Covid19 Safe Working Practices

To ensure safe working practices during filming, we've produced a set of guidelines for all crew, clients and contributors. The safety and wellbeing of all those involved in filming is a collective responsibility and of paramount importance. Let's work together to ensure safe and collaborative film sets and get back to producing incredible video content.

Covid19 Safe Working Practices

To ensure the safety of all crew, clients and contributors these safe working practices must be followed at all times whilst filming on set or location. These are based on government guidelines and as such may be updated.

Maintain social distancing rules at all times, wash your hands regularly, show respect to others and use common sense.

People

  • For all productions the minimum number of crew and contributors will be used, as long as this does not affect the safety of those on set.
  • No unnecessary people will be allowed onset/location from client, agency or production sides.
  • All crew and contributors must be well and free from the symptoms of Covid19. These include a fever or high temperature (over 37.8℃) and a new continuous cough. For more information on the symptoms of Covid19 see NHS guidelines - If you feel you have any of these symptoms, or have come into close contact with anyone who does or that has been diagnosed with Covid19, you must not attend the shoot. Contact the producer to let them know. Contact 111 for medical advice and self-isolate for 14 days.
  • All people attending a shoot must adhere strictly to social distancing rules, ensuring at least 2m (6ft) distance between yourself and others. Where possible give more space than this, be gracious and allow people the space to move and work.
  • Cast and contributors must maintain social distancing rules whilst on camera.
  • Avoid contact with the vulnerable. The NHS defines these higher risk groups as any of the following; are over 70, with a long-term condition, are pregnant, have a weekend immune system. See NHS Guidelines. Where this is editorially justifiable, further precautions must be taken to ensure their safety.

 

Hygiene

  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser gel, particularly after handling an object that someone else has touched.
  • Do not touch your face, eyes or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your face when you cough or sneeze with a tissue or the crook of your elbow, not your hands. Dispose of the tissue properly and wash your hands immediately afterwards.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and equipment with sanitising wipes before and after use.

 

Locations

  • Where possible filming will be conducted outdoors. This limits the risk of infection.
  • If filming must take place indoors; maintain social distancing rules, limit the number of spaces used and increase ventilation in the space.
  • Limit the number of people in the space at one time eg crew setup whilst contributor/client waits outside.
  • Spaces and objects that may be touched by crew and contributors should be cleaned/disinfected with sanitising wipes or spray before and after use. This includes tables and work benches, computer stations and kitchen surfaces.
  • Where reasonable rig client/gallery monitors away from the space that filming is taking place.

 

Personal Protective Equipment

  • S&C crew will wear gloves and face masks at all times whilst on set/location.
  • On-screen contributors do not need to wear PPE (unless the task they are being filmed doing requires it)
  • We recommend that all crew, clients and agency staff wear masks and gloves whilst on set/location.

 

Filming Equipment

  • The minimum amount of equipment required to do the job properly will be brought on site and used.
  • All filming equipment and bags will be cleaned/disinfected with sanitising wipes or spray before and after the shoot.
  • Particularly attention will be paid to cleaning any objects that will be used by contributors or other crew members.
  • No persons other than S&C crew members are permitted to touch filming equipment, unless it is an emergency.
  • To maintain social distancing rules appropriate equipment choices will be made. This includes using long lenses for filming and boom mics for audio recording rather than tie-clip mics.

 

Transport

  • Persons taking part in the shoot should travel to site by private car, bicycle or walking. Public transport should be avoided.
  • If public transport is the only means available; social distancing rules must be followed, a face mask and gloves should be worn, hands should be washed/sanitised before and after travelling.
  • If car sharing is necessary; limit the number of persons per vehicle, distance yourselves within the vehicle as much as possible, wear gloves and masks at all times, clean the interior of the car before and after travelling.

 

Food & Drink

  • Persons should bring their own food and drink to the shoot.
  • Clean hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap or hand sanitiser before eating and drinking anything.
  • Food and drink should be consumed off-set in a suitable location, maintaining social distancing rules. Any cutlery and crockery should be washed immediately after use.
  • Regular breaks should be observed to reduce fatigue and dehydration.

 

Post-Production / Office Work

  • Whilst working in the office social distancing rules must be maintained.
  • Clean workstations and computer equipment before/after use.
  • Avoid sharing and passing objects or equipment.

 

These rules are for the health and safety of all participating in the shoot, please observe them carefully and with respect for those involved. Additional time should be scheduled to ensure these rules are adhered to properly. Please note these restrictions may affect within reason the way in which filming takes place, the amount that can be filmed in a given time period and also the final look or outcome of the video.

 

Stay safe.