Non-fiction trade organization NPACT has launched a hotline for unscripted producers and crew members to report on health and safety concerns related to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The establishment of the COVID-19 Online Hotline comes as reality series and entertainment formats head back into production across much of the U.S., even as positive cases continue to climb throughout the country.
The hotline has been made available to those working in unscripted production at any level or position, regardless of whether the production outfit they are working for is a member of NPACT.
Once a concern is submitted to the hotline, the non-scripted trade body will share the anonymously reported information with the relevant production studio along with NPACT’s best practice guidelines and government resources from the CDC, the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
“We know how seriously producers and their network and streaming partners are taking health and safety protocols, which is allowing production to resume and people to get back to work,” said NPACT interim GM Michelle Van Kempen in a statement. “As the leader in promoting best practices in non-fiction, NPACT believes it’s also essential for workers to have a safe place to anonymously report any health and safety concerns they may have.
“We applaud the heroic efforts producers, buyers and staff are making to keep production up and running safely, and know that as we work together to promote communication and compliance, our industry will continue to thrive.”