Updated on August 29, 2019

Occupational Health and Safety Initiatives in Picture Business

  • Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.(SPE) conducts outreach to offices through OHS awareness sessions, safety compliance consultations and by providing ergonomic assistance to employees.
  • Given the rapidly changing media markets, the Environment, Health and Safety Group monitors regulatory requirements consistently and endeavors to adapt to risks based on the organizational structure of SPE and the services the company needs.

Key activities

  • SPE defines “safety programs” and “work instructions/procedures” as key activities. According to these categories, each region conducts OHS activities, with a special focus on fall protection, ladder safety and emergency preparedness.

North America

  • A robust review of emergency preparedness for the SPE studio lot and intentional effective enhancement of emergency supplies, along with mobile incident command and employee preparedness training, has substantially increased the readiness of the lot population.
  • All offices on the studio lot now have emergency floor plans and emergency contact information uniformed across the lot. This application of over 250 signs ensures that all occupants have access to exit routes, emergency numbers, and know their evacuation assembly areas.
Emergency floor plan
  • A new acquisition, Funimation in Flower Mound, Texas, has been trained in emergency preparedness, through an emergency procedure training relevant to their area and concerns, an emergency employee accountability and evacuation training, as well as their first fire drill in over 18 years. They now have emergency supplies and an AED as well as training in first aid, CPR and AED.
  • The Protect SPE app has been launched in North America and is available online to all employees, contractors, vendors, and productions . This is a comprehensive preparedness application full of relevant SPE contact numbers, emergency procedures, traveler information, and information regarding Alert SPE, our mass communication tool. SPE plans to launch it in Latin America (LATAM) next year.
Protect SPE app
  • Sony Pictures Studios has a comprehensive program covering activities from injury and illness prevention to soldering safety. Alongside industry-wide safety training, the on-site monthly training program covers business relevant items such as heat illness and lock-out, tag-out. It is attended by over 15 departments.
  • Sony Pictures Studios continued improvements to the roof fall protection systems, including structural upgrades to its iconic Columbia Pictures sign atop of Stage 6 to ensure employees and vendors have the tools to remain safe when working at heights.
Before the roof fall protection
During the roof fall protection
  • In addition, in 2018, a guardrail system was installed on both the north and south side of stage 10 to ensure that maintenance teams remain safe.
Scope of work before fall protection
After fall protection
  • SPE will replace existing wooden ladders in sound stages with updated metal ladders over the next two years. The project includes design, build and installation of 66 metal ladders with cages, 33 landing platforms, 33 swing gates and 33 catwalk extensions.
Updated metal ladders
  • SPE continues to implement additional sit/stand desks at its facilities, which increased the number of these ergonomic tools to above 2,500 installed at various North American facilities. These efforts continue to expand the use of sit/stand technology across the globe.

Europe and the Middle East (EMEA)

  • The updated and refined Local Crisis Response Plan (site plan) was implemented and tested at both the Golden Square (London) office and the SGBS Gdynia (Poland) office. In addition, a simplified emergency procedures plan was developed for sites across the region together with an employee notice/training poster. Several plans have been created using the new template, including for sites in London, Madrid, Paris and Gdynia. A Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan to help those who need assistance during an evacuation was developed for London sites as required by UK regulations. The same plan will be adapted to suit other offices in the region.
  • SPE continued to expand its AED program throughout the region.


  • The roll-out and implementation of the Local Crisis Response Plan (site plan) continues to move forward successfully in close partnership with region leadership.
  • Consultations on OSH legal, regulatory compliance and Safety Awareness Sessions in various offices in the region are ongoing.
  • Also completed were an AED review and coordination and provisioning for selected offices to meet the Sony required response time.

Latin America (LATAM)

  • Working with LATAM security leadership, significant improvements in emergency preparedness were realized for offices in Miami, Brazil, Panama and Mexico City. This included procuring emergency supplies, employee training and awareness programs.
  • AEDs were installed in the Miami office. Future installations are planned for Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Barueri and Panama City.
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