Getting back to work.
It goes unsaid that these are trying times for everyone, including all of us in the Oregon media production industry. Yet, we are a strong and vibrant community of professionals, skilled at solving problems and highly capable of meeting the challenges presented by COVID-19. We are also a community of caring individuals known to support each other and work together with respect and grace. These guidelines will help us protect each other while also helping to reduce the spread of the virus as we get back to work.
Voluntary but essential guidelines.
The COVID-19 safety guidelines presented here are designed to provide predictability and consistency to the production process. As conditions and government policies evolve, we will continue to establish new policies and practices for maintaining a safe working environment for all productions. While adherence to the guidelines is voluntary, they shall, in the absence of any negotiations which result in alternative guidelines, be presumed to be in effect on productions carried out by Oregon media industry members. It is the responsibility of the parties involved to come to an agreement prior to the commencement of production concerning situations not covered in these guidelines. It is also the responsibility of the parties to ensure state and federal law is being followed.
Following the current Stay at Home order.
The Oregon media production industry is following the Governor’s Stay at Home order by adhering to the following guidelines:
The work being performed is not considered a social or recreational activity.
The business is not classified as prohibited by the Governor at this time.
All individuals, team members and clients, maintain six feet of social distancing at all times.
How the guidelines were developed.
These guidelines were developed by the OMPA in coordination with Oregon Film, the local chapters of unions and guilds, local department heads and equipment vendors in the industry. They have also borrowed from guidelines offered by sources like AMPTP, IATSE, BECTU, Nordic Film Guide, the EU and others. We have also tried to be as comprehensive as possible by incorporating the thoughts, suggestions and concerns of our Oregon cast and crew.
Assign COVID-Specific Personnel.
It is recommended that every production should include some form of dedicated COVID-19-specific Health & Safety Personnel that manages new production protocols required to keep crews safe in a post-pandemic world.
Implement an Emergency Action Plan (EAP).
Pay attention to everyone’s mental health.
- Emotional support hotline
- Telemedical health and behavioral health resources
- Mindfulness training; and
- Provision of online tools and resources.
Links to Federal and State guidelines.
- CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019
- CDC’s COVID-19 Symptoms & CDC’s “How COVID-19 Spreads”
- Gov. Brown’s “Social Distancing” Restrictions for Oregon, COVID-19 Resource Page and General Guidance for Employers.
- Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 page
- OSHA, Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, 3/2020
- OSHA: COVID-19 page
Stay safe and be well.
Thank you for reviewing and adopting these guidelines as we get back to work!
Have questions or suggestions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
[UPDATED 6/2] GENERAL PRODUCTION PROTOCOLS FOR COVID-19