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First Option launches advanced COVID training for the events industry

First Option launches advanced COVID training for the events industry

First Option launches advanced COVID training for the events industry


UK-based, but globally relevant safety consultant, First Option, has devised an online events-specific course for touring, festival and live event production professionals to assist with running events in the pre-vaccine period. The Event COVID-19 Supervisor/Compliance Officer Advanced Level Training has been adapted from its successful TV and broadcast course to equip any crew able to work intermittently.

Martin Barraclough
Martin Barraclough

The new sector-specific course material, written by Event Safety Expert and course leader Martin Barraclough, incorporates procedures outlined in Tour Production Group’s COVID-19 Working Procedures Guidance – a pioneering set of guidelines that Barraclough was instrumental in producing. Made up of leading tour and production management professionals, as well as supply chain experts, the Tour Production Group (TPG) developed the guide to inform and enable the management of risks presented by COVID-19.

Having worked in live events for some years himself, Barraclough is delighted to have adapted First Option’s internationally recognised training for the events sector. “With the traditional events world being continually challenged by COVID-19 restrictions, making this course accessible to event planners and potential COVID-19 Supervisors gives them the extra tools they will need when working on site – now and, most likely, in the future.”

The First Option course trains individuals to implement, monitor and oversee COVID-19 arrangements on event productions. Moreover, candidates have access to learning resources to support their ongoing education including First Option‘s The Yellow Book - COVID-19 Production Manual, written by a team of in-house experts, including microbiologists, medical doctors, and chartered safety consultants.

The Event COVID-19 Supervisor / Compliance Officer Advanced Level Training has already received positive feedback from its first round of attendees. Touring production manager Paddy Hocken [Biffy Clyro, Queen], was amongst the first to complete it. “I personally got a lot out of this training and believe the whole class did too,” he commented. “It’s also great that it links back to TPG’s detailed guidance. I would strongly recommend this course to anybody working in live events or concert touring in a senior role. Martin is exceptionally well placed to deliver this course.”

“With the prevalence of both streamed and virtual e-sports, elite sport and business conferencing events underway, teamed with further uncertainty ahead, the training is already well-subscribed, and I believe it’s something every live production can benefit from and be reassured by,” added Barraclough. “Production personnel can add the implementation of these realistic COVID-19 procedures to their world class production values.”

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