ScreenSkills to organise safe return to set seminars

Practical information on the safe return to production in the context of the coronavirus will be offered in ScreenSkills’ new series of seminars complementing official guidance.

The safe return to set seminars will present legal, logistical, craft and technical advice on working safely, including using case studies from film and high-end television productions already back in action to share up-to-date experience and develop new best practice on operating with the new challenges.

The series will feature craft and technical crew from productions representing films of different scales and budgets including Pirates, as well as the HETV series Death in Paradise by Red Planet Paradise and Pursuit of Love by Moonage Pictures, now shooting in Guadeloupe and the South West respectively.

A separate discussion will bring together health and safety specialists to share how they are adapting and responding to the new working environment.

The series will launch on 6 August with a Q&A session with media lawyers Wiggin LLP on legal questions including recommended contractual changes post-lockdown, risk assessments and considerations including sick pay, data protection and returning from furlough. It will be aimed at everyone from employers and hirers to freelancers.

A separate session will provide information and guidance for further and higher education and organisations working with students.

The hands-on series will complement the Working Safely During Covid-19 guidance produced by a working party for film and high-end television convened by the British Film Commission (BFC) as part of the BFI’s Screen Sector Task Force as well complementing guidance put together by the UK broadcasters.

More details of individual events will be announced in coming weeks. All will be found in ScreenSkills opportunities directory.

More than 10,000 people have now successfully completed the coronavirus basic awareness on production training which is available free online. Go to tips for safe production guidance for tips for productions to develop their own protocols for working safely.

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