– By Lauren Ritchie, North East Scotland College.

Last Tuesday, a group of students were given the opportunity to attend a health and safety course. The course aimed to teach them how to be safe whilst on television or film productions. As the majority of students involved are due to help film the Commonwealth games this summer, it proved to be an extremely useful experience. The session was led by Glynn Henderson, who has worked on a variety of different films and TV shows such as ‘World War Z’ and ‘Still Game’.

Everyone involved now has a certification in managing safety in film and television productions.

Although health and safety is a term that makes most people groan, Glynn Henderson did a fantastic job of making the experience enjoyable. Through a series of videos, facts and anecdotes, Glynn put into perspective exactly why adhering to health and safety guidelines on set is so important. It’s horrifying to see just how quickly things can go wrong if risks aren’t identified and properly managed. Glynn imparted a wealth of knowledge that can only be obtained from someone who has been working professionally for years. He taught us how to properly fill in a risk assessment, the method of assessing hazards and the potential consequences of working in a dangerous manner. Again, despite the mass of information being shared, it never felt uninteresting. At the end of the course, students correctly completed a quiz and were handed certificates.

Everyone involved now has a certification in managing safety in film and television productions. This is recognised by the Production Safety Passport scheme, which sets the benchmark of safe working practices in the creative industries.

Overall, it was a fantastic opportunity that everyone involved are grateful for. Thank you Glynn!