Camera Branch: Anonymous COVID-19 Safety Reporting
You can use this form to let the Camera Branch know if you've been asked to work in a way that you believe to be unsafe in relation to Covid-19. You do not have to be a BECTU member.
This information will be used for monitoring purposes - members who need immediate help from a union official should contact BECTU directly on
or call 020 7346 0900 during office hours.
You can also read the government guidance for reporting of coronavirus incidents in the workplace under RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) here:
. Your employer is obliged to report a ‘dangerous occurrence’ if an unintended incident at work has led to someone’s possible or actual exposure to coronavirus, and must also report any actual cases or deaths that happen as a result.
Further information on the work of the BECTU Camera Branch can be found at
. To join, email
& ask for the Covid-19 rate.
What is your role in the Camera Department?
I work in the Camera Department but I'd prefer not to say which role
DoP / Lighting Camera / Cinematographer
Camera Operator (inc Steadicam/gimble)
Focus Puller / 1st AC
Clapper Loader / 2nd AC
Specialist Operator (underwater/MoCo/aerial/jimmy-jib etc)
Camera Prep Tech (Rental house/Facilities)
Racks (Remote Colour, Exposure, etc)
What's the title of the production you want to tell us about?
And what is the production company?
Production contact name & email (for the record - not compulsory). Any member who wants BECTU to contact a production on their behalf should email
What sort of job is it?
Continuing Drama / Soaps
Factual / Documentary
Sports + OB
Facilities / Rental House
What is the start date & how long is the engagement?
Where is the shoot taking place?
Did production ask you to quarantine before starting work? If so, for how long, & were you on full pay?
Generally speaking, how safe do you feel working on this job, in relation to Covid-19?
Not at all safe
Liability (tick all that apply):
I have been told production's insurance would not cover me if I caught Covid-19 at work
I was asked to sign a waiver saying I was working 'at my own risk' or similar
I was asked to sign a document stating I hadn't been in contact with anyone infected with Covid-19
I have been told I will be sent home on full pay if I develop Covid symptoms
I have been told that I will be sent home without pay if I develop Covid symptoms
None of the above
Liability: are you aware that according to UK law, even if you sign a waiver, your employer still has a duty of care to protect you?
Getting to work:
I drive my own vehicle / cycle / walk to work
I have no choice but to take public transport
Production have provided transport to/from work, where I feel safe & don't have to share (e.g. black cab)
Production have provided transport but it's too crowded for social distancing
Transport during the working day / between unit base & location:
Enough vehicles are provided to ensure social distancing is possible
Vehicles are crowded/social distancing impossible
No transport is needed
Was there a Covid-19 safety briefing or similar communication of what protocols were in place before starting work?
Don't know - I may have missed it
Was there any testing offered? Tick all that apply.
Temperature taken before starting work
Specific Covid-19 swab testing
Crewing levels: were you asked to work with a smaller crew than usual? If so, which job roles have been left unfilled & how does that affect you?
Is sufficient time given for safe working? Tick all that apply & use 'other' to give more information.
The pace of shooting is slower than usual to allow for social distancing etc
No allowance is made in the pace of the shooting day
Enough time is allowed for frequent hand washing
Sufficient time is allowed for cleaning equipment during the normal working day
Cleaning equipment has to happen before unit call or after the scheduled wrap time
PPE provision (masks & gloves):
Production have provided good-quality PPE and there is sufficient quantity to change it when needed
Production have provided some PPE but it is poor quality/insufficient quantity
Production have provided gloves but no masks
Production have provided masks but no gloves
No PPE has been provided
Were you offered any training in the safe use of PPE (e.g. putting on, taking off, disposal etc)?
Are there any crew on set who refuse to use PPE (not including actors)?
Is social distancing practised on set?:
Yes, and I am generally happy with how that is done
Some, but it isn't really followed strictly enough
There is no social distancing at all
Has a system of on-set 'zoning' or one-way traffic around set been put in place? What methods were used? Was it adhered to?
Has 70% alcohol hand sanitiser been provided?
Yes, and there is plenty of it
Yes, but there isn't enough to go around
Have sufficient hand-washing facilities been provided?
Catering (tick all that apply):
Meals are provided in single-serve boxes
Dining area is big enough to allow social distancing
Queueing system allows for social distancing
Catering service & dining facilities are much the same as before Covid-19
Kit cleaning (tick any that apply):
Equipment had been sterilised/quarantined by the rental company before it was delivered
Equipment has to be cleaned/sterilised by shooting crew at the beginning of each day
Equipment has to be cleaned/sterilised by shooting crew after wrap
A 'swing' crew is employed to clean/sterilise equipment overnight
Cleaning materials for kit
Production have provided sufficient appropriate disinfectant/cleaning materials
Production have provided some (but not enough) disinfectant/cleaning materials
Production haven't provide any disinfectant/cleaning materials
Symptoms & illness (check any that apply)
Since beginning work, I have developed symptoms and been sent home
Since beginning work, I have developed symptoms, but continued to work
Since beginning work, a colleague with whom I was in contact became ill & was sent home, and I have now been sent home
Since beginning work, a colleague with whom I was not in contact became ill & was sent home, and I am still reporting to work
Since beginning work, I have become seriously ill and have had to seek medical help/treatment
Since beginning work, a colleague has become seriously ill and they have had to seek medical help/treatment
Our production has had to shut down due to illness amongst the cast/crew
Further severe reporting...
I need to report the death/ life-changing illness of one of my colleagues
Anything else you want to tell us?
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