COVID Resources Set Safety

Washington State Set Safety Requirements

On July 8 the Governor’s office posted the official safety on set protocols for all motion picture production in Washington State. The motion picture industry can resume safe operations in any county currently in Phase 2 or 3 of the Governor’s Safe Start Plan. You can read the mandatory safety protocols on the Governor’s website here.

And remember, check in with the local film office or permitting agency in any county where you plan to film as each jurisdiction may have additional safety requirements.

Please Note: These resources were curated from the recommendations of different government agencies, industry organizations, and recommendations from industry members. We ask that each production do its due diligence in researching before choosing what resources are the best fit for them.

Set Safety Requirements Checklist

We've put together a checklist that identifies what each production must do to comply with all the Washington State safety requirements. You can download it here and use it for your own productions. The checklist also includes a link to a Safety Plan template provided by the Governor's Office.

COVID-19 Resources for Film Production

Workplace COVID Resources

Workplace Safety Guidance
Source: Washington State Coronavirus Response Site

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

General Guidance for Workers
Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

WA State Labor & Industries COVID Materials
Source: WA State Labor & Industries

Prepare your Small Business and Employees for the Effects of COVID-19
Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

COVID Resources & Recommendations
Source: Washington State Department of Health

Workplace and Employer Resources & Recommendations
Source: Washington State Department of Health

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), May 2020
Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

COVID-19 Handbook for the Creative Sector
Source: King County Creative

AWB Business Tool Kit
Source: Association of Washington Businesses

Construction Clearinghouse: COVID-19 Resources
Source: The Center for Construction Research and Training

Safety Planning

COVID-19 Set Safety Checklist
Source: Washington Filmworks

This checklist identifies what each production must do to comply with all the Washington State safety requirements.

Set Safety Information Sheet for Workers
Source: Washington Filmworks

This document includes basic set safety information that you can distribute to your cast and crew.

Sample Safety Acknowledgement Form
Source: Washington Filmworks

Washington State Safe Start Safety Plan Template
Source: Washington State Governor's Office

WA Business Signage Toolkit
Source: Washington State Coronavirus Response Site

IATSE COVID Tip Sheet
Source: IATSE

Greenlight Considerations
Source: Producers Guild of America

Guidelines to help Producers determine whether to resume or “greenlight” their production.

COVID Budget Considerations
Source: Producers Guild of America

A list of potential budgetary considerations to account for while ensuring the safety of the production team during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Red Light Procedures
Source: Producers Guild of America

Guidelines to help Producers with the step-by-step process of determining if and when to shut down the production.

Washington State Safe Start Safety Plan Template
Source: Washington State Governor's Office

Request a COVID-19 prevention consultation
Source: WA State Labor & Industries

Employers can request COVID-19 prevention advice and help from L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH)

Mental Health Crisis Care: A Best Practices Toolkit
Source: US Department of Health & Human Services

These guidelines are intended to assist states and communities with the development and implementation of effective crisis services and systems.

IATSE Sample Safety Plan
Source: IATSE

IATSE Safety Precautions for Commercials
Source: IATSE

COVID-19 Safety Plan Tool
Source: Worksafe BC

AWB Safe Work Plan Template
Source: Association of Washington Businesses

Independent Filmmaking in the Time of Coronavirus
Source: Doc Society, Field of Vision, and Sundance Institute

A risk-assessment guide for non-fiction filmmakers.

Employee COVID-19 Daily Screening Template
Source: Archbright

SetSream

Remote streaming solution created by local Seattle crew members.

Currently, we are not aware of “rapid testing” (where results available in minutes) in the state. Due to safety regulations regarding the COVID tests, in Washington State, tests must be obtained through a medical source. Some productions have utilized state sanctioned testing sites throughout the region. Here are some free testing locations:

Free Testing Locations within King County

Free Testing Locations with Spokane County

Some productions have had luck sourcing tests from local medical services. Below are a few services that were recommended by local producers:

Anesis/Atlas Genomics COVID Testing

Anesis has partnered with Atlas Genomics Laboratory to offer antibody and diagnostic COVID-19 testing with results between 1-2 business days, except for tests completed on Friday. Same day results available in certain locations. Available in Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Renton, Spokane, Tacoma and Olympia.

COVID Response Partners

COVID Response Partners offers on-location or remote testing options with quick turnaround times. They also offer a management dashboard for long term management of screening and testing participants, symptom screening forms, and response outbreak mitigation.

Can employers require testing?
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, an employer may choose to administer COVID-19 testing to employees before initially permitting them to enter the workplace and/or periodically to determine if their presence in the workplace poses a direct threat to others. For more information, visit this FAQ Page.

