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Safety Bulletins

Recommended by Industry-Wide
Labor-Management Safety Committee
for the Motion Picture and Television Industry

Safety Bulletins are researched, written, and distributed by the Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee for use by the motion picture and television industry. The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee is composed of guild, union, and management representatives active in industry safety and health programs.

Safety Bulletins are guidelines recommended by the Safety Committee. They are not binding laws or regulations. State, federal, and/or local regulations, where applicable, override these guidelines. Modifications in these guidelines should be made, as circumstances warrant, to ensure the safety of the cast and crew.

The Committee and the Safety Bulletins are representative of the commitment of both Labor and Management to safe practices in the motion picture and television industry. The members of the Committee and all those who contributed to its work have devoted a great deal of time and effort to these guidelines because of the importance of safety to our industry.

All Industry personnel have legal and moral responsibility for safety on the set or wherever they may be working. The Safety Bulletins may be reproduced and attached to Call Sheets or otherwise distributed to affected employees.

Safety Bulletins are written or revised to meet new standards or situations. Your questions or suggestions are invited. Please contact:

AMPTP Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee
2710 Winona Avenue
Burbank, California 91504
818.565.1656

Safety is something in which we all have a share.

Informational Fact Sheets

Studio Safety Hotlines

Introduction (same text as the preceding)

Table of Contents (same as the following links)

