Course Material Updates

As information about COVID-19 and prevention protocols evolve, updated course material will be published here.

The change log will identifies the course, update date, and language of the modifications made.

Course material will be updated alongside this change log. There is no requirement to retake the course, we recommend you check this page often to be up-to-date on material updates.

Change Log:

Course: Safe Sets™ COVID-19  Level A
Update: October 18, 2020
Language: English

Modified: Handwashing

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands as they may be a source of transmission.

Wash your hands:

  • with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • after you have been in a public place
  • after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • if they are visibly dirty or soiled

When using sanitizer, cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Added: When to Handwash/Sanitize

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds often. If soap and water are not accessible, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol.  

Wash or sanitize your hands:

  • Before and after handling your mask
  • Before eating or preparing food
  • Before touching your face
  • After using the restroom
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

While public health agencies recommend hand sanitizers with 60-90% alcohol, some preliminary studies show that hand sanitizers with an alcohol content greater than 70% are most effective.

Modified: Social Distancing Challenges for the Film Industry

‘Social Distancing’ has been replaced with ‘Physical Distancing’. Slide title now displays as ‘Physical Distancing Challenges for the Film Industry’

Note: Most references of ‘social distancing’ have been replaced with ‘physical distancing’.

Added: Cleaning and Disinfecting

Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected often. Certain surfaces may need to be disinfected at least three times during production (before, during, and after), such as equipment and high-touch points.

  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them with soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Follow up with a disinfectant approved by your governing body.
  • Do not disinfect a dirty surface without cleaning it first.
Modified: Masks

Masks should always be worn when on set to help reduce the transmission of viruses, protect you from others, and protect others if you are a carrier. When wearing a mask, consider the following:

  • Proper usage of a mask is when it covers from the bridge of your nose to below your chin, with minimal gaping on the sides.
  • Any mask that does not enclose both the mouth and nose is not an acceptable form of mask/face covering because infectious transmission can occur when respiratory droplets escape through any gaps.
  • It is recommended to use, at minimum, a 2-layer mask or face covering for all on set. Options include a surgical mask, non-surgical medical mask, or reusable cloth masks with a minimum of 2 layers (with or without a filter insert).
  • Masks should not have an exhalation valve because these valves allow respiratory droplets to spread outside the mask.
  • Plastic or other non-breathable materials should not be used as a face covering or face mask. The exception to this are reusable masks that include a sealed plastic window in front of the mouth, ideal for working with those hard of hearing.
  • Fit-tested N95 masks should be saved for medical professionals performing aerosol-generating medical procedures and are not recommended for the general public.
  • Consult your association, union, or public health office for guidelines on when an N95 respirator is appropriate.

Wearing a mask properly throughout your production is a sign of respect for those around you, showing them that you value their health and safety. This is particularly important to talent, as they are the most at risk on set since they cannot wear PPE due to makeup, hair, and wardrobe.

Tip: Staying hydrated is important, particularly with long shoot days. Take water breaks 6+ feet away from the rest of the crew or in a secluded area to mitigate risk when removing your mask to drink.

Modified: Eye Protection

  • It is recommended to wear a form of eye protection to prevent respiratory droplets from reaching your eyes.
  • Eye protection can be in the form of goggles or a face shield.
  • Face shields act as a barrier from touching your face, preventing unnecessary face touching and possible transmission.
  • While glasses (prescription, non-prescription, sunglasses) do not provide the same level of eye protection as goggles or a face shield, they may serve as a partial barrier.
  • In all instances, eye protection should be worn in conjunction with a mask.
Added: Transportation

When possible, self-drive to production, sets, scouts, and meetings.

If carpooling:

  • Wipe down vehicle interiors (seats, handles, etc.) frequently.
  • Require that everyone wear face covers.
  • Limit the number of people in each vehicle to ensure that a safe distance can be maintained.
  • Try to keep car windows open as much as possible for increased ventilation.
Modified: Hair & Makeup

Hair and makeup artists cannot fully avoid contact with cast members, and therefore are one of the most at-risk positions on set. However, certain steps can be taken to reduce the risk of transmitting or contracting the virus during interactions.

  • Due to their proximity to talent, artists should wear appropriate PPE by equipping themselves ideally with a face shield (eye protection should be worn if unavailable) and mask. Talent should wear a mask during hair if they have yet to undergo makeup.
  • Keep chairs a minimum of 6 feet apart and limit the number of performers receiving styling at the same time. It’s also recommended to put up physical barriers between stations and sanitize between sessions.
  • Artists should wash their hands frequently. It’s recommended that hair and make-up artists wash up to their elbow, as their arm may come in contact with the performer while the work is being done.
  • Avoid wearing jewelry and artificial nails while working. If required for religious or personal reasons, it is recommended to wear gloves and change them frequently and between performers.
  • Single use brushes and applicators are highly recommended. When not possible, all brushes and applicators must be sanitized between uses. All other equipment should undergo deep cleaning before and after each shoot.
  • When possible, talent should undertake their own “minor touch ups”. Doing so throughout production reduces contact between the artists and talent.
  • Avoid hair and makeup for background actors. Request that non-essential talent come to the shoot with their hair and makeup already styled. Artists can provide looks in advance, and/or connect with them over a video call to provide direction prior to the shoot.
  • Restrict food and drink in the makeup area while work is being performed.
Modified: Screening Your Crew for COVID-19

Producers should have all shoot attendees complete a questionnaire to determine their risk of having contracted COVID-19. Once they have been cleared, follow up regularly to confirm that they are still in good health leading up to the shoot, and follow up throughout the shoot. Remind them to self report if anything changes in order to protect themselves and others.

Below are some standard screening questions that should be used to assess whether a crew member could have contracted COVID-19.

  1. Are you currently experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, fever, sore throat, diarrhea, or any other cold or flu like symptoms? Or have you recently experienced any symptoms?
  2. Have you been in contact with anyone who has known symptoms of COVID-19, or been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive, or are you waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test?
  3. Have you travelled in the last 14 days?

If the answer is “Yes” to any of these questions, the crew member should not be permitted on set and should be referred to their primary healthcare provider.

Now available: Safe Sets™️ COVID-19 Level B (Pre-order)

This course will provide advanced level education on the virus and it’s known interactions with humans, as well as what you can do as a producer, supervisor, on-set leader, coordinator, health & safety team member (including COVID teams and Compliance Officers), and general production staff on a film & television set.