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Risk Assessment/Management

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Risk Assessment

  • Preliminary Safety & Risk Assessment Form and Comprehensive Risk Assessment (as applicable at the direction of the Discovery Production Team)

Discovery is committed to ensuring that all safety issues are considered in advance of production and all precautions are undertaken to minimize the inherent risk of personal injury or property damage resulting from a production.

Because Discovery recognizes the value of risk assessment/management to ensure the safety of our productions and in the interest of assisting you in ensuring the smoothest and safest possible production, Discovery has implemented risk management guidelines and requirements.

The following is a non-inclusive list of elements to consider when determining inherent risks for a production:

Production Related Health & Safety: Does the production involve (in any way) dangerous/dynamic activities which could cause harm to persons or property such as:

      • Extreme sports or extreme physical activities
      • Use of watercraft
      • Use of aircraft
      • Expeditions
      • Stunts
      • Pyrotechnics
      • Chemical use
      • Wild animal contact
      • Other
      • Is the Production to be undertaken in isolated locations or extreme climatic conditions that may potentially cause physical or other danger/harm to the production staff, crew and/or participants?

If the Production is traveling:

      • Has a Travel Warning or Public Announcement been published by your state or local government?
      • Is the country at war?
      • Does the Consular Information Sheet highlight or indicate levels of crime, violence or social and/or political instability?
      • Does the country have institutional corruption?
      • Does the nature of the production suggest a direct or indirect security-related threat to staff or assets?

As part of our Risk Management process, for those projects which warrant risk consideration, your Discovery Production Manager (“PM”) will ask if a risk assessment has already been performed and obtain a copy of the report for review by the Discovery Production Team. If the delivered report has not been completed to a reasonable level of satisfaction and competency, your PM will discuss next steps with you and may ask a third party to review the report and advise accordingly. If your report is deemed sufficient, you will simply follow through to implement the controls as stated in the report and no further action is necessary.

If an assessment has not been performed, your PM will: 1) ask that you complete the Preliminary Safety & Risk Assessment form (at the top of the page) during the budget negotiation phase and submit for review, and may also 2) ask that you have a risk assessment performed, either by a Risk Management company of your choice or by one of our preferred vendors for which contact information is provided in the Preferred Vendors section of this guide 


**It is recommended that prior to travel you register with your Embassy. (or website of your choice)

**If your company is within the USA and you are traveling out of the country, it is recommended that you register with the State Department. Travel registration is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. Registration allows you to record information about your upcoming trip abroad that the Department of State can use to assist you in case of an emergency. Americans residing abroad can also get routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. or visit

**Notify your insurance broker of travel locations as soon as they are confirmed.

**Consider purchasing Travel & Accident Insurance inclusive of AD&D coverage.

**Create an Emergency Call Sheet and Action Plan for each travel location.

**OSAC (Overseas Security Advisory Council) – For any overseas pre-production planning, you may want to consider including an OSAC analyst on early discussions for a detailed evaluation of the safety and security environment.  OSAC has analysts for every region/country across the globe and their primary responsibility is to serve as a conduit of information between the private sector and the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in that area.  Discovery Corporate Security needs to facilitate the inclusion of the OSAC analyst on the pre-production planning call.  Therefore, please contact your Discovery Production Manager to assist in coordinating the call.   The OSAC website is www.osac.govwhere you can access useful information (i.e. Crime & Safety Reports) without a membership. 


COVID Protocols/Guidelines


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COVID Protocols

As the sad reality of the pandemic has hit communities globally, we at Discovery have had to learn to deal with the virus while remaining committed first and foremost to the safety and health of our employees and production partners around the world.

Our production partners are requested at the start of each project to stipulate Covid specific  protocols to ensure the well being and safety of all people involved in the production.

Such protocols must follow and implement any local media and production industry based guidelines if and where applicable and also follow the latest guidelines from local government to ensure that productions are carried out within the rules and local laws.

Please review the attached guidelines and refer to your PMD contact for further information.

Please see the preferred vendors under Preferred Vendors>>Risk Assessment.