Safety Support

Covid-19 Production Manual

The Yellow Book

Our new production manual - 'The Yellow Book' sets out the detailed measures we advise should be taken by all productions to both operate safely and ensure compliance with the current COVID-19 control restrictions.

The Manual has been produced with reference to production groups, including the PSB Broadcasters, PACT, the British Film Council Production Sub-Group, BECTU and to the main guidance from the US, New Zealand and elsewhere overseas.

It has been compiled by our team of experienced production safety consultants and in collaboration with medical, microbiological and occupational health experts.

In particular, the manual mirrors the UK broadcaster’s industry wide guidance and aligns with the BFC film and high-end TV guidance as well as providing the First Option view.

It provides detailed information on how COVID-19 risks should be controlled within specific activities and departments in production.

The COVID-19 pandemic is an evolving situation and the manual will be updated on a regular basis to as knowledge and best practice develops.

Detailed Protocols

Action to be taken in cases of suspected or actual infection

Art Department, Set Decoration and Graphics

Camera department

Catering and eating arrangements

Children on productions

Cleaning and Disinfection



Creatives and Production

Crowd scenes

Diagnostic Screening

Directors and ADs



Domestic Dwellings

Galleries/OB Vehicles


Hair & Make Up

Health Declarations

Health Monitoring/Testing during Production

Health Screening and Temperature Testing


Insurance/Liability Considerations

Lighting Technicians


Meetings/Auditions/Castings/Show & Tells

Offices and Workshops

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Post-Production Houses/Edit Suites/ADR Facilities

Props department

Recces/Technical Scouting

Rest Areas

Scripted Action

Special Effects

Sound department

Studios and Sets


Temporary Accommodation

Training and Awareness

Transport and Unit Vehicles

Visual Effects

Work Equipment