Safe Return To Work

We understand the pull to return to work due to the lack of access to government schemes for many but we believe in putting your well-being – both physical and mental – first. We recommend only returning to work if there are clear procedures and risk assessments in place. The hair and makeup branch has worked alongside other branches within Bectu to compile a document that was submitted to the BFC, that was included within their guidelines. You can read all the Safe Return To Work documents covering TV, Film and Commercials below as well as further guidance from Bectu regarding issues including having Covid tests on non-work days, productions being suspended or on hiatus and health questionnaires.

20 Principles to a Safe Working HMU Department

This document was put together by working artists within the Bectu hair and makeup branch. It was added to the Bectu Film & TV Recovery Plan document along side other branches safe return to work protocols. This was then fed into the BFC guidelines. Please use this document when discussing setting up a hair and makeup department within a production.

This is a working document and will be updated as new guidlines and advice are issued. Please keep checking back here to ensure you have the most up to date document.

Any comments or suggestions please email bectuhairmakeup@gmail.com

COVID-19 Return to Work – Terms & Conditions
(scripted TV, Film and commercials)

Guidance on returning to workplaces for Bectu members working in TV, feature film and commercials.

BFC Covid-19 Guidance

British Film Commission – Working Safely During Covid-19 in Film and HIgh-end TV Drama Production.

This document is intended to provide high-level guidance to manage Covid-19 specific risk in producing film and high-end TV drama in the UK. It has been prepared in consultation with the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport 9DCMS) with input from crew and crew representatives, industry bodies, unions and the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and in consultation with Public Health England (PHE) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

This guidance should be read in conjunction with the latest UK Government guidance. Productions based in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales should additionally check for the relevant devolved Government guidance as it may differ.

Bectu Film and TV Recovery Plan

During the 1st lockdown, Bectu worked on very detailed guidance about exactly what our definition of safe-working practices will be if there is a return to work in the context of social distancing rules being in place.

This document is a working document and will be updated as new guidlines and advice are issued. Please refer to the link below to ensure you have the most up to date document.

APA Covid-19 Shooting Guidelines

The purpose of these guidelines is to enable production companies to take reasonable and practical steps to safeguard the health and safety of everyone attending a film shoot in relation to Covid-19 and to meet their obligations under the Health and Safety Act, law, and Government regulations on Covid-19. Production companies have that reponsibility, which they can meet by following these guidelines.

This document is a working document and will be updated as new guidelines and advice are issued. Please refer to the link below to ensure you have the most up to date document.

TV Production Guidance

Managing the risk of Coronavirus in production making.

This document is intended as a high-level framework to provide guidance and support for the effective assessment and management of Covid-19 risk in TV production. This should be read in conjunction with general guidance provided by the government about management of Covid-19 risks in work places.

Any questions on any of the above information please email bectuhairmakeup@gmail.com