Taking Safety Training

About safety training.

What is safety training?

Safety training will teach you how to minimise the risks posed to you and your colleagues while working in dangerous or hostile environments. It usually takes the form of both medical and practical training, although there are a variety of different types available (see types of safety training). The most common form of safety training is Hostile Environment Training.

The Rory Peck Trust encourages all freelancers working from or travelling to a hostile environment to undertake safety training.

What is safety training

Why should I take it?

Safety awareness and best practice

The key components of safety training are safety awareness and how to assess threats and mitigate risks. Courses tend to be very practical, providing examples of important safety practices and tips that can help you and your colleagues to operate in hostile environments and conflict zones. No safety training can eliminate danger or threats, but it can help you to better understand how to manage and reduce risk.


Being able to reduce risk requires knowledgeable preparation. Courses address the need for and relevance of risk assessments and how to complete one before you go on assignment. Training highlights why research before your trip is essential and how being both mentally and physically prepared are prerequisites for staying safe in hostile environments. The Rory Peck Trust has prepared a risk assessment template to help you consider the possible dangers before you leave and allow you to prepare accordingly.

Getting commissioned

Many news organisations require you to have hostile environment training before they will commission a piece, so it is useful to have safety training before you pitch a project. Undertaking a course in advance will emphasise your professionalism, showing that you understand the risks of working in a hostile environment and that you are taking as many steps as possible to minimise risk. It’s important that you check with both the media outlet and the training provider that the course you are planning on taking meets the organisations’ criteria.

See our recommended training providers.