Actsafe has many PDF documents in our library that can be downloaded or viewed online.


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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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.

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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.


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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 to start using the assessment tool.


Actsafe’s First Aid Assessment Tool

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New: Bullying and harassment prevention tool kit from WorkSafeBC



There’s growing evidence that exposure to bullying and harassment in the workplace has serious negative outcomes. It can take many forms, including verbal aggression, personal attacks, and other intimidating or humiliating behaviours. WorkSafeBC has developed OHS policies, effective November 1, 2013, to help workers, employers and supervisors prevent and address workplace bullying and harassment.

These resources will assist workplace parties to comply with their legal duties outlined in the OHS policies. The tool kit also provides information, training tools and templates that workplaces can adapt to meet their individual needs.

To check out the WorkSafeBC Bullying and Harassment Toolkit, click here.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Performing Arts Safety Primer

Actsafe created the Performing Arts Safety Primer — a pocket sized booklet that contains concise and relevant information and guidelines that relate to issues that all artists, managers, and crafts people may encounter.

The Safety Primer was developed through the suggestion of Performing Arts standing committee who felt that there was a need for relevant and local reference material. The booklet answers basic health and safety questions that may come up in day to day production and rehearsal. There is further reference to Actsafe’s safety bulletins within the Safety Primer as additional resources.

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Motion Picture Safety Primer – Production

This primer describes safety guidelines and requirements for the various departments and specialized activities that may occur during a production. Topics covered include construction; painting; ladders; scaffolds; fall protection equipment; lighting and electrical safety; pyrotechnics; smoke and fog; firearms; underwater diving and more.

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Motion Picture Safety Primer – Equipment, Vehicles and Locations

This primer covers health and safety requirements and guidelines for cranes, elevated work platforms, mobile equipment, and insert-camera cars. It also covers traffic control for locations where vehicle traffic may be a concern. Other specific locations that are discussed include buildings, city streets, wilderness locations and water locations.

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Motion Picture Safety Primer – General Health & Safety

This primer describes basic workplace health and safety information for employers and workers, such as reporting injuries; risk assessments; refusing unsafe work; OHS programs; Joint Health and Safety Committees; working alone; respirator fit testing; young and new workers and hearing testing.

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How to Conduct a Field Flame Test

In response to a request from within the performing arts industry, Actsafe has just produced and launched a new video on how to conduct a field flame test to determine if a material is properly flame retarded.

The video discusses what to look for to see if a material is already properly flame retarded; when to test materials; where to look for information and, of course, how to conduct a field flame test.

Please note: A field flame test should only be conducted when a material’s flame retardant documentation is not available. It is a last resort to check for flame retardation. When testing, only a sample of the material should be tested.

Actsafe would like to thank Erin Neely of Hollynorth Production Supplies for her participation in the making of this video.

Preventing Heat Stress at Work

Many jobs require working in hot environments, both outdoors and indoors. Working in the heat and doing heavy physical work can affect the body’s cooling system. If the body is unable to cool itself, a worker can experience heat stress. If heat stress is not recognized and treated in the early stages, more serious and even fatal conditions may quickly develop.

This booklet provides a basica overview of risk factors that increase the chances of suffering from heat stress, how to recognize and treat heat stress, and how to prevent heat stress. If you work in a hot environment, this booklet contains information essential to your health and safety.

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Focus On Safety: Safe Work Practices for Film and Television Production in B.C.

This manual provides basic information about how to work safely and prevent common injuries and diseases in the film and television production industry.

Available for download from our Library page, or stop by to pick up a hardcopy from our offices.

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Health & Safety Guide for Live Performance – Festivals

Simple to follow and implement, this health & saftey guide is designed for Live Performance.

Available for download from our Library page, or stop by to pick up a hardcopy from our offices.

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Health & Safety Guide for Live Performance – Theatre

Simple to follow and implement, this health & saftey guide is designed for Live Performance.

Available for download from our Library page, or stop by to pick up a hardcopy from our offices.

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Think Set Safety

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Think Set Safety is a resource package for teachers of Performing Arts and Film/TV production. The resource assists educators reach their goals of health and safety training, by working with youth to recognize hazardous situations and to manage risk.

“Think Set Safety” is written for teachers by teachers. In addition, it is on the BC Ministry of Education’s recommended resource list for Drama and Film/TV 11/12.

Included in the resource are:
• Four hours of curriculum designed to encourage students to demonstrate their awareness of, and need for, safety on set
• The award winning video A Midsummer Nightmare produced by Actsafe (Safety and Health in Arts Production and Entertainment)
• Focus on Safety, Safe Work Practices for Film and Television Production in B.C. (from WCB of BC)
• Working at Heights in the Live Production Industry in B.C.
• Safety signage for your sets

You can receive the complimentary package for your school by contacting our offices. Please contact us for more information. 604-733-4682 or

Working Safely With Volunteers

Volunteers in the arts sector can take on roles from office administration, production and catering to planning and running events. In any of these cases, there is potential for accidents and injuries to occur: when health and safety aren’t considered and planned for, these risks may be even greater.

This four page infosheet, developed by Actsafe, will help you maintain a safe environment for volunteers as well as protecting against any liabilities.

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Registration of Non-BC Performers and Groups

There has long been confusion among BC festival societies, concert promoters, night club owners and other engagers in the performing arts and live entertainment sector as to their obligations under the BC Workers Compensation Act when engaging non-resident performers.

This bulletin focuses on group situations, such as dance troupes, orchestras and bands, and applies specifically to those touring groups comprised exclusively of non-BC residents and not employing any BC residents (“Non-BC Group”).

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Young and New Workers Orientation

Effective July 26, 2007, all employers must ensure that a young or new worker is given health and safety orientation and training specific to his/her workplace before the young or new worker begins work.

To help employers in the film and performing arts industry come into compliance with the new WorkSafe BC regulations (sect, 3.22-3.25), Actsafe has created this 4 page infosheet. The infosheet includes a brief overview of what the regulation is and how it pertains to the motion picture and performing arts industries. It summarizes each new section and provides tips for effective orientation and training.

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