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Speak Up, Stay Safe, a British Safety Council film produced for the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics as part of induction programme for volunteers, has been shortlisted for the International Media Festival for Prevention. Commissioned by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, it shows a young volunteer learning how to identify and speak up about risks she sees while working as a Games Maker during London 2012.

The Festival is part of the XX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, in Frankfurt on August 24 to 27, 2014. This award is given to film makers who have used the moving image as a vehicle for risk communication to ensure workers stay safe and well. Speak Up, Stay Safe, will be screened on the first day of the World Congress on Monday, August 25.

There has never been a better time, the BSC says, using a range of media, to get across the British Safety Council vision that in this globalised economy, no-one should be injured or made ill by work. The ILO estimatation that globally 2.2 million people die each year from work related disease and injury.

Matthew Holder, head of campaigns at the British Safety Council, who led the production of the film, said: “I wanted the video to be firmly grounded in the experience of a typical Games Maker and the production company New Moon did a great job in getting the message across in a visually enticing way. Workers are far more likely to be exposed to injury in the first few weeks and months of a new job than at any other time. Helping volunteers who have never been part of an event like the Olympics to understand how they could play their part in keeping athletes, spectators and their work colleagues safe was crucial.”

Our film was one of many initiatives we supported to help ensure London 2012 was the safest Olympic Games on record. Speak Up, Stay Safe is in contention for one of the six awards which will be announced on Monday 25 August 2014 – it is available to watch on Youtube:

A dedicated Speak Up, Stay Safe campaign website has information, fact sheets on the law and good practice, top tips on working with young people as well as videos and links to organisations like the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). It is freely available at:


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