Wednesday, April 01, 2020 / 12:27PM / By Broadcast Media Africa / Header Image Credit: WebTVng
of severe crisis such as the one the world is currently battling, broadcast
field crews are those often in the front-line, risking their lives to provide
their communities and us with crucial information.
therefore understandable that broadcast stations with field crews covering
COVID-19 should be seeking guidance on the 'what' and 'how' to ensure their
team are safe and protected as they bring the public vital information in this
fight against coronavirus!
end, Broadcast Media Africa released this National Association of
Broadcasters (NAB) Coronavirus Response Guidance Report which
indicates some measures stations can use to keep their field crew workforce
safe as they go about their work.
Coronavirus Response Report to ensure Field Crew Safety underscores the
- Find out ahead of time if a location is safe for the field crew to
- Check if there are warnings about coronavirus cases in the specific
- Research what guidance local health care authorities providing for
- Inform field workers of the symptoms and risk factors for the
- Assess if the team is being provided with appropriate supplies
- Arrange for, and inform the field crew staff of who will provide
hand sanitizer and other disinfectants to each and all field vehicles
- Provide field crews with the necessary health and safety training
- Enforce wearing masks and/or gloves
- Field crews should be encouraged to wash their hands before
entering the building
- Educate reporters about what the care that should be given to
microphones used on the field
- Advise crews on where to go should they feel sick in the field
- Advise that most interviews be conducted remotely (Skype, Facetime,
media executives are advised to collaborate with local health authorities in
all health care actions and decisions.
the NAB Guidance Report here via @DigitisngAfrica
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