The Hottest Job in Hollywood: COVID Compliance Officer + How to Become One
Nobody likes a tattletale. Unfortunately because “in the middle of a pandemic” is currently on repeat in the back of everyone’s mind, the only way that productions can continue these days is with stringent safety protocols.
So who checks and enforces those protocols? Well, Film Connx Fam, the newest, hottest (perhaps hated?) job in Hollywood: COVID Compliance Officer.
Wondering what a COVID Compliance Officer actually does and *gasp* how to become one? We’ve got you covered.
A Brief History of COVID Compliance Roles
According to the LA Times “[COVID Compliance Officers were] created under an agreement [in September 2020] between entertainment unions and an alliance of producers as part of the terms for Hollywood’s return to production. Already, an industry is emerging around this important position. Some companies are offering training and certification, others are providing consulting services to productions.”
The old way of messy sets is no more in a world where the enemy is airborne, highly contagious, and deadly. One good thing is that because productions are required to have medics on the set, many of them have taken on the role of compliance officer or supervisor.
“The challenge is that we’re living in a new world; the way that people have gone about doing their jobs on the set has changed dramatically,” said Thom Davis, business manager of IATSE Local 80, which represents set medics, grips, and other workers. “You’ve learned to do things in a certain way,” Davis added. “And now, all of a sudden, you can’t do that. It takes a mental retraining.”
What a COVID Compliance Officer Does
A COVID Compliance Officer’s job is to ensure that pandemic safety protocols are being strictly followed. According to The Wrap, a compliance officer’s job can be extremely grueling, even for seasoned production staff:
“The set’s COVID compliance team typically begins its job the day before pre-production starts. It includes implementing the testing cadence and making sure there is enough PPE for everyone on set. Once filming begins, the number of people on set can balloon from the five-to-six-person Health and Safety team to as many as 800 people over the course of filming.
Each day starts with temperature checks… as well as an app on which everyone has to answer basic questions about how they’re feeling and if they missed any of their testing days. How many times someone must be tested depends on which “zone” they fall in. For example, people in “Zone A,” – those who will be less than six feet apart and not wearing PPE at any given point (aka the actors) – are tested daily. Others might be tested between one and three times each week.
The COVID compliance officers are among those who are tested daily.”
How to become a COVID Compliance Officer
Despite the schedule and hall monitor-esque role, these positions are crucial for the future of production. Considering becoming one?
Our COVID Resources page lists many pandemic resources including where to find COVID Compliance certifications.
Also, consider joining FilmConnx.com to search for COVID Compliance Officer jobs or create a profile once you’re certified.
Until then, mask up and back up to help keep others and our productions safe.
Film Connx Industry News Roundup:
Pandemic Drove On-Location Filming In Los Angeles To Lowest Levels In 25 Years, FilmLA Says – via Deadline
The year is 1996. The quirky show 3rd Rock From The Sun just premiered on NBC, songstress Brandy stars in Moesha on UPN… UPN is still called UPN… and the total shoot days in Los Angeles fall at just under 19,000.
Well, Moesha wasn’t the only thing that returned to us in 2020. The on-location filming in LA last year fell to its lowest in 25 years.
Cannes 2021 Postponed Until July – via TheWrap
There are no can’ts only Cannes, but you’ll have to wait a little longer for it. The Cannes Film Festival, now in its 74th year, will take place July 6-17. It was meant to begin May 11 and run through May 22.
Last year’s Cannes was originally scheduled between May 12-23, was postponed, and then waited until early May to finally outright cancel an in-person festival… here’s hoping we don’t see a repeat of this scheduled–postponed-canceled pattern this year.
‘Bridgerton’ Officially Becomes Netflix’s Biggest Series Of All Time, Reaching 82M Households – via Shadow & Act
We’re not ashamed to admit it; we watched Bridgerton for the plot. Well, the plot = Regé-Jean Page, but still… We aren’t the only ones who enjoyed the show. In fact, 82 million households viewed Bridgerton worldwide.
The show smashed Netflix’s records and became the network’s highest-viewed series ever. Now that’s worth a bow. Fortunately, our knees are a little bit better than Lady Danbury’s so: brava, Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers!