Warner Bros. goes beyond compliance with environmental, workplace, health and safety laws and, in many cases, leads our industry in safety practices. A few examples include:
Warner Bros. Emergency Warden Program
For more than 20 years, Warner Bros. has run an Emergency Warden Program, and in March 2010, the 214th class graduated from the program. The program consists of a 16-hour curriculum offered in four sessions over a month’s time. The curricula include an overview of the various natural, technological, and man-made hazards that can affect the employee at work and at home. Additional topics include American Red Cross CPR/Triage/First Aid classes, fire extinguisher instruction, discussion of psychological/stress issues in emergency situations and review of the Warden’s emergency procedures. Once the Warden has graduated from the initial course, he or she can take additional classes in terrorism, damage assessment, search and rescue, mortality management, radio and communications, and others.
Feature and Television Productions Safety Pass Program
The Warner Bros. Safety Pass program has changed the safety practices of an entire industry. The program was developed by Warner Bros. through a collaborative effort with dozens of unions representing various segments of the motion picture and television industry workforce. Warner Bros. Studio Facilities’ Safety and Environmental Affairs department, along with those of other motion picture and television studios, has participated in the creation, development, and approval of additional safety classes that continue to educate our workforce and provide it with skills to make our movies and television shows safely.
The Warner Bros. team developed new coursework and training programs that include subjects such as rigging, firearms safety using blank ammunition, electrical safety, and even airbrush techniques for makeup artists (to protect talent and artists from equipment and chemicals associated with airbrush makeup).
The Safety and Environmental Affairs department has developed a unique website providing safety information to local California productions and to remote productions that may not have the time to wait for mailing or shipping of hard copies of materials. The website contains division-specific information including information about injury and illness prevention programs, written safety programs, management responsibilities, location check lists and accidents reports, and links to other applicable websites. More information is available at http://wbsafety.com.
Collective Bargaining and Freedom of Association
Warner Bros. respects the rights of all employees applicable labor laws and the rights of all contract professionals who provide services to Warner Bros. under collective bargaining relationships. Contract professionals include writers, directors, actors, designers and others involved in the production of motion pictures and television programs.