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NPACT sets up Covid safety hotline

US non-fiction producers’ association NPACT has launched an online hotline for the anonymous reporting of health and safety protocol issues in unscripted production during the pandemic.

Michelle Van Kempen

The hotline is open to anyone working in non-fiction production, regardless of position or whether the prodco they are working for is a member of NPACT.

With production resuming around the US, the NPACT-sponsored hotline can be accessed online to report any Covid-related health or safety issues or concerns related to their work. The hotline is specific to Covid-related concerns only.

Upon receiving a message via the hotline, NPACT will share the anonymously reported information with the relevant production company.

NPACT will also share its own best-practice guidelines, as well as relevant state guidelines, government resources and response information from agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the Department of Labor; the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

NPACT said it and its member companies are committed to best practices regarding Covid-19 production protocols to ensure the health and safety of staff, talent and network partners alike.

NPACT interim general manager Michelle Van Kempen said: “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.

“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.”

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