CAPIC Releases Covid-19 Guidelines for Commercial Photographers
CAPIC has released recommended Health and Safety Guidelines for Commercial Photographers returning to work during the Covid-19 pandemic. These are guidelines that photographers should adapt to fit their own respective business. All photographers following these guidelines must ensure that they are also abiding by all local health and safety directions. Public Health authorities set the minimum standards and regulations and these must be adhered to by everyone.
Provincial Ministries of Labour require that employers have a comprehensive health and safety plan in place for Covid-19. Photographers must establish their own policies that clearly outline the measures they are implementing to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. The following guidelines are designed to assist commercial photographers in the creation of their Covid-19 Workplace Policy.
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Open letter regarding CAPIC recommended Covid-19 Health and Safety Guidelines for Commercial Photographers:
To Whom It May Concern:
The Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators/L’Association Canadienne des Créateurs Professionnels de l’Image (CAPIC), respectfully requests for you to recommend the attached workplace health and safety guidelines for commercial photographers returning to work during the Covid-19 pandemic.
CAPIC is a national nonprofit professional association representing commercial image creators in Canada. For over 40 years we have served as advocates for our industry. We are a strong community of professionals dedicated to the promotion of best practices and safeguarding the rights of all image creators.
During this unprecedented time of implementing new health and safety measures in Canadian workplaces, it is crucial that commercial photography be recognised as a distinct and independent sector. The commercial photography industry differs greatly from other creative sectors it is often lumped in with, such as film and television productions. Commercial photography is a diverse industry with unique needs and must be considered in a category of its own.
CAPIC is a certified federal representative for commercial photographers and illustrators. As such, our association is uniquely positioned to provide informed and expert advice on workplace requirements that will ensure the safety of photographers and the people they work with on photography shoots, enabling them to continue operating their businesses and preventing the spread of Covid-19.
CAPIC presents the attached guidelines to all levels of government and recommends their immediate inclusion in the official sectoral-specific back-to-work measures currently being implemented. These comprehensive guidelines specifically address several different common situations for commercial photography shoots while emphasizing the importance of complying with local rules and guidelines.
We trust that these guidelines and recommendations will be thoughtfully considered and put into effect. It is of the utmost importance that commercial photographers are able to return to work safely and with their specific needs taken into account. All Canadians are in this process together and it is through recognition of this collectivity that we will bridge this unprecedented era.
We thank you for your time.
The CAPIC National Board of Directors