New York Production Locals

Checklist for Production Safety - 2018

  • Production is subject to both NYS and Federal Workplace Regulations

    Production is responsible for the Safety of their Employees

    A NYS Qualified Production Facility does NOT make any guarantees as to the fitness of any QPF for any particular project or purpose.

    RULE NUMBER ONE: Just because someone else shot there does NOT mean the location was tested and found safe.

     

    POTENTIAL HAZARDS

    LEAD - If the building was built before 1980 a lead management program should be held by the landlord. Chipping or peeling paint would indicate that the OSHA standard Lead in Construction (1926.62) applies. NEVER disturb or remove any paint. Production should have the location assessed by a Certified Lead Inspector who will take paint chip and lead dust wipe samples to determine if a professional clean up and/or stabilization of the paint is needed. Their advice should be followed if a cleanup is needed. If lead is present, any clean up and disposal must be done by a certified lead abatement contractor - not IATSE crew members- NYPLs can help arrange for testing and abatement. The Report must be posted for the crew to review.

     

    ASBESTOS - There are many areas in older buildings that are possible sources of asbestos. OSHA Asbestos in Construction (1926.1011) applies. Read the Asbestos Location Protocol- NEVER disturb any areas in an older building without seeing certified laboratory tests that state it has been tested and found asbestos free. The owner of the building should produce this report. All asbestos materials must be addressed by certified asbestos abatement contractors. If you believe there is asbestos, call the office immediately! Once again NYPLs can help arrange for testing and abatement. The abatement Report must be posted for crew to review.

     

    STRUCTURAL HAZARDS - Some locations need to be evaluated by a structural engineer and have conditions corrected. Obvious indications are sagging or tilted floors, stairways that are rickety- railings missing – rotten fire escapes- unstable overhead material including light fixtures, ductwork, and ceiling tiles.

     

    AIR QUALITY PROBLEMS - OSHA sets standards for many air pollutants. Fuel oil spills, mold, spray paints and sewage backup are problems. Carbon Monoxide has no odor, but it can be found in excessive amounts when diesel or gas powered engines such as forklifts, cranes or cars are run indoors. Improperly vented, or unvented diesel fumes are a serious health hazard. Solvent vapor and paint mist can be harmful. Spraying should be done ONLY when a local exhaust system such as a spray booth or slot hood bench is present. Spray gets throughout the building and effects everyone whether or not they are wearing a respirator. Mold and bacterial contamination have been found on work sites. There are no OSHA standards for theses contaminants, but they are recognized as being health issues by other organizations. If you see mold, smell sewerage or have any indication that the air is being contaminated by biological materials Production may need an environmental inspector or abatement contractor to review your choice of location.

     

    IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS CALL YOUR LOCAL

     

    PREPARING THE LOCATION

    WHEN SCOUTING AND PRIOR TO ACCEPTING ANY LOCATION it must be checked for potential safety concerns and hazards. A NYS Qualified Production Facility does NOT make any guarantees as to the fitness of any QPF for any particular project or purpose.

    RULE NUMBER ONE: Just because someone else shot there does NOT mean the location was tested and found safe.

    SAFETY REPORTS CREATED FOR EARLIER JOBS ARE NOT VALID FOR YOUR JOB: Conditions can change due to weather and the progress of the work- leaks, blocked fire lanes, and storage of waste are all matters that need to be monitored. Previous reports and shoots at the same site do not insure safety, your job is different and may use a different footprint in the space. The area may have to be cleaned professionally and then made to look dirty with safe non-toxic materials. If the New York Production Locals have generated a report it will be distributed to crew. If production hands out or posts a report, send it to your Local for review. Many reports are not clearly written and should be reviewed by your Local.

    If it looks bad, smells bad, feels bad, has holes in the floor, peeling paint, or quantities of garbage, rats, bats or pigeon droppings there is a problem that may require professional remediation. It is the responsibility of Production to do this prior to the arrival of any crew!

     

    GETTING THE JOB DONE - A COMMON SENSE CHECKLIST OF OTHER SAFETY ISSUES

    • Is there proper access and egress-exits clearly marked?
    • Are the fire extinguishers up to date, alarm and sprinkler systems working?
    • Is it structurally sound-able to hold crew and equipment?
    • Is there a stocked first aid kit?
    • Is there an Eye Wash station?
    • Are there adequate bathroom facilities?
    • Is potable water available?
    • Is there a clean place to eat and / or get out of the heat?
    • Is the area properly ventilated for the tasks that will be done: exhaust fans for welding, fog and smoke effects and painting?
    • Are you holding safety meetings?
    • Have SDS’s been obtained for all materials when ordered by different departments and are they readily available to the crew?
    • Has everyone been trained in the use of special safety equipment? Are there adequate supplies of the above equipment?
    • What is the company policy on materials? Some companies do not train and do not allow use of materials that involve respiratory equipment.
    • Is every container Labeled?
    • Are electrical cords grounded, and coiled and not in walk ways when not in use?
    • Is cell phone service available?
    • Is there water accumulated on the floor?
    • Has disposal of hazardous waste been arranged?

     

    IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS CALL YOUR LOCAL

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    For more specific information on individual topics such as Prepping Exterior Urban Locations or Safety Considerations for Prevention of Heat Illness visit the AMPTP Contract Services Administration Safety Bulletins website for additional information, guidelines and data relevant to the industry. Also use the USA829 Safety Library.

     

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