Regulations in many jurisdictions require employers to ensure the ready availability of medical personnel for advice and consultation on matters of industrial health or injury. In jurisdictions where this is not a regulatory requirement, proper medical coverage is strongly recommended. In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace, this requirement / recommendation is generally fulfilled by a person or persons adequately trained to render first aid. This training shall be equal to that of the Red Cross or local equivalent. There should also be adequate first aid materials readily available for employees on all job sites.
Generally, when working on a major motion picture studio, medical services are provided to the production under contract by the facility. It is customary practice on motion picture shooting and construction 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 bloodborne pathogen training for all medics be checked 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.
Depending on the number of cast and crew at a location and the nature of the work to be conducted at the site, the first aid requirements will be different for each location. The number of providers, level of training and the amount and the type of first aid supplies necessary at each location will depend upon the following factors:
- The number of workers on location at any time;
- The nature of the work being performed;
- The response time for local fire department and paramedics; and
- The travel time to a medical facility.
Due to the variety of activities involved in motion picture production, some activities will have a moderate degree of risk while other activities such as stunts, pyrotechnics and certain construction and rigging work, involve a potentially high degree of risk. In some cases, such as when filming stunts or special effects, it is standard practice to have a paramedic and ambulance with advanced life support capability or other emergency medical provider standing by.
All crew and cast should be made aware of the following:
- Location of first aid stations and medical facilities;
- Identification of first aid attendants / production medics;
- Identification of other staff trained in first aid and/or CPR;
- Procedure for summoning medical help;
- The exact work location (address, building or stage number, mile marker, etc.) so they can direct medical personnel to the location should the need arise;
- Procedure for transporting injured employees; and,
- Procedure for reporting injury or illness.
The medic also should maintain the log of incidents and accidents for the production.
If any employee is referred to a physician or hospital, the UPM and Production Safety Specialist should be notified immediately.
It is the responsibility of the Producer to ensure that appropriate medical services are available to all production employees during the course of the production.