Workplace COVID19 Safety Plan

REDUCE THE RISK OF PERSON-TO-PERSON TRANSMISSION

First Level Protection:  Elimination

All pre-production meetings will be done via Zoom/Calls rather than in person.  Workers will be encouraged to work from home as much as possible in the lead up to the shoot.

We have established and posted an occupancy limit for our worksites.  We will maintain a maximum of 6 people at any one time on site for the tech scout or shoot.  As much as possible we will be using the same workers on each shoot day to limit new interactions.  

We will not be doing any activity that should draw a crowd of visitors.  If we are in an area around the public our Producer/LM will ask people to continue to move along and we can also be flexible and either move or wait until they have moved on to ensure safer distancing is adhered to.

Second Level Protection:  Engineering (barriers & partitions)

All crew will self drive to and from set in their own vehicles to prevent the need for barriers.  If workers are required to go into a shared transport situation (helicopter, boat, bus) – masks will be worn by workers and all rules of that rental company must be adhered to.

Models will be responsible for their own Wardrobe & Hair & Makeup so no contact is required there.  

Third Level Protection:  Administration (rules & guidelines)

Workers will be sent an information package prior to attending – including this Safety Plan and the attached brochures from Worksafe BC.  They will also be asked to read over Policies for Workers on their health status.   

All of this documentation will be posted on set for reference.  All workers know to keep 2m distance.

Fourth Level Protection:  Using Masks (optional measure)

Production will supply masks for crew to wear as they feel the need while on site.  Models can wear masks up until filming and then will remove them for the shots.  

Cleaning & Hygiene Practices

Workers will be sent information brochures on cleaning protocols before attending site and those brochures will also be posted onsite.  Production will supply hand washing stations OR hand sanitizer stations if on location. 

As much as possible, equipment being used will be owned by the person operating it.  If there are any items that need to be touched by multiple workers – Production will have sanitizing wipes or cleaning products available for each worker to clean after use.  We have removed all shared catering items and will be relying upon single use.  

COMMUNICATION & TRAINING PLANS /  MONITORING & ADDRESSING RISKS

Communication & Training Plans

The following documents will be sent to all workers prior to attending site and all of this communication will be posted onsite:

  • Alterna Films Safety Plan including POLICIES FOR WORKERS
  • Worksafe BC – help-prevent-spread-covid-19-entry-check-visitors.PDF
  • Worksafe BC – Covid-19-heath-safety-cleaning-disinfecting.PDF
  • Worksafe BC – help-prevent-spread-covid-19-cover-coughs-sneezes.PDF
  • Worksafe BC – help-prevent-spread-covid-19-handwashing.PDF
  • Worksafe BC – help-prevent-spread-covid-19-how-to-use-mask.PDF

At the start of every work day Production will hold a safety meeting with all workers to: 

  • run through all policies and protocols in regards to distancing, hand washing, wearing a mask and maximum occupancy
  • discuss where handwashing/sanitizing/cleaning product stations are located
  • run through the anticipated work for that day and discuss specific safety protocols needed and address whether additional barriers or protocols are required
  • answer any questions or address any concerns from workers.  

If any new worker joins during the day,  they will be provided training on this Safety Plan and all policies before starting work.

During this meeting and throughout the work day we encourage all workers to continue to monitor and assess risks.  Workers will be provided with direct access to the Production & Safety Supervisor at the start of the day and can go to that person at any time during the day with any health and safety concerns. 

Workers have the right to refuse work if they believe it presents an undue hazard.  For COVID-19, an “undue hazard” would be one where a worker’s job role places them at increased risk of exposure and adequate controls are not in place to protect them from that exposure.  If a worker goes to the Supervisor with an issue and the matter is not resolved, the worker and the team leader must contact Worksafe BC.

WorksafeBC’s Prevention Information Line – 604.276.3100    

(toll-free within B.C. at 1.888.621.SAFE)

POLICIES FOR WORKERS

Our workplace policies ensure that workers showing symptoms of COVID-19 are prohibited from the workplace.  

You will be encouraged to work at home or work alone in place as much as possible and we will be limiting workers on site to groups of 6 total.  In order to make the work environment safe for all, please confirm that none of the following apply to you: 

(Y/N)  ______ Have you had symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 10 days?  Symptoms include fever, chills, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and new muscle aches or headache.    

(Y/N)  ______ Have you been directed by Public Health to self isolate?

(Y/N)  ______ Have you arrived from outside of Canada or had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case and are currently in a period of self-isolation for 14 days while you monitor symptoms?

(Y/N)  ______ Are you aware that visitors are prohibited or limited in the workplace?

Our number one priority is the health and safety of our workers so if at any point leading up to your day on site do any of the above situations change, or you start to feel unwell – please call production 24/7 to update them on your situation.  

We have included below a number of Worksafe BC brochures on Reducing Risk, Safety/Cleaning/Disinfecting, Cover Coughs & Sneezes, Handwashing protocols, How to Use a Mask and Occupancy Limits.  Please ensure you read over all of these before coming to site.  These will also be posted at site for your review at any time.  

While on site, if you start to feel unwell please immediately report to first aid – even if you only have mild symptoms.  You will be asked to wash or sanitize your hands, you will be provided with a mask and asked to isolate until you can safely leave site to go home.  First Aid will assess if they need to call 811 for further guidance related to testing and self-isolation.  If you are severely ill (eg. difficulty breathing, chest pain) call 911.  Production will clean and disinfect any surfaces that you have come into contact with.

All workers will be asked to confirm that they have read and understood these Worker Policies as well as the overall Safety Plan and attached brochures and will adhere to all rules whilst on site with Alterna Films.

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COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN
As we start to move into a new world of production our first priority is the health and safety of our crews and our communities. Click to read more to learn about the steps we’re taking in approach to COVID-19. We will continue to learn, adapt, and follow guidelines from Worksafe BC for our industry.
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