ScreenSafe – SCREEN INDUSTRY GUIDANCE – COVID-19 Protocols V4.0 UPDATE
Tuesday 17th May 2022
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The ScreenSafe COVID-19 Protocols have now been updated. New Zealand has been through the peak of the Omicron outbreak, the Government has eased many restrictions and the borders are now opening up to the outside world.
While the easing of restrictions will come as a huge relief to everyone, please note that new future variants may result in restrictions being brought back. Being careful and practicing good hygiene measures, both at home and at work, is our best chance at reducing new outbreaks.
ScreenSafe COVID 19 Health and Safety Standard – updated 18th January 2022
These documents need to be read and utilised together. These documents are intended to give Production Companies and HOD’s guidance and forms to manage Covid 19 on a working production.
Surveillance Testing information sheet here updated 14th December 2021
Each production is required to register with ScreenSafe – please read about these requirements carefully in the Protocols.
ScreenSafe COVID 19 Health and Safety Department Roles – updated 20th December 2021
The World is in the grip of a pandemic with the COVID-19 coronavirus.
New Zealand has initiated measures to mitigate the effects of the virus which may affect the productions you are working on or are about to start.
IMPORTANT: keep yourselves, your family and your fellow workers safe.
Here is the NZ Government website: https://covid19.govt.nz/
Protect Yourself and Others – avoid close contact, cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
Stay home if unwell or have a temperature of 38+.
Healthline Team 0800 358 5453 – if you have arrived from overseas and develop a fever, cough or shortness of breath.
Government Helpline 0800 779 997 – if you are unsure what support is available, don’t know who to contact for help or would like more information.
Please note – the ScreenSafe H&S Standard and Protocols can be used by the Screen Sector as minimum standards and guidelines for planning your return to work and return to shooting.
To be clear – each Production Company and Production can draw on these documents, but must create their own individualised Health and Safety Plan and Site plans that are particular and unique to their requirements and to each site on which they intend to shoot.
The Protocols in particular must be viewed as a living document – they have been developed to support and assist you in eliminating or minimising the risk of exposure for all personnel to Covid-19, and in meeting your obligations under the Health and Safety Workplace Act 2015 – however, each Production Company and PCBU must have their own procedures in place to manage this risk, and must work to continually assess and manage the risk of infection transmission, both across the production and at an individual level.
The Protocols will be reviewed regularly as all PCBU’s assess and manage their operations and how these protocols work in practice, from crew to talent to producers.
*WorkSafe New Zealand has assessed this guidance and
is satisfied that it meets their expectations for management
of COVID-19-related risks in the workplace.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION on Coronavirus
New Zealand Government Information
Ministry of Health Information
Ministry of Education Information also provides links to information in other languages from the Ministry of Health.
Your Mental Health and Financial Well-being
Safe To Talk https://1737.org.nz/about/index.html
New Zealand’s national mental health helpline. It is free to text or call this number 1737 anytime to talk with a trained counsellor.
This takes you to a pdf that discusses financial stress and lists contact information for various support groups and agencies.
WINZ – Accessing the Covid-19 Wage Subsidy for the Screen Sector
If you’ve been affected by COVID-19, WINZ may be able to provide financial support. You may be self-isolating at home, or your work may be affected.
This is the fact sheet for financial support as announced by the NZ Government on Tuesday 17th March.
This takes you to the form for financial support as announced by the NZ Government on Tuesday 17th March.
ScreenSafe is not a hotline for specific Health & Safety issues or concerns, please direct these to your Health & Safety representative or WorkSafe
For more information about any of the initiatives ScreenSafe is working on please speak to your relevant Guild representative or contact firstname.lastname@example.org