Journalism Safety Guide
News Assignment Location Safety (NALS) course
The News Assignment Location Safety (NALS) 1 day face-to-face course is mandatory for all who either deploy others to location, or who are themselves deployed to location, whether they are staff or freelancer. See our Training and Competence Guideline (in Related Topics) to book yourself on the course.
Once completed, you need to refresh your knowledge of the course content every 5 years - this can be done through the NALS Refresher (a 30mins online course).
Other Safety Training
All staff working for the BBC in a country designated as a hostile environment must complete the Hostile Environment and First Aid Training course (HEFAT) and related refreshers.
Any staff who are likely to be deployed to and operate in potentially volatile public order situations where violence is thought to be likely must attend the two day Public Order course.
Training should be discussed with your Line Manager in relation to the deployments you are sent on. Freelancers and international staff without access to Gateway – please talk to your UK contact.
Training resources are under regular development – check the full training resource list given under 'News' in our safety guideline 'Training and Competence: Safety' (see Related Topics).
You can also contact your Safety Adviser (see Recommended Links) or the Safety Advice Line.
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