SAFETY BULLETINS
Bulletin No. Description Date Released
1 Recommendations for Safety with Firearms And Use of "Blank Ammunition"     (Spanish Version) Revised 04/16/03
2 Special Use of "Live Ammunition"     (Spanish Version) Issued 04/16/03
3 Guidelines Regarding the Use of Helicopters in Motion Picture Productions     (Spanish Version) Issued 08/15/01
3A Addendum "A" External Loads Helicopter     (Spanish Version) Issued 08/15/01
4 Stunts     (Spanish Version) Revised 01/26/05
5 Safety Awareness     (Spanish Version) Issued 06/19/02
6 Animal Handling Rules for the Motion Picture Industry     (Spanish Version) Revised 01/21/98
7 Recommendations For Diving Operations     (Spanish Version) Revised 08/29/07
8 Guidelines for Traditional Camera Cars     (Spanish Version) Revised 07/19/06
8A Addendum "A" - Process Trailer/Towed Vehicle     (Spanish Version) Revised 08/28/12
8B Addendum "B" - Camera Boom Vehicles     (Spanish Version) Revised 08/28/12
8C Addendum "C" - Power Line Distance Requirements     (Spanish Version) Revised 08/28/12
9 Safety Guidelines for Multiple Dressing Room Units     (Spanish Version) Revised 10/03/95
10 Guidelines Regarding the Use of Artificially Created Smokes, Fogs and Lighting Effects     (Spanish Version) Revised 10/20/99
11 Guidelines Regarding the Use of Fixed-Wing Aircraft in Motion Picture Productions     (Spanish Version) Issued 08/15/01
11A Addendum "A" - External Load Guidelines     (Spanish Version) Issued 08/15/01
12 Guidelines for the Use of Exotic Venomous Reptiles     (Spanish Version) Revised 09/19/95
13 Gasoline Operated Equipment     (Spanish Version) Revised 10/04/95
14 Parachuting and Skydiving     (Spanish Version) Revised 01/06/06
15 Guidelines for Boating/Watercraft Safety for Film Crews     (Spanish Version) Revised 08/20/13
16 Recommended Guidelines for Safety with Pyrotechnic Special Effects     (Spanish Version) Revised 05/22/09
17 Water Hazards     (Spanish Version) Revised 08/20/13
18 Guidelines for Safe Use of Stunt Air Bags, Boxes or Other Freefall Catch Systems     (Spanish Version) Revised 04/17/13
19 Recommended Guidelines for the Use of Open Flame on Production     (Spanish Version) Revised 09/18/09
20 Guidelines for Use of Motorcycles     (Spanish Version) Revised 02/23/96
21 Guidelines for Appropriate Clothing and Personal Protective Equipment     (Spanish Version) Revised 06/05/09
22 Guidelines for the Use of Scissor Lifts (Elevating Work Platforms) and Aerial Boom Lifts (Extensible Boom Platforms)     (Spanish Version) Revised 09/05/17
22A Addendum "A" - Power Line Distance Requirements     (Spanish Version) Revised 07/15/11
23 Guidelines for Working with Portable Power Distribution Systems and Other Electrical Equipment     (Spanish Version) Revised 08/20/13
23A Addendum "A" - Power Line Distance Requirements     (Spanish Version) Revised 07/15/11
23B Addendum "B" - Basic Electrical Safety Precautions for Motion Picture and Television Off Studio Lot Location Productions     (Spanish Version) Issued 08/01/00
23C Addendum "C" Working With 480 Volt Systems     (Spanish Version) Revised 08/20/13
23D Addendum "D" Common Motion-Picture/Television Tasks and Associated Personal Protective Equipment     (Spanish Version) Revised 10/10/11
23E Addendum "E" Guidelines for Meeting National Electrical Code (NEC) Grounding Requirements for Portable Generators Supplying Portable Equipment in the Motion Picture and Television Industry     (Spanish Version) Issued 04/04/13
24 California OSHA Safety Requirements for Handling of Blood and Other Potentially Infectious Materials     (Spanish Version) Revised 03/23/00
25 Camera Cranes     (Spanish Version) Issued 12/16/98
25A Addendum "A" - Power Line Distance Requirements     (Spanish Version) Revised 07/15/11
26 Preparing Urban Exterior Locations for Filming     (Spanish Version) Issued 09/20/00
27 Poisonous Plants     (Spanish Version) Issued 02/21/01
28 Guidelines for Railroad Safety     (Spanish Version) Revised 04/17/13
29 Guidelines for Safe Use of Hot Air Balloons     (Spanish Version) Issued 08/15/01
29A Addendum "A" - External Load Guidelines for Safe Use of Hot Air Balloons     (Spanish Version) Issued 08/15/01
30 Recommended Guidelines for Safely Working with Edged, Piercing, and Projectile Props     (Spanish Version) Revised 07/18/17
31 Safety Awareness When Working Around Indigenous "Critters"     (Spanish Version) Issued 11/06/01
32 Food Handling Guidelines for Production     (Spanish Version) Under Review
32A Addendum "A" - Los Angeles County Approved Film Production Food Services     (Spanish Version) Revised 09/01/13
33 Special Safety Considerations when Employing Infant Actors (15 days to Six Months Old)     (Spanish Version) Revised 01/22/97
34 Guidelines for Working in Extreme Cold Temperature Conditions     (Spanish Version) Revised 01/05/16
34A Addendum "A" Wind Chill Chart     (Spanish Version)
35 Safety Considerations for the Prevention of Heat Illness     (Spanish Version) Revised 10/17/07
36 Recommended Guidelines for Safely Working Around Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)     (Spanish Version) Revised 11/01/17
36A Addendum "A" - Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Exemption Summary - REMOVED (see #36 above) Removed 11/01/17
37 Vehicle Restraint Systems - Seat Belts & Harnesses     (Spanish Version) Revised 12/09/02
38 Guidelines for Inclement or Severe Weather     (Spanish Version) Revised 07/27/09
39 Safety Guidelines for Using Foam(ed) Plastics in Set and Prop Construction     (Spanish Version) Issued 01/18/06
40 Guidelines for Non-Camera Utility Vehicles     (Spanish Version) Issued 10/17/07
41 Recommended Guidelines for Safely Working On and Around Gimbals     (Spanish Version) Issued 08/07/12
42 Guidelines for Alternative Driving Systems     (Spanish Version) Issued 06/16/15
43 Recommended Guidelines For Free Driving     (Spanish Version) Issued 05/01/18
PROCEDURAL GUIDELINES
Guideline No. Description Date Released
1 Special Procedures For Minors Performing Physical Activities     (Spanish version) Issued 05/17/06
INFORMATIONAL Fact Sheets
Description Date Released
General Code of Safe Practices for Production     (Spanish version) Revised 10/17/02
Safety & Health Awareness Sheet Extended or Successive Takes     (Spanish version) Issued 05/21/10
Safety & Health Awareness Sheet Guidelines for Handling Freshly Painted or Printed Backdrops and Other Graphic Arts     (Spanish version) Issued 01/06/06
Safety & Health Awareness Sheet Photographic Dust Effects     (Spanish version) Issued 05/25/05
Safety & Health Awareness Sheet Guidelines for Reducing the Spread of Influenza-Like Illness     (Spanish version) Issued 09/18/09
Studio Safety Hotlines     (Spanish version) Revised 04/29/17