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The latest news and information from Actsafe

A Message to BC Employers from WorkSafeBC

Employers have an obligation to comply with Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and the Workers Compensation Act of British Columbia. This means that workers have the right to a safe and healthy workplace. They have the right to be properly trained, and the right to refuse unsafe work. But it’s more than a legal obligation. It’s the right thing to do. You owe it to your workers to ensure they go home to their families, friends, and loved ones healthy and safe at the end of the day.

Please find below a reminder from WorkSafeBC to employers of their responsibility for the health and safety of their workers.

April 2018 Safety Scene

Actsafe’s April 2018 Safety Scene is now available online.

In this month’s issue:

  • Is Your Joint Health & Safety Committee Compliant?
  • Opioid Crisis Management Resources,
  • WorkSafeBC Regulation Update,
  • Launch of the Carbon Literacy Workshop!

and a whole lot more!

View The Actsafe Safety Scene here.

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March 2018 Safety Scene

Actsafe’s March 2018 Safety Scene is now available online.

In this month’s issue:

  • Stunt Harness Hazard Alert,
  • Road Safety At Work Week,
  • WorkSafeBC Regulation Update,
  • Actsafe Event Safety Conference Round Up,

and a whole lot more!

View The Actsafe Safety Scene here.

January 2018 Safety Scene


Actsafe’s January 2018 Safety Scene is now available online.

In this month’s issue:

  • Early bird ticket sales extended until January 14th!
  • Respirator Fit Testing Resource Update
  • New Workshop Announcement: Safety For Supervisors
  • 2018 Course Fee Reminder

and a whole lot more!

View The Actsafe Safety Scene here.

December 2017 Safety Scene


Actsafe’s December 2017 Safety Scene is now available online.

In this month’s issue:

  • Early bird ticket sales end December 31st for our Event Safety Conference 2018
  • Introduction of Respirator Fit Testing Pricing
  • Winter Driving Resources
  • Course Fee Changes

and a whole lot more!

View The Actsafe Safety Scene here.

Respirator Fit Testing Service

As of January 1st, 2018, respirator fit testing will cost $200 (+ GST) per hour.

Due to rising cost and increased demand, our free fit testing model is no longer sustainable. This new fee represents cost recovery only and passes on an industry rate to our members that is significantly below market.

This service is provided to all members of Actsafe Safety Association and any corporation, organization, or associations that are engaged in the production of motion pictures and performing arts in British Columbia.

WorkSafeBC regulations specify that when respirators are required the employer must provide an appropriate respirator and ensure that the worker uses an appropriate respirator in accordance with section 8.34.

To protect you, your respirator must fit properly and form a good seal on your face. A fit test is done to check that contaminated air cannot leak into your respirator and be inhaled. To ensure a good fit, nothing, including eyeglass frames, head coverings or beards, sideburns, or stubble must come between your respirator and your skin where your respirator seals with your face.

When must you do a fit test?

  • Before you use your respirator for the first time
  • At least once a year
  • If you experience physical changes, such as weight gain or loss or broken facial bones, that could affect the respirator’s fit.
To book your session, or for further information, call Reliable Mobile Hearing Testing 604 596 8414 or 604 834 8444.

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November 2017 Safety Scene

Actsafe’s November 2017 Safety Scene is now available online!

In this month’s issue:

  • Early bird tickets on sale for our Event Safety Conference 2018,
  • New STAR System announcement,
  • Actsafe Aspiring Film Maker Award 2018 Application
  • Smoke and Fog Research Project

and a whole lot more!

View The Actsafe Safety Scene here.

The Use of Artificially Created Smoke and Fog in the Workplace

Actsafe Safety Association is crowdsourcing questions for a research project about the use of artificially created smoke and fog in the workplace. This is your opportunity to participate by asking any questions which concern you. No question is considered a dumb question and they don’t have to be technical or academic, as a matter of fact if you have questions, probably so do many others.

To help us crowd source we’ve partnered with the real-time “Ideas Engine”, Co-Digital,  a powerful and engaging technology for large groups to generate, prioritize and refine ideas. Register now to add questions, rank other people’s questions, and even make edits to questions about the safe use of artificially created smoke and fog. Together, this collaborative effort will ensure the right questions are asked.

