IATSE / DGA / SAG White Paper & ‘Safe Way Forward’
As a starting point, I recommend taking a look at the comprehensive white paper on proposed health and safety guidelines from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. These guidelines are created and presented by AMPTP’s The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) which consists of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Basic Crafts Unions, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, (SAG-AFTRA) and the Directors Guild of America (DGA). Nearly all film unions I know.
The guidelines are based on discussions with health experts, guidelines issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and include input from industry participants familiar with the working conditions of motion picture and television production.
To download a copy of the white paper, click here.
Safe Way Forward
The second article I recommend is “The Safe Way Forward.” These are more detailed guidelines from the same unions.
“Developed jointly by the Unions and Guilds in consultation with leading epidemiologists and experts, the Guidelines are a follow-up to the Industry White Paper recently delivered to the Governors of New York and California, and other state governments. While the White Paper offered a foundation for the appropriate state agencies to examine the resumption of production and provides guidance Employers must follow to provide a safe working environment, it expressly contemplated that specific protocols regarding mandatory testing, personal protective equipment (PPE), and department-specific procedures would be the subject of further discussions and agreement between the producers and the unions. Today’s Guidelines announced by the Unions and Guilds set forth key components of those detailed protocols.” – (SAG-AFTRA, June 12, 2020 )
It is written in a language that is very easy to read. It almost feels like a conversation. This has the smartest most applicable ways to implement production safety I’ve seen in any guideline for production.
I highly recommend you take an hour of your day and read this.
for The Safe Way Forward – Production Safety Guidelines pdf.
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Pandemic Production Guidelines and Protocols in Popular States
Here are some of the local guidelines for states and cities that are popular destinations for filming.
Opened June 12, 2020.
(Source: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/ )
On June 22, entered Phase 2 of Reopening.
(Source: https://forward.ny.gov/phase-four-industries )
(Source: https://www.georgia.org/covid19filmguide )
Effective June 3, 2020 on-set/on-location media production can operate
(Source: https://gov.texas.gov/film/post/coronavirus )
For other local guidelines, refer to the specific cities or states film commission websites.
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