For additional information on COVID Testing you can visit:

Washington State Department of Health Testing Page

FDA Testing Page

CDC Testing Page

Safety Training

Regardless of the size or type of production, a site-specific COVID-19 Supervisor is required in the Phase 2 Motion Picture Production COVID-19 Requirements.

The role of this individual is to monitor the health of employees and enforce the COVID-19 job site safety plan. There is currently no state or federally sanctioned certification for this role. This individual should be knowledgeable about screening employees for signs/symptoms of COVID-19, how to prevent coronavirus transmission and the employer’s COVID-19 policies. You can find some training course options in the tabs below.

The national entertainment unions often set industry standard practices. They are currently recommending the individual performing this role preferably be a set medic and/or has a minimum training of OSHA 30.

They also recommend the rate for the COVID Supervisor position should be treated as a department head.

It should be noted that IATSE signatory productions will also require a Health Safety Supervisor (HSS) that works in a Health Safety Department, with a Manager and staff. This position will have its own training requirements. Please see the Safe Way Forward for more information.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Training Site
Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA Authorized Online Outreach Training Providers
Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Basic Employee Training on COVID-19 Infection Prevention
Source: The Division of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH)

Template framework for basic Employee Training on COVID-19 Infection Prevention.

COVID-19 Sample Training Plans for Contact Tracers, Case Investigators, and Supervisors
Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Virtual Tool: Which Mask to Use
Source: WA State Department of Labor & Industries

WHO Courses and Trainings
World Health Organization

CSATF Training Courses
Source: Contract Services Administration Trust Fund

Construction Clearinghouse: COVID-19 Training Resources
Source: The Center for Construction Research and Training

Inland Northwest AGC: COVID Resource Center
Source: Inland Northwest Associated General Contractors

AGC WA: COVID-Recovery Safety Resources
Source: Associated General Contractors of Washington

COVID-19 Compliance Officer Training
Source: Health Education Services (HES)

COVID-19 Contact Tracing Course
Johns Hopkins University

FREE COVID-19 AWARENESS Course
Source: 360 Training

360training is on the list of OSHA-Authorized Online Outreach Training Providers

OSHA 10 Hour Online Training
Source: 360 Training

360training is on the list of OSHA-Authorized Online Outreach Training Providers

OSHA 30 Hour Online Training
Source: 360 Training

360training is on the list of OSHA-Authorized Online Outreach Training Providers

PPE & Cleaning Supplies

No & Low Cost Masks and Face Coverings for WA Businesses
Source: Business Health Trust and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Small businesses in the State of Washington in any industry can conveniently order the type and quantity needed. Orders are limited to businesses in WA State. You do not have to be a member of BHT or the Seattle Metro Chamber to order.

King County Small Business Safe Start Kits – PPE Request Form
Source: King County

Face Shield Design, Assembly, and User Instructions
Source: WA State Labor & Industries

Different PPE In-Depth Descriptions
Source: American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations

This document provides descriptive information for different types of respirators, masks and face shields, including uses, certification requirements, and OSHA requirements.

Strategies to Optimize the Supply of PPE and Equipment
Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

EPA: List N: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19
Source: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

AWB Rebound & Recovery
Source: Association of Washington Businesses

The Rebound and Recovery website features an easy-to-use tool for helping small businesses find PPE from Washington manufacturers, plus a toolkit full of downloadable resources.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Sourcing List
Source: The Building Industry Association of Washington

The Building Industry Association of Washington is providing this list as guidance on where to source PPE. They make no endorsement of these companies or guarantee regarding product availability.

BOOM! Supplies

Masks, gowns, face shields, hand sanitizer

7 Peaks Healthcare Supply

Masks, gowns, boot covers, gloves, eyewear, face shields, thermometers

GVB Medical

Masks, gowns, gloves, eyewear, face shields

Health Research Systems

Masks, gowns, coveralls, boot covers, gloves, face shields, thermometers

Disposable Food Service Gloves

Gloves from Green Paper Products

PPE Solutions for Entertainment industry

Masks, gowns, gloves, cleaning products, paper products, sanitizer

Pure & Clean Disinfectant / Sanitizer products

Cleaners, sanitizer

Rentable Air Scrubbers

These portable filtration systems remove contaminants through filters

Video Series: Safety on Set Conversations

Safety on Set Conversations: Working on Set with Make-Up, Hair, and Wardrobe

Safety on Set Conversations: DPs & APs

Safety on Set Conversations: A Chat with Commercial Producers

Safety on Set Conversations: Getting Back to Work

Getting Back to Work: Legal Q&A

Getting Back to Work: Production Insurance Q&A