Federal OSHA and Cal/OSHA regulations require that every employer ensure the ready availability of medical personnel for advice and consultation on matters of industrial health or injury. In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace, which is used for the treatment of all injured employees, a person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid (American Red Cross or equivalent).
There should also be adequate first aid materials (i.e., first aid kit) readily available for employees on every job site. A frequent inspection shall be made of all first aid materials, which shall be replenished as necessary.
It is customary practice on motion picture shooting, construction and prep / strike locations for a medic or first aid provider to be assigned to provide first aid services to the cast and crew. It is important that the current credentials (nursing license, EMT certificate, etc.) and evidence of blood-borne pathogen training for all medics be confirmed and documented.
It is recommended that a production medic be present in the following situations:
- When the Production is shooting on stage and/or location,
- During production activities where saws or other power tools are being utilized,
- During activities when people are working at heights (ladders, rigging, lifts, etc.),
- Whenever stunts or special effects are being prepped, rigged or shot.
If any employee is referred, transported or self-procures to a physician, hospital, or other medical facility for an occupational incident, the Production Executive and the Production Safety Consultant must be notified immediately. If the referral or transport occurs after normal working hours the representatives should be contacted via mobile phone and / or email.
It is the responsibility of the Safety Program Director to ensure that appropriate medical services are available to all production employees during the course of employment.