Working Safely During COVID-19

Vox Pops International has integrated strict safety measures for all in-home fieldwork to keep our respondents and our crew safe. The following guidelines are in line with The British Film Commission’s advice. We take the health of our team and our respondents very seriously and hope to reassure you by explaining the robust checklist we have in place.

We ask that all our participants order a free lateral flow test (delivered next day) from https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests and present photo evidence of a negative test result via WhatsApp to a VPI producer, 1.5 hours before your scheduled filming slot.

Pre-shoot briefing

A VPI Project Manager will contact respondents in the days prior to the scheduled filming, where we will discuss what
respondents can expect and what the filmed interview will consist of.

Social distancing

๏ Crew will avoid any physical greeting with respondents (even fist/elbow ‘greeting’ bumps)
๏ The interview set-up will be done wherever possible with a 2m separation between crew and respondents
๏ B-roll (cutaway footage) will be also captured with these limits in place

Personal Protective Equipment/Crew Hygiene

๏ VPI crew to wear FFP3 masks in respondents’ homes, ensuring this remains over their nose and mouth at all times
๏ Crew will use hand sanitiser before entering a respondent’s home
๏ Any products will be sanitised before and after each interview
๏ VPI crew will also wear a new set of disposable plastic surgical gloves for each interview – to be worn upon entry to a
respondents home
๏ All VPI equipment will be sanitised before and after each interview

Lateral flow testing – CREW

๏ Both VPI crew members will carry out daily lateral flow tests the morning of each fieldwork day at least 1 hr before travel
๏ Photographic evidence of negative/positive tests will be recorded
๏ If negative crew will not to report for work and follow UK government guidance on self-isolation and testing

Lateral flow testing – RESPONDENTS

๏ Respondents will be required to carry out daily lateral flow tests in the morning of their interview at least 1.5 hrs before
their scheduled slot
๏ Photographic evidence of negative/positive test will need to be sent to a designated VPI project manager
๏ Lateral flow tests can be ordered easily and for free via the following link https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-
lateral-flow-tests

Symptoms checklist

✓Each day, and in addition to a negative lateral flow test, the crew will be asked a checklist of questions to see if they are
experiencing any COVID symptoms
✓A record will be kept of the crew’s answers
✓If “yes” is answered to any of the questions crew members will be sent home immediately and follow UK government
guidance on self-isolation and testing
✓Each day temperature checks to be performed on the crew

Crew

All crew members must self-isolate if they
๏ have symptoms that may be caused by COVID-19
๏ have received a positive COVID-19 test result
๏ live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 symptoms
๏ live with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
๏ if a crew member shows COVID-19 symptoms
๏ while at work, they will be sent home immediately and follow UK government guidance on self-isolation and testing
๏ if at home, they will not to report for work and follow UK government guidance on self-isolation and testing
๏ crew size will be kept to a MAXIMUM of 2 people

Ventilation in house

All respondent homes should be well ventilated throughout the interview.

If you have questions regarding these procedures, please contact us via our contact page or info@voxpops.com