was redesigned in 2018 and covers the basics a delegate needs in health and safety as well as focusing on specific hazards they may encounter in a particular working environment. The course is organised into four modules:

  • Introducing creative industry safety: why health & safety matters, health & safety legislation, duties of employees, self employed and contractors under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, what is a health and safety policy and insurance.
  • Defining hazard and risk: 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: electricity, display screen equipment, working at height, specific location hazards, welfare, confined spaces, manual handling, slips and trips, work equipment, hazardous substances, asbestos, noise, personal hygiene, driving, drones, violence, terrorist threats, bullying, stress, alcohol and drugs and fire.
  • Improving safety performance: health and safety in the workplace, the construction phase, keeping people safe in the workplace, working time, personal protective equipment (PPE), signs and signals, first aid, health surveillance, accidents, accident reporting, safety representatives and safety inspectors.

The course uses a mix of teaching styles, including video and discussion. 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 a two-part assessment paper, the first is part has twenty questions mainly multiple choice with a maximum mark of 40 and the second is practical application learning which requires spotting hazards and providing measures to reduce the risk, with a maximum 16 marks on offer.

To be eligible to receive a passport you must achieve 24 marks or more on the first part, and 10 marks or over on the second part. A total minimum pass mark of 34 is required.

The online CRISP course includes 3 assessments.  A link will be sent to you to complete each assessment.

The first is a practice test with 5 minutes to complete, the second is Part A assessment with 15 minutes to complete and the third is a Part B assessment with 10 minutes to complete.

Each assessment has a time window allotted to access the assessment and is only available for the day and time of the training. The assessments have to be completed with your video camera on so that the tutor can monitor and confirm the assessments were completed under exam conditions, not using the workbook or any web search aids. You will receive your mark on completion of each assessment.

For any student requiring any reasonable adjustments to completing the assessments, an extra 5 minutes per assessment can be requested. This has to be requested at least two days prior to the day of the training.

Attendee online requirements

You will need an internet connection that supports video conferencing.
You need to use a device that has a camera and microphone.


IOSH safety passport
This is also an approved Production Safety Passport scheme course.