Our biosecurity and your safety

Tackling risk head on

In April 2022 the Government replaced its COVID-19 Secure guidance with public health principles for reducing the spread of respiratory infections, including COVID-19, in the workplace. That document is an update setting out the ongoing steps the Studios are taking as we learn to live and work safely with COVID-19. We continue to co-ordinate and support our clients to maintain, encourage and enforce safe ways of working.

Our guidance will be updated as required to reflect changes as necessary. This document is supplemental to, and part of, the Group’s Studio Regulations which apply to all persons we record with. This is for your safety, that of your customers, your family and also for our safety. Remember Voxiferi is a very mobile and agile business that travels between customer sites often six days a week.

Our safety, and our commitment to your safety is more important than the audio we record.

Guidance

This guidance applies to all of our staff but also customers that we record with, which for these purposes includes our employees, temporary and agency workers, other contractors and volunteers. We ask that you should familiarise yourself with this document. It may be amended at any time. Where appropriate, we shall notify changes by email to customers prior to recording and/or by publishing further updates on this page.

Respiratory infections can spread easily between people. It is important we are all aware of the symptoms in order to take action to reduce the risk of spreading the infection.

Symptoms of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections are very similar so it may not be possible to differentiate COVID-19, flu or another infection based on symptoms alone. Most people with COVID-19 will have a relatively mild illness, especially if they have been vaccinated. Symptoms of COVID-19, flu and common respiratory

As you are aware using guidance from PHE these can include:

• continuous cough, high temperature, fever or chills

• loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell

• shortness of breath

• unexplained tiredness, lack of energy

• muscle aches or pains that are not due to exercise

• not wanting to eat or not feeling hungry

• headache that is unusual or longer lasting than usual

• sore throat, stuffy or runny nose

• diarrhoea, feeling sick or being sick

Everyone has a responsibility to assist in reducing the risk of transmission of respiratory infections, including COVID-19 whilst recording content in the studio or in the field on location.

This is especially critical as we are a mobile location based travelling business. The day prior to recording we will send you by email a PDF file asking you to complete it, this includes disclosure we request from you of any staff member you are planning to involve in recordings. And honest disclosure of their health status.

We also offer the opportunity to do full remote recordings of in person content that we then duck into the finished show, without the listener being any the wiser, using the ambient localised sound we have recorded on site.

Bringing in fresh air to occupied spaces can help to reduce the concentration of respiratory particles, lowering the risk of airborne transmission of respiratory viruses. We record outdoors a huge amount, all year round, it sounds great to listeners and it also allows us better ventilation.

The risk of catching or passing on COVID-19 and other respiratory infections can be higher in certain places and when doing certain activities. Virus-containing particles can come into contact with the eyes, nose or mouth or can be breathed in by another person, or land on surfaces where the virus can be passed from person to person via touch. In general, the risk of catching or passing on a respiratory infection is highest when in close contact with someone who is infected.

It is also possible to pass on a respiratory infection between people who do not have close contact, especially if they are in a crowded and/or poorly ventilated space where smaller virus particles can stay suspended in the air for some time and where there are more people who might be infectious. The risk of airborne transmission is increased when occupants in a space are participating in energetic activity, such as exercising, shouting, singing or talking loudly. This is even more important when you are in the audio recording business.

Jabs and boosters

All Voxiferi staff have up to date immunisation records that are available for inspection and have had relevant boosters to ensure their safety. We recommend everyone who has the opportunity to do so to take that opportunity to protect your own immunity and that of those around you.

Minimising the risk

You will notice we don't shake your hand when we arrive on site. We travel between a lot of sites and we practice the same biosecurity and safe practices at all locations. Please do not think we are being rude. This sensible practice is to protect us and more importantly to protect you.

You may also notice that we have extended the use of cables between microphones and devices to provide a bridging gap that gives peace of mind, or you may notice we use a shotgun microphone with a foam shield, or what is known as a deadcat to extend distances when recording.

This does not detract from the quality of the audio, trust us, we have been doing this since the pandemic and have become past masters at doing our jobs safely.

Sanitisation of recording equipment

We are also using equipment that is cleaned and sprayed prior to your usage and after your usage. Foam mic shields are replaced between recordings, and we ask you to ensure that if you feel ill, or that you may be coming down with a cold or a respiratory infection that you communicate this to us the day prior to the planned recording.

Minimising the risk of illness and transmission of Covid-19 and any airborne or particle borne infection is critical. If you have questions about the contents of this document or any concerns around the measures implemented at the Studios, please contact dick@voxiferi.com for more help.

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