For your opportunity to join in, ask your questions here.

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Actsafe Aspiring Filmmaker Award 2018

Actsafe is proud to award aspiring filmmakers with the unique opportunity to get a kickstart on their careers in B.C.’s motion picture production industry.  The Actsafe Aspiring Filmmaker Award will award one filmmaking team with the opportunity to have lunch with a prominent Canadian filmmaker, a behind the scenes tour of a local production and safety training geared towards working in the motion picture industry

For rules, contest details and the entry form, please see below.

Rate Consultation Sessions

Join WorkSafeBC, and other employers in your region, to learn more about:

  • proposed 2018 rates for your industry,
  • injury trends in British Columbia,
  • what you can do to reduce injuries, claim costs, and your insurance rate.

Attendance is free. For dates, and to reserve your seat, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Workers Compensation Act requires WorkSafeBC to set premium rates annually for employers in order to pay for the workers’ compensation system.

Premium rate increases and decreases are driven by injury rates, return-to-work performance and the resulting cost of claims, as well as being impacted by investment performance relative to required rates of return. Each year, costs in some rate groups go up, some go down and others stay the same.

In 2018, 63 percent of employers in B.C. are projected to experience a decrease in their industry base rate, 11 percent will see no change, and 26 percent will see their industry base rate increase.

Consultations with stakeholders are taking place this month, October 2017.

 

 

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October 2017 Safety Scene

Actsafe’s October 2017 Safety Scene is now available online!

In this month’s issue:

  • Registration now open for our Event Safety Conference 2018,
  • October is National Ergonomics Month,
  • Ladder Safety Tips,

and a whole lot more!

View The Actsafe Safety Scene here!

September 2017 Safety Scene

September Safety Scene 2017

Actsafe’s September 2017 Safety Scene is now available online!

In this month’s issue:

  • Your invitation to our next Event Safety Conference 2018,
  • WorkSafeBC bulletin release on carbon monoxide exposure during film shoots,
  • Back to school driving tips,
  • Website re-design – we’d like your help!

and a whole lot more!

View The Actsafe Safety Scene here!

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Actsafe is Hiring!

Actsafe is looking for a Safety Awareness Workshop Facilitator.

If you have a passion for safety and love sharing your knowledge of the motion picture and television industry, then here is an opportunity for you. Actsafe Safety Association, the industry’s leading organization for occupational health and safety education is seeking an experienced insider to join our team.

Purpose & Objectives the Course:
· The Safety Awareness workshop is designed to make safety engaging, interactive and fun for the audience. Safety a serious subject, but it doesn’t have to be boring!
· The objectives include learning about industry hazards, make personal safety assessments, and understand the rights and responsibilities of everyone involved in production.
· Workers leave here with excitement and desire to go out and fulfill their filmmaking dreams; knowing that they can also do that safely!
· Based on the highest standards of adult educational design, learning is achieved through conversations, group activities, games and case studies.
· Delivered at Actsafe’s state of the art facility in Burnaby; by energetic, enthusiastic and authentic facilitators, who keep a sleep-deprived audience excited and engaged.
· Required by DGCBC, IATSE 891, IATSE 669 and Teamsters 155 for entry into a variety of union positions.

Skills & Experience of the Facilitator:
· 6+ years working in the industry
· 3 years in a senior supervisor or department head role
· Experience in public speaking, facilitating workshops or training events
· Have a passion for health and safety
· Any professional teaching credentials or certifications would be an asset

This is a casual, part-time position with a flexible schedule for someone who can work 1-2 days per week. To apply send a cover letter and your resume to: resumes@actsafe.ca

Application accepted until August 18th, 2017

July 2017 Safety Scene

July Safety Scene 2017

Actsafe’s July 2017 Safety Scene is now available online!

In this month’s issue:

  • Recommendations for managing fatigue,
  • WorkSafeBC #listentoyourgut young worker campaign,
  • Office closure notification,

and a whole lot more!

