COVID-19 Response Summary

The Commercial Production Association of Western Canada has developed and implemented a series of protocols in order to reduce risk and operate safely under the threat of COVID-19 in BC. These protocols were developed to exceed the current Worksafe BC guidance on operating in BC as a non-essential business, and have been developed and reviewed by an occupational health and safety consulting firm to ensure compliance with Worksafe BC and all around safety to our workers and the public.

Can we film in BC?


Yes. As a non-essential business, a commercial producer can operate as long as it develops an Exposure Control Plan and meets or exceeds the Worksafe BC guidelines for worker safety. Certain scripts can not be filmed at this time without the use of post production: Crowd scenes or close interaction between strangers, for example.

Please note that as of June 11, 2020, there is a 14 day mandatory quarantine for anyone entering Canada from outside the country, and that only essential services personnel are allowed to enter Canada at this time. This would appear to include Commercial Directors however this has not yet been tested.

Here is a link to the Worksafe COVID-19 safety plan, which all commercial productions will need to execute:

https://www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/health-safety/checklist/ covid-19-safety-plan?lang=en

Here is a link to the Worksafe COVID-19 Motion Picture and Television Protocols:

https://www.worksafebc.com/en/about-us/covid-19-updates/covid-19-returning-safe-operation/motion-picture-television-production

WHAT IS THE COMMERCIAL INDUSTRY DOING TO KEEP THEIR WORKERS SAFE?

  • All workers will undergo COVID-19 safety training and a comprehensive health questionnaire before being allowed to work.
  • Physical distancing between workers will be required amongst all workers, with closer interactions being rare and using PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).
  • All commercial productions will have a designated individual who oversees compliance and safety measures.
  • New protocols for common tasks to ensure a safe workplace and reduce the risk of infection.
  • All productions will supply appropriate materials for a safe workplace, i.e. Handwash Stations, Hand
     

WHAT DO WORKERS NEED TO LEARN?


 Workers will be given a brief instructional tutorial about COVID-19, how it spreads and how we can prevent infection:  https://youtu.be/L5De6qjTEEk

Additionally, all workers will be learning:

How to don and doff a surgical (cloth) mask:  https://youtu.be/OABvzu9e-hw

How to don and doff an N95 mask:  https://youtu.be/aQfzdeNUZI4 

How to don and doff disposable gloves:  https://youtu.be/kesQF_G3pQ8

 

WHERE CAN I READ SOME OF THESE NEW PROTOCOLS?

CPAWC has prepared a number of documents for its COVID response:

CPAWC COVID-19 Response Plan - Summary of the plan in greater detail (23 pages)

CPAWC Recommended COVID-19 Work Procedures for Commercial Production (34 pages)

CPAWC Filming Protocol infographic (24 pages)

CPAWC Supplier Directory

CPAWC COVID 19 Response Summary (This Document)


Visit the CPAWC website for more info: www.cpawc.com/covid19/ or email info@cpawc.com