WHAT'S NEW - COVID-19 Production Guidance

COVID-19 Production Guidance

First Option has continued to support productions and has been working with a wide range of industry stakeholders to develop protocols and procedures which can be used to make programmes safely under the current and likely future restrictions. 

This is 'work in progress' and will be updated as legal requirements, emerging evidence about the disease and best practice develops.  

The guidance has been produced in discussion with production groups, broadcasters, the British Film Council Production Sub-Group, BECTU and with input from our safety consultants:  Anne Shanley, Bob Forster, Guy Lunn, Jonathon Bradbury and Mac McGearey

The Guidance includes: 

  • Risk Assessment
  • Office/Workshop Set Up
  • Recces 
  • Location Selection
  • Meetings, Auditions, Castings, Show & Tell
  • Travel to and between Locations
  • Temporary Accommodation
  • Health Monitoring and Testing during Production
  • General interaction on set
  • Hygiene and Cleaning Regimes 
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Scripted Action
  • Hair & Make-up
  • Costume and Wardrobe
  • Galleries and OB Vehicles
  • Catering and Other Craft Services
  • Generic Risk Assessment

First Option can support you with:

  • Planning and policy documentation
  • Risk assessment
  • Bespoke Infection Prevention and Control Risk Assessments
  • Risk mitigation and reduction implementation
  • Training and Briefing
  • Onsite Support including infection control focal points
  • Safety Equipment - PPE masks, sanitizing gels and wipes, IR thermometers
  • Medics
Managing COVID-19 Risks on Productions' course

To support our guidance we have developed an online 'Managing COVID-19 Risks on Productions' course.  

A link to the course content, availability and bookings can be found here.