Factsheet for case IT-2020-22/1175 – Updated – measures in Italy
|Country||Italy , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 27 May 2020|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Occupational health and safety
|Author||Lisa Dorigatti (University of Milan) and Eurofound|
|Case created||23 September 2020 (updated 30 July 2021)|
The Protocol for the protection of workers in the audiovisual sector has been signed on 27 May 2020 by the five largest employers' association in the sector (ANICA, APA, APE, CNA Cinema e Audiovisivo, and Confartigianato Cineaudiovisivo) and by the three largest trade unions in the sector (SLC-CGIL, FISTEL-CISL, and UILCOM-UIL).
It aims to set a specific common regulatory framework for the re-opening of the activities in the audiovisual industry, as a way to ensure the health and safety of all the workers in the sector. The protocol is not legally binding but the organisations which have not signed the agreement. The protocol sets out the necessary prevention and protection measures in each of the specific environments / phases of work/tasks as required by the “Shared protocol for regulating measures for contrast and the containment of the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the workplace" signed by the Government and trade unions confederations on 24 April 2020.
The Protocol provides a detailed framework concerning the behaviour, the responsibilities, the procedures to be adopted, the tools to be used to avoid the possibility of contagion from COVID-19 in the phase of restarting of the production, especially on sets.
In particular, is divided into two sections, with reference to the two macro-types of work environments typical of the audio-visual industry:
For each set of work environments, ad hoc rules are defined in relation to the following aspects:
A common protocol concerns the compulsory introduction of new figures in each workplace responsible for the monitoring of health and safety. COVID-19-related online training is compulsory for the personnel before returning to work.
The protocol established a set of rules that the whole personnel and all the companies in the audiovisual industry have to comply with. Around 60,000 workers are involved in the country.
|Applies to all workers||
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Direct consultation outside a formal body||Direct consultation outside a formal body|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Social partners' involvement in designing, negotiating, implementing and monitoring the protocol was based on a voluntarist agreement between the parties involved. The organisations, the most representative in the sector and which sign the main national collective agreements in the industry, decided to define a sector-specific protocol, starting from the general tripartite one signed at the national level. The small trade unions and companies in the sector, not representative, have not been involved.
The trade unions for workers and artists in the sector, together with the audiovisual production companies and authors have found a wide convergence on this text concerning the health and safety protocol for all phases of the processing of a work, from offices to the set.
The document is the result of an intense work of confrontation and negotiation and it represents the synthesis of the proposals that emerged from the various categories, in the wake of what was already established in the health and safety protocol signed on 24 April 2020 by the government and by the social partners at national level, and the current regulations on safety at work.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation||R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), Protocol for the safety of workers in the audiovisual sector, case IT-2020-22/1175 (measures in Italy), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.