Safety Guidelines

SAFETY GUIDELINES

“Safety First” is not only a slogan, it is a mandate.  No member of the cast or crew should ever be put in any jeopardy for the purpose of making a shot. There is never a reason to risk anyone’s safety. Nonetheless, many people have been injured and killed on film sets.  

The Safety Meeting

The 1st Assistant Director is the Safety Officer for the production.  However, every person working on a set has an obligation to speak up when they see an unsafe situation. The A.D. should encourage crew members to speak up if they have any concerns.  The A.D. should conduct a safety meeting at the beginning of every shoot day.   

The meeting can be brief and informal but should cover the following items: 

  • Review any specific items that relate to the day’s filming (animals, stunts, smoke effects, etc.)  
  • Refer to any applicable safety bulletins which should be attached to your call sheet. Contract Services Administration Trust Fund (CSATF) is a non-profit organization that administers many programs for the motion picture industry. Here is a link to a list of their safety bulletins. 
  • Demand good housekeeping on the set. Walkways and work areas should be kept free of equipment and debris. While shooting on a sound stage, a four-foot perimeter from the stage wall must be maintained at all times. All exits must be free and clear.  
  • Locate emergency exits as well as the location of fire extinguishers and first aid kit. 
  • Provide designated smoking/vaping areas with butt cans. 
  • Determine a muster area in case evacuation becomes necessary 

Clothing 

The set is a work place and clothing appropriate for the work being done should be worn. Jewelry, loose sleeves, exposed shirt tails, or other loose clothing should not be worn around machinery in which it might become entangled. Long hair should be tied back when working around machinery and or equipment with moving parts. 

Make sure the crew is informed (a note on the call sheet is advised) of clothing requirements (heat, cold, rain, snow, etc.) and that protective equipment such as safety glasses or hearing protection is available when needed. 

Foot Protection 

Per OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) open toed shoes are not allowed for crew. They, along with high heels (unless they are part of an actor’s costume), are never appropriate for a film set. Sturdy, all weather shoes or boots with slip resistant soles are a smart investment for a film crew member and are strongly recommended. Film sets can go as long as twelve hours. That’s a long time to be on your feet. Wear shoes that are supportive and comfortable. Your muscles and back will thank you!

Hand Protection 

Gloves should be worn when the work involves exposure to cuts, burns, chemical agents or electrical hazards capable of causing injury or impairments. 

Hospitals, Emergency Rooms & On-Set Medics 

As part of SFTV safety requirements, you must list the location of the nearest hospital or emergency room on every call sheet. If your location is more than five miles to the nearest facility, Production Administration may require your production to hire an on-set medic, EMT or trauma nurse.   

LMU Student Health Services EMT alumni are also a good source to find an on-set medic. The rate is $20/hour. A rental fee for their supplies will need to be negotiated. You may contact Dylan Resnick  for a list of available and interested EMT’s. 

In addition, there are several services that provide trained medics such as Event Medics or Set Medics LA. 

You can also contact a local fire station or hospital to inquire about hiring an off-duty EMT or nurse.  

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