New Requirements for All Ultra Low Budget (ULB) Productions
Effective immediately, all ULB productions will be required to provide UBCP/ACTRA with their COVID-19 Safety Plans.
As required by WorkSafeBC, all employers in BC are required to develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan (CSP) that outlines the policies, guidelines, and procedures they have put in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
To ensure the health and safety of performers on ULB productions, UBCP/ACTRA will require producers to submit their CSP with their ULB application. A “ULB COVID-19 Safety Plan Checklist” has been developed to assist Producers; please return a completed copy to the Union along with your CSP. Please refer to the additional resources below, which will help to inform and guide your CSP:
- WorksafeBC: Motion picture and television production: Protocols for returning to Operation
- BC Motion Picture Industry COVID-19 Pandemic Production Guide
Additionally, the CSP must be reviewed by an Actsafe Safety Advisor prior to being submitted to the union. Actsafe has offered to conduct employer safety plan reviews and provide employers suggestions based on current recommended guidance and orders from the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC. Please note that ULB applications may not be approved without a CSP that has been reviewed by Actsafe.
To submit your CSP to Actsafe, click here: https://form.jotform.com/201566589529267
After reviewing, Actsafe will provide you with a feedback form. Please note that Actsafe may require at least 72 hours to review your CSP and provide feedback.
When you submit your CSP to the union, the ULB administrator may require a copy of the Actsafe feedback form. As sufficient time will be required for the union to review your CSP, please ensure that it is provided to us no later than 5 business days prior to commencement of production.
Scenes with close contact, direct contact or intimacy
Close contact: within 2 metres
Direct contact: any physical contact, including but not limited to: hand holding, hand shaking, hugging, pushing, jostling, fighting or other stunts
Intimacy: kissing, simulated sex or other intimate physical contact
Given the elevated risk associated with scenes involving close contact, direct contact or intimacy where on-camera performers are not able to wear PPE, all ULB producers will be required to identify such scenes in advance with the union prior to approval of the ULB application.
Such disclosure must be made to the union no later than 2 weeks prior to commencement of principal photography, in order to provide sufficient time for union staff and the producer to discuss the production’s risk mitigation plan.
Producers will also be required to provide the same disclosure to all performers involved in such scenes, in advance. Please note that all workers in BC have the right to refuse unsafe work and specifically the right to refuse close contact with other performers including hugging, kissing and stunts.
Please be advised that the union will not approve a producer’s ULB application until it is satisfied that appropriate risk mitigation will be put in place. The union’s review of production’s COVID Safety Plan is intended to ensure that production has identified exposure risks and has developed protocols and safety measures to address those risks. The union’s review and subsequent feedback shall not be construed as formal certification of a producer’s safety plan. The Producer is responsible for the health and safety of their employees, including developing and following a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
If you have any questions, please contact our ULB Administrators at ULBProgram@ubcpactra.ca