Obtain and return grip equipment

Business Sectors (Suites): Grips and Crane Technicians
Developed by: ScreenSkills
Approved on: 01 Mar 2018


This Standard involves selecting and obtaining suitable grip equipment, materials and consumables.

It is about selecting the right equipment for a particular shoot, checking it on delivery, ensuring it performs as expected, dealing with any problems and returning it to suppliers when it is finished with. You will need to follow all safety regulations and industry practices in the acquisition and return of equipment.

This Standard is for anyone involved with obtaining and returning grip equipment. 

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. select equipment that is appropriate for productions
  2. select materials or consumables that meet grip requirements
  3. select equipment and materials that are within budget
  4. ensure all equipment is used within its design limits throughout the duration of productions
  5. anticipate and take action to deal with any problems with equipment so that production is not delayed
  6. check that all equipment performs to the required standard
  7. record details of all required safety certificates in formats required for the production
  8. ensure that procedures are in place for the safe and complete return of equipment to suppliers

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. relevant legislation, guidance and industry best practice
  2. the parameters for suggesting types of grip equipment to suit the location
  3. manual handling methods for rigging
  4. appropriate Health and Safety regulations that apply and when to enforce them,
  5. the limits of your expertise and when to seek advice
  6. the safe use of electrical equipment and sources of specialist advice
  7. the benefits of teamwork and how to communicate with others
  8. equipment required for grip activity including any safety equipment 

  9. the production's liability in relation to hiring third party equipment

  10. your responsibilities under third party hire agreements
  11. which equipment requires safety certificates and how to store information about them
  12. procedures to ensure the safe return of equipment to suppliers
  13. problems that may affect electronic equipment
  14. safe working practice when working near overhead cables and electricity power lines


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Version Number


Indicative Review Date

01 Mar 2021





Originating Organisation

Creative Skillset

Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Grips, Trainee Grip, Key Grip, Crane Operator (Film & TV), Crane Technician (Film & TV)

SOC Code



Grip; hire; equipment; health and safety