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1st Option Safety Group is the UK’s leading health and safety provider for the media and entertainment sector.

Equipped with a highly qualified and experienced team of on-demand advisers, online resources, bespoke training courses and a comprehensive range of equipment, 1st Option is able to collaborate closely with its customers to offer a bespoke service for all their safety needs.

1st Option possess an unrivalled track record of delivering a first class service on diverse and complex projects in the film, TV and events sector. That is why more than 400 production companies, venues and events trust and retain its services each year.

Languages Spoken: English

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Production Type Year Role
Top Boy TV 2019 Health and Safety Support
The Greatest Dancer TV 2019 Safety Support
Chernobyl TV 2019 Safety Support
The ABC Murders TV 2019 Safety Support
Killing Eve TV 2019 Health and Safety Support
Bohemian Rhapsody Film 2019 Health and Safety Support


Name Role Contact Telephone / Mobile
Sam Askham Head of Equipment Services & Logistics Send a message T: 0845 500 8484
M: 07738 680527
Jamie Fewster Head of Production Safety Services Send a message T: 0845 500 8484
M: 07595 219853
Chris Lawton Head Of High Risk Services Send a message T: 0845 500 8484
M: 07730 198786

Latest news

Canadian Health and Safety Authority Investigates Deadpool 2 Fatal Accident

The Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia (WorkSafeBC) has completed an incident report on the fatal motorcycle accident of Joi Harris on the set of Deadpool 2 in 2017.

Harris was performing her first film stunt when she was killed on set in Vancouver, August 2017. Harris, a former motorcycle racing rider, lost control of her motorcycle and crashed through the window of a building hitting her head on the frame.

WorkSafeBC looked into the causes of the accident and any related factors that might have contributed to the death of Joi Harris, so that similar incidents in the future can be prevented. Their investigation found several factors and possible violations of the production company’s own safety procedures that may result in legal action in the future. These included a lack of safety headgear and failure to complete important health and safety documentation, including a stunt safety inspection checklist and a production activity notification checklist, as required by the production’s own health and safety programme.

As part of Vancouver’s Film and Production Initiative, WorkSafeBC has created a prevention team that works with employers, unions and the industry and safety association called Actsafe.  Actsafe’s aim is to increase awareness in the industry about employer’s requirements and responsibilities. Companies in the industry are required to identify risks and hazards of work activities, develop safety controls and implement health and safety measures to ensure a safe workplace for employees.

WorkSafeBC’s focus on film and TV production includes:

• Enforcing the Workers Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation through site inspections.

• Meeting with senior leaders of major studios, production companies and union organisations, to remind them of their responsibilities under the Act and Regulations, including the workplace roles and responsibilities of various parties and the importance of supervision and risk assessment.

• Engaging with producers and production managers who are responsible for planning and directing the work.

• Continuing to work closely with Act safe to promote occupational health and safety in the film and production sector.

Stunt work accounts for over half of all film-related injuries, with an average of five deaths for every 2,000 injuries. From 1980 to 1990, there were 37 deaths relating to accidents during stunts1.

For further health and safety assistance on your production,  call our team today: 0203 301 1256

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Blog Post Author: Vandana Thanki

Sustainability in Film and Television

While the importance of health and safety on set is widely acknowledged, increasingly productions are placing a similar emphasis on safeguarding the environment and ensuring productions are sustainable

The recent article from the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC365) recorded that the UK spend, hit £3.1 billion on film and television production in 2018. The industry spends millions of pounds, on a range of services for production such as flights, food, fuel and electricity. While this creates award-winning and memorable films and programmes for years to come, productions also can leave behind a large carbon footprint and contribute to long term environmental damage.

The CCCBLab (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona Lab) calculated that London’s audio-visual industry generates the same amount of CO2 as a city with 20,000 inhabitants.

Productions can contribute to looking after the planet and an increasing number are making an effort to reduce their carbon footprint by making productions more sustainable and incorporating best practices and responsibilities into their work culture.

Jason Bateman, directed and produced the film, Bad Words using only solar energy. The first film to be produced without carbon based power- which shows what can be done with a will (and sunshine!)

Below are a few tips to help your production become sustainable:

1. Complete an albert carbon calculation on completion of your projects. BFI activities are monitored and measured for carbon generation and results are reported annually to the DCMS.

2. Share transportation to and from set and the office to decrease pollution. If possible, take public transport.

3. Use recycling bins on set and at the office to encourage recycling and reduce unnecessary waste.

4. Reduce the use of generators and try opting in for reusable batteries and equipment. Make sure to turn off lighting and air-conditioning when they’re not in use.

5. Take part in a tree-planting scheme to make up for the amount carbon emitted into the environment from your production.

6. Reduce printing documents by transferring and saving them digitally.

7. Use material which can be recycled or reused, such as props, costume fabric, cutlery etc.

8. When researching on the web, try the eco-friendly search tool, Ecosia. Which plants trees every time you search.

9. During the filming of Girls Trip, Universal Pictures were able to give £600 of excess catering food to the local community with the assistance of New Orleans Missions, providing 500 meals to homeless people. Not only saving the food going to waste but also helping the local community.

10. Try to conference call than flying and travelling to meetings hence reducing travel pollution.

Productions are not going to save the planet by themselves but small steps in the right direction can help. 

For more information or assistance with environmental and sustainability issues speak to one of our environmentally qualified advisers or email us at: info@1stoptionsafety.com

Blog Post Author: Vandana Thanki