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.
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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;
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
Who Should I Talk to?
Reporting a hazard? Looking for information? Who should you call?
Finding out who to talk to about health and safety in the motion picture and performing arts industries in B.C. can get complicated. That’s why we’ve come up with this little infographic to explain who to call, and when.
Hierarchy of Controls
The Hierarchy of Controls provides a systematic approach to manage workplace safety by providing a structure to select the most effective control measures to eliminate or reduce the risk of certain hazards.
Actsafe’s new infographic on the Hierarchy of Controls will explain how the system works.
Performer Flying & Aerial Stunts
View Actsafe’s Performing Arts bulletin #14 on guidelines for Performer Flying and Aerial Stunts.
Performing Arts Bulletin #14
Actsafe’s Online First Aid Assessment Tool
Introducing Actsafe’s Web-based First-Aid Assessment Tool.
Now it’s easier than ever to perform an assessment of your work location to determine what equipment, facilities and manpower you need to help ensure compliance with WorkSafeBC’s regulations.
Have a quick read of the pdf below for more information, or visit firstaid.actsafe.ca to start using the assessment tool.
Actsafe’s First Aid Assessment Tool
Firearms safety flowchart
Using firearms in your next production? Know when you need to have a Business Firearms License with this easy to read flowchart.
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Pain is Optional: MSI Comic Series
Actsafe has produced several educational guides to preventing Musculoskeletal injuries (MSI) to help workers recognize and prevent the symptoms of MSI. The Pain is Optional comic book series is a fun read and an easy way to digest a practical information on prevention.
Hard copies of the comics are all available from the Actsafe office.
Pain is Optional for Carpenters
Pain is Optional for Caterers
Pain is Optional for Office Workers
Pain is Optional for Wardrobe Workers
Working At Heights: Performing Arts Safety Primer
This primer is for employers, performers, and technicians in British Columbia’s live performance industry. It describes health and safety requirements and safe work practices for working at heights.
You may find the information in this primer useful if you are involved with:
• An established performing arts organization, such as a dance or theatre company
• An organization that produces concerts, cooperative shows, or corporate or special events (including festivals)
• A volunteer or educational organization
Aim of this primer
• Help employers comply with their legal responsibility to take every reasonable precaution to protect workers from falls
• Provide information about fall protection issues so cast and crew members can work safely
Sample Safe Development Process
The question “how can we do this safely?” should set the stage for concept development, pre-production, construction, rehearsal and performance. Consideration of health and safety should begin as early as possible in the planning of the production and should continue throughout the production process.
This Sample Safe Development Process document gives an overview of risk assessment in action, using a fictitious production of Macbeth as an example.
This document is intended to be used in conjunction with the General Risk Assessment Checklist.
BC Film Stunt Performers and Stunt Related Injuries: A Survey and Review
The purpose of this research was to a) explore the predominant health and safety issues facing stunt performers in British Columbia (BC) and b) identify areas or projects where Actsafe can help the stunt performance community to do their jobs safely.
Please click the link below to read the report:
BC Film Stunt Performers and Stunt Related Injuries
Play it safe
Play it Safe, commissioned jointly by the Vancouver School Board (VSB) and Actsafe, was authored by Janet Sellery, an award-winning health and safety consultant specializing in the performing arts. While the guide was written for a BC audience, many of the resources address common hazards found in many school theatre and studio environments.
The comprehensive safety guide is a seven-part online manual that includes best practice instructional materials, student handouts, hazard and safety assessment forms, an educators’ guide, checklists and resources specific to school theatre environments.
Please click the link below to access the file:
Play it Safe
Indoor Air Quality of Hair and Makeup Trailers
Conducted by student researcher, Billy Quirke, from UBC’s School of Population and Public Health (Occupational and Environmental Hygiene stream), this project investigated indoor air quality of hair and makeup trailers in Vancouver’s Motion Picture Industry.
Download summary and recommendations
Download full version
Pain is Optional – for Wardrobe Workers
Pain is Optional - for Wardrobe Workers
An educational guide to preventing Musculoskeletal injuries (MSI) for wardrobe workers. Presented in a comic book style, the goal of this resource is to help workers recognize and prevent the symptoms of MSI.
