A Pledge to Sarah

Safety Meetings

Let’s face it, safety meetings are something most of us roll our eyes at. We don’t feel as though any pertinent information is being offered and it interferes with whatever pressing task we may be doing at the moment.

As many of us have come to realize since Feb 20, 2014, safety meetings are incredibly important and we all need to ask that they happen every day. According to The Contract Services Administration Trust Fund (the industry standard for safety protocol), safety meetings are “strongly recommended” in the following situations:

  • 1. When production moves to a new location
  • 2. When there is a significant change in cast or crew
  • 3. When stunts or special effects are scheduled or have changed
  • 4. When fatigue may be of a concern
  • 5. When there are significant changes to the original plan for the day

This means that every day is a good day for a safety meeting and it’s time to implement these as standard operating procedure. There are a myriad of reasons why safety meetings are a good idea, but the one that is often overlooked is it’s the one opportunity when the entire crew is standing together and stops to think about safety. The collective group is more powerful and more empowered than the individual. If someone is going to speak up with a concern, more often than not it happens during the safety meeting. And almost always that concern is then seconded by other crewmembers. It is THE time when you are most expected to SPEAK UP. So let’s make safety meetings the norm, thereby creating consistent opportunities that encourage crewmembers to SPEAK UP.

So how do we keep safety meetings fresh and interesting?

Why not have a guest safety meeting presenter from amongst various crew and/or cast members? Talk with your 1st AD or producer and get them onboard with the idea!

We have made a cheat sheet so you can take a safety meeting card with you to help facilitate the meeting.

Download the Safety Meeting Card
  • 1. Print the cards (they will print in the upper corner of the page and be about 4”x6”).
  • 2. Cut the pages and place printed pages back to back so that there is writing on each side.
  • 3. Laminate it! (self adhesive packs like these can be found at most office supply stores or have the store laminate it for you)

Thank you and please let us know if this system is being used by your production. Share your feedback with us at feedback@pledgetosarah.org