View The Actsafe Safety Scene here!

June 2017 Safety Scene

May Safety Scene 2017

Actsafe’s June 2017 Safety Scene is now available online!

In this month’s issue:

  • Summertime safety edition,
  • Knowing the differences between heat stroke and heat exhaustion,
  • AGM Announcement.

and a whole lot more!

View The Actsafe Safety Scene here!

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Notice of Annual General Meeting 2017

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Wednesday, June 14th 9:00 am

Actsafe Safety Association’s Annual General Meeting 2017 will be held on Wednesday, June 14th, at the Actsafe office; Suite 140, 4259 Canada Way, Burnaby, B.C., V5G 1H1.  Below is the link to the official notice and agenda for this year’s AGM.  

Please note that under Actsafe’s bylaws, only members in good standing have a vote and voting by proxy is not permitted.  The 2016 Annual Report is available to view, download and/or print here Annual Report 2016.

For further questions or additional information, please contact communications@actsafe.ca

Notice of Annual General Meeting

 

 

 

May 2017 Safety Scene

May Safety Scene 2017

Actsafe’s May 2017 Safety Scene is now available online!

In this month’s issue:

  • NAOSH Week information,
  • WorkSafeBC OHS regulation updates,
  • New Publications.

and a whole lot more!

View The Actsafe Safety Scene here!

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Joint Health & Safety Committees Fundamentals Training

Effective April 3rd, 2017, WorkSafeBC mandates that all joint health and safety committee members are required to have a minimum of 8-hours of training. Please click the below notification for further information, registration and FAQs;

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April 2017 Safety Scene

April Safety Scene 2017

Actsafe’s April 2017 Safety Scene is now available online!

In this month’s issue:

  • First JHSC Fundamentals training course held at Actsafe
  • Conference wrap up
  • Downtown Eastside filming notice
  • Performing Arts Safety Awareness workshop dates

and a whole lot more!

View The Actsafe Safety Scene here!

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Recommendations for Managing Fatigue

This document has been reviewed by Actsafe’s Motion Picture Standing Committee and approved for distribution to British Columbia’s motion picture and television industry.

Humans are a day-oriented species and when we challenge that by working late into the night, there can be consequences.
The following recommendations will help you overcome those challenges and by doing so;
– Increase your personal health and safety
– Improve your family and social life
– Improve work performance
– Decrease your risk for injuries and ill health
– Decrease your risk for errors

Recommendations for Managing Fatigue, Motion Picture

Recommendations for Managing Fatigue, Performing Arts

 

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December 2016 Safety Scene

December 2016 Newsletter Web Page Announcement

Actsafe’s December 2016 Safety Scene is now available online!

In this month’s issue:

  • Announcing Rick Antonson as our keynote speaker for the Actsafe Event Safety Conference 2017
  • Helpful suggestions to fight fatigue
  • WorkSafeBC Asbestos Warning

and a whole lot more!

View The Actsafe Safety Scene here!

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November 2016 Safety Scene

November 2016 Newsletter Web Page Announcement

Actsafe’s November 2016 Safety Scene is now available online!

In this month’s issue:

  • Announcing the Actsafe Event Safety Conference 2017!
  • Helpful suggestions to fight fatigue
  • Winter driving checklists

and a whole lot more!

View The Actsafe Safety Scene here!

October 2016 Safety Scene

October 2016 Newsletter Web Page Announcement

Actsafe’s October 2016 Safety Scene is now available online!

In this month’s issue:

  • IATSE Local 891 and Actsafe Collaboration Announcement
  • Looking For New Recruits? Check Out Our Student Availability Resource
  • Production Packages

and a whole lot more!

View The Actsafe Safety Scene here!

September 2016 Safety Scene

September 2016 Newsletter Web Page Announcement

Actsafe’s September 2016 Safety Scene is now available online!

In this month’s issue:

  • Actsafe Is Going On The Road!
  • Joint Health & Safety Committee Evaluation Tool
  • New and Young Worker Orientation

and a whole lot more!

View The Actsafe Safety Scene here!

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