HELPING OUR PEOPLE STAY SAFE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
As we return to production after lockdown, the safety of our cast, crew and contributors is our highest priority. In order to ensure
the health and safety of our people during the continued pandemic we have carefully assessed the risks of COVID-19 during
production with reference to government and industry guidance.
In order to reduce those risks identified, as far as reasonably practicable, we will implement a package of control measures that
will be in place during all stages of our productions.
How we are keeping people safe.
We are focusing on the following areas to ensure we can manage the risks of infection from COVID-19, carrying out specific assessments
IN OUR OFFICES:
■ Minimising - minimising the number of people in our offices at any time.
■ Communicating - ensuring those who have symptoms or are ill know not to come into work and to return home immediately if they
become ill at work.
■ Commuting - considering the risks in commuting especially on public transport, introducing mitigations such as staggered start times.
■ Social Distancing - making every effort to ensure social distancing is adhered to from space planning to signage.
■ Cleaning - increasing the frequency of cleaning.
■ Face covering - supporting our people in the safe wearing of face coverings on a commute and in scenarios where they choose to
DURING OUR PRODUCTION ACTIVITIES:
■ Travel - seeking to minimise travel requirements and follow social distancing principles within travel arrangements, wherever
■ Location - considering the physical capacity of space used, given the requirements of social distancing, as well as ensuring the
provision of adequate hygiene facilities.
■ Work Activities - considering the activities that people are going to need to undertake across roles in a production and if these can be
adapted or changed to reduce risk.
■ Work Equipment - managing the sharing of work equipment which is key to production from cameras and headsets to edit suites.
Focusing on good hygiene and managing potential issues with touchpoints.
■ Work Patterns - reviewing work patterns to encourage small groups (cohorts) of people who don’t come into contact with other
■ Catering and Rest Areas - reconfiguring catering provision and planning breaks to ensure our people are as safe as possible.
■ First Aid and Emergency services - planning activities to reduce the risk of requiring emergency services to be called as well as advice
to first aiders on COVID-19 risk.
■ Masks, Gloves and Other PPE - as per the APA COVID Shooting and Office Guidelines.
■ Mental Health - the COVID-19 risk and the response has had a potential Mental Health impact for those working on productions
which should be considered.
■ Monitoring - compliance will be monitored and if required people will be reminded of the new COVID-19 working practices (such as
■ Testing - everyone present on set will be required to show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of the start of the shoot.
Carry on doing everything we’re doing now – but doing it BETTER and doing MORE OF IT.
We all need to be super-vigilant and doing even more of the processes that we know work. We need to be doing it more assiduously and more often.
We need to be ensuring that only those who are ESSENTIAL to the shoot are on set. Trimming numbers will instantly and easily create a safer filming environment.
This is a social virus. Enforce distancing wherever possible. We recommend sticking to the 2m rule as rigidly as possible and only falling back on the ‘1m plus with mitigations’ if there is absolutely no alternative. Also try to work side-by-side rather than face-to-face.
Face coverings / masks
Enforce the proper and assiduous wearing of high-quality face coverings or masks. Consider upgrading all face protection, particularly when people are brought within less than 2 meters of each other, as above.
Do everything possible to avoid creating crowded, stuffy spaces. Achieve some air circulation. The science continues to place greater emphasis on this.
Although the evidence shows infection from surfaces is probably a lower risk, you should still be enforcing hand sanitising and sensible cleaning particularly of high touch areas.
Ensure you’re communicating with all production staff regularly and have them fill out the Health Declaration Form at the point of engagement or confirmation. Make sure you have consent for wearing face coverings and any possible testing if that’s in your mitigation protocol. Crew should know who to contact in Production if they’re having symptoms or have tested positive.
The above simply highlights and emphasis key points from the APA Covid Shooting Guidelines.
In addition, please refer to our Covid-19 testing recommendations here.