> 2010

March 30, 2010

Course Content on Set Safety and Set Etiquette
in the Film and Television Industry

"Working on a film set requires more than just technical skills. It requires patience, adaptability, perseverance, creativity and teamwork. Understanding set etiquette can help you feel confident and provide you with the knowledge you need to work on a set."

"It is everyone's right to work in a safe environment. Working in film can be exciting and challenging, and presents some unconventional safety issues and solutions."

The Cultural Human Resources Council is proud to announce the release of the content for workshops for the film and television industry on Set Safety and Set Etiquette. The development of these two teaching resources by Sarah Buell, a seasoned Assistant Director, was overseen by CHRC's Health and Safety Working Group which includes representatives of producers, directors and unions from across the country.

These course documents offer a baseline common denominator of what everyone needs to know to work on a film set anywhere in Canada. They were tested in pilot workshops in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Regina and refined based on feedback from the participants. They are now available to adapt or adopt as training resources that have the blessing of unions, guilds and professional associations from across the film industry and across the country.

While acknowledging the very good training that is being offered on set safety and set etiquette in several regions of the country, Susan Annis, Executive Director of CHRC, stresses the value of these new teaching resources. "They are meant to enhance existing courses, where needed, and to provide content for set safety and set etiquette training where is does not exist. We are pleased that consensus has been achieved among all stakeholders that this material provides a basic requirement for those working on film sets across Canada."

Those wishing to access the full training resource documents should contact CHRC directly at

The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) is committed to strengthening the cultural labour force, and strives to be at the centre of vision and forward thinking in the area of cultural human resources development. CHRC brings together representatives of arts disciplines and cultural industries in the cultural sector to address the training and career development needs of employers and cultural workers including artists, technical staff and managers To become a member of CHRC please visit our website.

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