Director, Production Safety

Paramount Pictures - Hollywood, CA (30+ days ago)4.2


This position will be responsible for providing technical guidance and safety resource to assist production in ensuring that feature film and television production personnel are in compliance with all applicable studio, local, state and federal environmental, health and safety policies, rules and regulations, including but not limited to training in and supervision for such programs as the Injury and Illness Prevention Program to ensure compliance with local, state and federal health, safety and environmental regulations.

Responsibilities to include, but not limited to:
Oversee all aspects of physical production including set construction, filming, and striking of set and can resolve complex safety concerns related to stunts, special effects, aircraft, watercraft rigging, etc., with all levels of production personnel.
Reports to the Production Safety Department including supervising the Production Safety Manager and Production Safety Supervisor positions
Collaborates with the Safety Department to establish priorities and strategic direction for the department
Collaborates with the VP/Executive Director to develop, maintain and update the elements contained in the production Injury and Illness Prevention Program
Monitors safety performance on Paramount productions, and identifies and implements strategies to reduce injuries
Provides input on EH&S issues, presents options, and collaborate with production leadership to participate and contribute to the development of EH&S program
Assist Risk Management with technical loss control support
Collaborates in evaluating department programs and services and submits recommendations for improvement
Distributes applicable safety materials, bulletins, reports, Code of Safe Practices to production personnel
Assists in developing production related training and guidelines to meet regulatory compliance
Serves as a resource to the production company for specific safety issues and concerns
Coordinates and works with the First Assistant Director, Construction Coordinator, Unit Production Manager, key department heads and other production units to help ensure compliance with their safety program duties *Reviews safety equipment and supply needs recommending replacement and new equipment purchases, as deemed necessary
Initiates and conducts regular facility and stage inspections
Reviews procedures for stunts, special effects and other potentially hazardous production activities and helps to ensure that necessary safety requirements have been addressed
Arranges on-set safety meetings and attends principal production meetings
Assists production with maintaining accurate construction/production safety forms, records, and reports
Responds to complaints and/or identification of safety hazards in a timely manner
Reviews feature and televisions scripts and provides recommendations for safeguarding cast and crew
Coordinates with the Environmental Health & Safety Department to help ensure compliance with applicable regulations
Assists productions to ensure that emergency procedures are in place for all construction/production locations
Initiate investigations regarding on-set accident and emergencies that result in serious injuries, death, major property damage, hospitalization, or events that create imminent danger
Ensures that on-set accidents or emergencies are immediately reported to studio executives, including Paramount Environmental Health & Safety, Production Executive, Industrial Relations, Risk Management, and the show attorney
Coordinates and/or implements specialized safety training (i.e., Respiratory Protection, Aerial Lift Training, Forklifts, Exposure Control, Power Actuated Tools, Hazard Communication, etc.)
Confers with the Executive Director on departmental needs, programs, and services
Establishes and maintains working relationships with Backlot Departments, Facilities, Studio Fire Department, Studio Security Department and assigned production company personnel
Acts as a liaison between governmental agencies and the production company, as deemed necessary
Interprets governmental rules, regulations, ordinances and codes
Participates in strenuous physical activities including, but not limited to various climbing assignments
Travels to international location assignments for extended periods of time
Performs related special project assignments as requested by senior management

Basic Qualifications
Minimum of 3-5 years production health and safety experience in the motion picture industry
Minimum of 5-7 years filmed entertainment production experience
Additional Qualifications
Working knowledge of environmental, occupational health and safety regulatory requirements, including, California OSHA Title 8 General Safety, Construction Safety Orders, California Title 19 regulations governing pyrotechnics, and similar requirements in other states
Must be able to work autonomously
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong computer skills required (e.g., Word, Excel, Adobe Power Point, etc.)
Health and safety trainer certification is a plus