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FAQs

Why a passport card?

A card is a quick, practical way of confirming a worker’s training credentials. They can be used to show the standard and level of training, as an identification card and as a site card.

How long does the training take?

The training is delivered over one or two days. The core day is common to all industries and forms the first day of the training. The second day, if required, covers health and safety issues specific to a certain industry.

Where can I do the training and how much does it cost?,

SSPS approves training providers who are based around the country to deliver the training. A list of approved training providers can be obtained from the Passport team. You will need to discuss prices, dates and venues with the training provider you select.

Whether online program is available?

Yes,plans with duration can be discussed with the SSPS support team. Booking can be done according to the schedule. In company programs can also be arranged according to the company needs related to their industry.

The passport is not for?

An assurance of an individual’s competence, a substitute for a risk assessment, a substitute for giving job or site-specific information, a substitute for effective on site management or supervision and required or regulated by law.

Where can I do the training and how much does it cost?

SSPS approves training providers who are based around the country to deliver the training. A list of approved training providers can be obtained from the Passport team. You will need to discuss prices, dates and venues with the training provider you select.

How is the course delivered?

The course is a mixture of PowerPoint presentation, spoken word and videos. Four multi-choice assessment tests will be included during the day.

What is a Safety Passport?

A Safety Passport is like any other passport – it identifies the holder as having undertaken basic health and safety awareness training and allows the holder access to “passport controlled” workplaces. Many industries insist that all workers hold a Safety Passport before they can gain access to the workplace or even obtain work.

All Safety Passport holders attend a basic one-day course after which they are provided with course booklets and a robust credit card size plastic ID card (the Passport itself) made using a “holocote” finish to ensure the passport is tamper proof. The Passport contains a photo and personal information of the holder, emblems to indicate which training has been undertaken and various security features including a tailored signature strip, a custom-designed foil hologram and a printing process that embeds the dye into the card, rather like the new style driving license.

All Safety Passport holders are registered with the SAHS on a central database, so verification is an easy process as clients can interrogate this database. Passports are issued by the SAHS, normally within 15 days of completing a course.

Why do we need such a scheme?

The Factory Act and other acts requires employers to ensure adequate training is given to employees and that self-employed persons (freelancers) also obtain adequate training even if this means they have to pay for the training themselves

Those who use the services of contractors (including self-employed freelancers) have a legal duty to ensure they appoint contracts that are “competent” and aware of their health and safety duties and responsibilities, safety passports are of great value and assistance in helping with this process.

Training is a means of achieving COMPETENCE, this will lead to an increase in SAFETY and PRODUCTIVITY. Converting information into safe working practices helps to establish a SAFETY CULTURE in the workplace (as opposed to a RISK CULTURE).

Many companies with a high turnover of casual or part-time staff, such as crewing or stewarding firms, do not see the value of training because they feel that the costs would be prohibitive for staff hired on a short-term basis. These companies should consider offering training that is of real value as it is very likely that there would be a better retention of staff and that staff turnover would be reduced. The staff remaining would also be safer and of a better quality. Safety Passports save time and money because workers need less basic safety training. They reduce accidents and ill health at work. They can have significant impact in reducing pollution incidents, minimising waste and contributing to a cleaner environment for everyone. Companies know that workers have been trained to a common, recognised and validated standard. They show a company’s commitment to having safe and healthy workers. They help promote good practice in

Who is the course aimed at and who should obtain a Passport?

Everyone! That includes employees, self-employed (freelancers) and employers. This particular training course has been designed specifically for event technical production services, and is applicable to Production , Tour and Stage Managers, Stage Hands, Lighting and Sound Crew, Stage and Set Builders, Backline Technicians, Electricians, Drivers, Riggers, Laser, Pyro and Firework Technicians, Video and Projection Crew. The course is designed for the general workforce and not as a management course.

How is the scheme promoted?

For the scheme to be as widely accepted as possible we need the help and assistance of everyone to help in its promotion. Freelancers can spread the word verbally; companies, venues and promoters can help by making the scheme conditional. Some major venues and organisations are already supporting the scheme and more are expected to follow very soon. The industry trade press has also made some generous offers of publicity that will be graciously accepted, and all relevant trade associations and interested parties are invited to be pro-active by publicising and promoting the scheme. It is important to remember that this is a continuous, long-term project for the benefit of whole industry.

Who are the trainers?

All trainers hold a NBHSSA Accredited Trainer Certificate (or equivalent) qualification, have proven experience as a teacher/trainer or instructor of health and safety, have attended a Safety Passport course and have proven long-term practical industry knowledge and experience.

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