IATSE Hires Epidemiologists to Consult on Return-to-Work Procedures

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IA President Matt Loeb speaks to the D2 convention in Las Vegas in 2018. Photo by Jeff Burman

Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Carolyn Giardina on May 18, 2020.

IATSE has hired a trio of epidemiologists to consult the union on best practices for workers in the entertainment industry to safely return to work in the era of COVID-19.

“We want everyone to get back to work as soon as possible, but we need to do it right,” says IATSE international president Matthew Loeb. “We are working with these epidemiologists and employers to create standards that will apply across the board in the US and Canada, so no production or worker is left behind.”

The union represents an estimated 140,000 entertainment industry workers including cinematographers, production designers, hair stylists and makeup artists, editors and sound professionals. Many of these employees work in close proximity to one another.

The epidemiologists are David Wegman, Letitia Davis and Gregory Wagner. …

THR 5/18

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