Film & TV recovery plan

For many weeks now, Bectu has been working on very detailed guidance about exactly what our definition of safe-working practices will be if there is a return to work in the context of social distancing rules being in place.

Film & TV safe working (COVID-19)

Throughout April and May 2020, Bectu has been consulted by the British Film Commission (BFC) on their Film & TV Production Code of Practice, covering any return to workplaces during the COVID-19 crisis. Bectu have had a seat on the panel that has commissioned this work.

This is a document that will be sent to every employer in the ‘inward investment in film and high-end TV’ sector with a recommendation that their working practices should be based on it.

This document is expected to be signed off by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and made public on the BFC website during week commencing 25/05/2020.

See the BFC guidance

Bectu guidance to members

For many weeks now, Bectu has also been working on very detailed guidance about exactly what our definition of COVID-19 safe-working practices is.

This document has been led by Jai Lusser of Bectu’s Assistant Directors Branch with contributions from hundreds of Bectu Representatives, representing approximately 15,000 members working in the UK film and TV sector.

It contains detailed guidance on specific departmental work as well as an overview of the industry’s practices.

Read Bectu’s guidance.

Please do not distribute the document and only share this page as the document will be updated regularly and by distributing the document rather than this link will only cause confusion. This document is under constant revision – please only circulate a link to this page: https://www.bectu.org.uk/covid19-return-to-work


In addition to the Bectu guidance, and the BFC document, the following sectoral guidance is available:

Working for broadcasters

UK broadcasters’ guidance with input from Bectu

Working for commercials

Advertising Producers Association (APA) guidance

Understanding your right to stay safe at work

Bectu will always advise our members to exercise their legal right to refuse to work if they think their work environment is unsafe. The intention of Bectu’s guidance to its members is to provide supporting documentation so they can make an informed choice.

Separately, the union will be publishing advice to members on potential changes to working terms and conditions relating to sick-pay and payment for other COVID-19 absences.

As a union, we pay tribute to the many reps who have given up huge amounts of their time on a voluntary basis in pulling these documents together.

Spencer MacDonald, National Secretary
Bectu London Production Division and Regional Production Division