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Q: Our safety induction video is now out of date and needs updating. What will it cost?

Health & Safety Adviser
Chemical Process Plant

A: Broadly there are three grades of update to a safety induction video.

These are:

> Quick fix

> Update

> Extended update

Let’s look at these:

The Quick Fix

This usually comes about because there is a single offending scene in the video.

Typically, a visual referring to something legal or procedural has changed and must be updated quickly.

Changes in signage, emergency telephone numbers, a reference to something legal are all examples.

All that’s required is to delete the offending scene, and replace it with a photograph or caption.

A quick bit of editing will make the video legal again, and should cost £100, maybe less because no shooting or voiceover is required to make the correction.

An Update

This is usually required when a safety induction video has been used for so long – maybe 5 or 10 years – and things have changes considerably.

There may be changes in signage, or access, or procedural changes in the way work is carried out, or new PPE such as glasses and gloves, or perhaps the company has a new corporate identity from a takeover or acquisition.

In any event the current training won’t do.

Usually images can be replaced with more up to date photographs or captions, while the script can be amended with a fresh voiceover.

The photos will never look as good as the original footage, but they should be acceptable.

Quite often the master copy of the original will be on tape or in an outdated digital format.

Nonetheless, pasting some new images and voiceover in shouldn’t present too much of a problem. The newly edited video won’t look as great as the original did, but the quality should be acceptable for the cost and the purpose.

In my experience customers pay £500-£1,000 for this kind of a fix.

The result is a refurbished safety training video that can be used for induction for a few more years.

Extended Update

This occurs when a safety training video needs extensive changes, usually requiring a reshoot of some elements, as there are too may changes required for the simple insertion of a few more up to date photographs.

It is a way of getting the video virtually remade without incurring the cost of a complete new video.

When push comes to shove on budgets, then this is a legally and visually acceptable route to take.

Having the original script and storyboard available is important otherwise the video script has to be listened to and transcribed by hand, which takes time (and money)

The updates required can be inserted in the original storyboard script, say, in red, so they stand out clearly.

A day filming and a new voiceover need arranging.

Once completed, everything can be handed over to the video editor who will complete the work.

Although new and old training footage will mismatch in some ways (as will hairstyles and fashions), the overall result will be acceptable, and cost significantly less than commissioning a brand new safety training video.

Typically it costs around £2,000-£3,000 to do this.

One of the training video samples on this page is an extended update. You probably won’t be able to guess which it is


Get a feeling for which type of update your video needs, whether quick fix, update or extended update, and budget accordingly.

While the results mightn’t look as good as an original safety training video, the cost of an update will be so significantly less that for many health and safety advisers it’s a no-choice decision.

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