Pain is Optional: For Caterers
An educational guide to preventing Musculoskeletal injuries (MSI) for caterers. Presented in a comic book style, the goal of this resource is to help workers recognize and prevent the symptoms of MSI.
View this publication online
Pain is Optional: For Office Workers
An educational guide to preventing Musculoskeletal injuries (MSI) for office workers. Presented in a comic book style, the goal of this resource is to help workers recognize and prevent the symptoms of MSI.
View this publication online
Report: Wood Dust, Formaldehyde and Noise Exposures in Vancouver Film Construction Shops
Report established baseline exposure levels for noise, wood dust and formaldehyde and compared those levels with exposure limits specified in the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. Identifies ten recommendations to improve health in film studio construction shops.
Do You Hear That? May is Speech and Hearing Awareness Month
Throughout the month of May, Actsafe will be providing information and resources to raise awareness of hearing hazards and responsibilities on sets and stages throughout the province.
THE BASICS: What You Need to Know to Prevent Hearing Loss
- Workers in British Columbia are entitled to an annual hearing test if they may or will be exposed to noise above exposure limits. Due to the mobile nature of our industries, Actsafe offers free hearing tests. Call Reliable Mobile Hearing at: 604.596.8414 to arrange for group testing on your production site, or to make an appointment at their office.
- It is the responsibility of all supervisors to comply with the Regulations. In addition, you have three main responsibilities. Download our hearing brochure to learn more.
- Employees need hearing protection when sound levels exceed 85 dB. Download one our Sound Levels poster to compare sound levels and check the averages in your line of work.
- Employers have five main responsibilities to protect workers from work-related hearing loss. If workers will or may be exposed to sound levels above 85 dB, regulations say the emloyer must establish a hearing program. Download our brochure to find out more.
Carpenters – Ever wonder how much noise you’re exposed to at work?
We’ve got a flyer just for you.
Paint shops – If you work near a construction shop, you may need hearing protection.
Download our flyer and distribute it at work.
Metal shops – Curious about average sound levels in your industry?
Download a flyer and share it.
Earplugs only work if you put them in properly.
Download this poster for step-by-step instructions or email us for a printed supply.
Sound energy doubles every 3 dB.
Download this poster to compare levels for common sounds in our industries.
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Paint Disposal Options
A two page info sheet containing a non-comprehensive listing of paint disposal sites and options around the lower mainland.
The 2009 MSDS for Sta’-Put SPH, a popular adhesive commonly used by the film industry, lists it with a Hazard Designation Xn-Harmful which means: Substances and preparations which may cause death or acute or chronic damage to health when inhaled, swallowed or absorbed via the skin.
This infosheet provides possible alternatives to Sta’-Put SPH.
15 Passenger Van Safety
This infosheet outlines how to safely and efficiently transport people and equipment in 15 passenger vans while remaining in compliance with the law. Alternatives to 15 passenger vans are also discussed.
The Team Approach to Safety
We all have responsibilities – as family members, friends, citizens and workers. It’s part of life. Responsibilities are important in the workplace, particularly when related to health and safety. Responsibilities are a leading issue in occupational health and safety legislation. The Workers Compensation Act and The Occupational Health and Safety Regulation lists the duties of the key workplace parties.
We shouldn’t be meeting responsibilities for safety just because the law says so. We should meet them because it’s the right thing to do, to protect ourselves and others, and to support safety in the production.
An effective production is built on the work of a range of crafts and areas of expertise. It relies on factors such as teamwork, respect among the cast and crew, and creativity. These same factors are keys to health and safety.
The Actsafe publication, The Team Approach to Safety outlines workplace responsibilities for health and safety in the motion picture sector. It addresses employers, supervisors, workers, suppliers, owners, and others such as joint safety committees.
The Team Approach not only guides you through what the responsibilities are for each level of production, but lays out specifically where many positions within the industry fall under the umbrella of Worker, Supervisor and/or Employer.