AMPTP Submits Health Guidelines for Safe Return to Work for Film Industry

The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force has released and submitted to state governments in California and New York a 22-page document containing guidelines for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19. Members of the task force include representatives from organizations such as Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA), Directors Guild (DGA), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), Teamsters and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), which collectively exercised final control over their content, based on the input provided.

The recommendations outline guidance regarding protective measures to be used, including regular screening, diagnostic testing, use of personal protective equipment, cleaning and disinfecting work sites, and appropriate response should an employee contract COVID-19 or be exposed to it.

The guidelines are based on discussions with health experts, guidelines issued by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and input from industry participants familiar with the working conditions of motion picture and television production.

While these guidelines and protocols address many elements of production, productions must consult applicable state and local public health orders as well as applicable federal and state OSHA guidelines.

The Task Force recognizes that COVID-19 is a new disease and many of the facts surrounding COVID-19 are still being determined. Several elements of the protocols including testing and PPE are subject to further discussion and agreement between the Employers and the Unions and Guilds representing the cast and crew.

Click here to review the Industry-Wide Labor-Management Saftey Committee Task Force’s Proposed Health & Safety Guidelines for Motion Picture, Television & Streaming Productions during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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