In the midst of COVID-19 we’ve curated a selection of resources we believe to be of value to our industries. As your occupational health and safety association we endeavour to continue to share articles and knowledge in the hope of keeping our stakeholders informed.

Actsafe Resources & Information

Info SheetPreventing the Spread of COVID-19

Info SheetErgonomic Tips For Working From Home

AED Rentals – We understand that the situation surrounding COVID-19 has put a strain on all of us, including the productions we all work on. With the closures of many productions for unknown periods of time, we have received a number of requests to suspend the rentals of AEDs until productions are back up and running. Please contact aedrentals@actsafe.ca if you would like further information or have any questions or concerns.

Performing Arts Industry Resources

Actsafe has created resources for the Performing Arts and Live Events industry on returning to safe operation. Download these resources and share them with your community.

Industry Relaunch Framework

  • Microsoft Word format download here.
  • PDF format view and download here.

Worker Health Declaration

  • Microsoft Word format download here.
  • Fillable PDF format view and download here.

WorkSafeBC Resources

Additional support for employers impacted by COVID-19 – WorkSafeBC is waiving premiums for employers who are approved to receive the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) for furloughed workers (employees on leave with full or partial pay). Click here for further information.

Preventing exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace; a guide for employers – Orders from the provincial health officer (PHO) and guidance to employers and businesses provided by them BC Centre of Disease Control represent the minimum standard that employers must meet, to comply with obligations to ensure worker health and safety. This guide for employers provides questions you should ask to address health and safety concerns in the workplace raised by COVID-19.

Staying Safe At Work – Appropriate preventative measures should be in place for workers who continue to work during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. Click here for WorkSafeBC’s workplace protections to consider.

COVID-19 and Q1 2020 payment deferrals for employers – Chris Back, Director of OHS Consultation & Education Services, WorkSafeBC released the following comminqué: COVID-19 and Q1 2020 payment deferrals for employers.

COVID-19 and returning to safe operation – Phase 2 – WorkSafeBC recognizes the importance of worker safety as businesses look to resume operations following COVID-19 related work stoppages or interruptions. The following materials provide employers with information and resources to assist them in ensuring the risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 is minimized at their workplace: worksafebc.com/en/about-us/covid-19-updates/covid-19-returning-safe-operation

Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Commission of Canada – Choosing sources of information carefully is critical to COVID-19 well-being. With guidance from Dr. Keith Dobson, clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Calgary, the Mental Health Commission of Canada has compiled the following tips to help Canadians protect their mental health as they strive to safeguard their physical well-being and that of their loved ones. Mental Health Tips.

Calltime: Mental Health Website Resource – Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger. The following resource helps support you and your colleagues, friends; Calltime Mental Health Website.

Government of Canada: Taking Care of Your Mental Health During COVID-19 – Feelings of fear, stress, and worry are normal in a crisis. Find out how to care for your physical and mental wellbeing here.

Arts & Entertainment Industry Updates & Support

Live Event Community – Live Event Community has compiled a database of health, financial, and educational resources to help support and inform the live event industry during this time. Click here to access the database.

Creative BC – COVID-19 Updates – You can find Creative BC’s COVID-19 Updates page here, which also looks at containment measures affecting the creative industries.

Canadian artists and freelancers: find help here during COVID-19 shutdowns – CBC are continuously updating this list to direct you to the resources you may need right now.

Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance Impact Survey – The GVPTA are collecting data in order to better understand the impact COVID-19 has had on arts and culture organizations across the province. Please take a moment to complete the survey; COVID-19 Impact Survey

AFC – Important Message Regarding COVID-19 – The AFC can provide financial or other problem-solving practical support when an unforeseen emergency causes urgent financial need. Click here for further information.

Other Resources

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety – To help support workplaces during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the CCOHS have made some online products and resources available free of charge. CCOHS Pandemic Resources

BC Support App and Self-Assessment Tool – The app will let you receive the latest updates, trusted resources, and alerts, and has a self-assessment tool built in. There is also a website version to determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.

An Updated Order from B.C.’s Health Minister

For those of us in the Live Performance Venue, Performing Arts, Organizing or Conducting Special Events industries, and for anyone who owns, occupies and operates places at which large numbers of people gather, please find an updated order from B.C.’s Health Minister, dated May 22nd, 2020, below:

ORDER OF THE PROVINCIAL HEALTH OFFICER Mass Gathering Events (Pursuant to Sections 30, 31, 32 and 39 (3) Public Health Act, S.B.C. 2008)

View the order here or click below.