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.
Respirator Fit Testing
Actsafe offers a complimentary Respirator Fit Testing service to organizations in B.C.’s motion picture and performing arts industries. This service will now be provided by Reliable Mobile Hearing Testing.
Respirators may be required when creating smoke or fog effects on interior sets or when working in locations with compromised air quality. Producer(s) are responsible for the purchase of appropriate respirators (consult MSDS as required).
Refer to Actsafe Safety Bulletin #10 – Artificially Created Smokes, Fogs and Lighting Effects (PDF) for further information.
Please have a look at the attached PDF for more information and our new booking procedures.
Respirator Fit Testing Procedures
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Generic Film Health & Safety Program Manual
This document is currently being reviewed and revised. Please contact Actsafe at 604-733-4682 for further information.
Health and Safety for Small Retail Business
Use this guide to learn the keys to health and safety in your retail small business, how to get assistance from WorkSafeBC, and how to order WorkSafeBC publications.
How To Implement a Formal Occupational Health and Safety Program
This booklet is for employers, workers, and joint health and safety committees. It will help you develop and maintain an effective occupational health and safety (OHS) program. The purpose of an OHS program is to prevent injuries and occupational diseases and to deal effectively with any accidents or incidents that occur.
This booklet describes the elements of a formal OHS program, which is required where there is:
- A workforce of 20 or more workers in a workplace that is moderate or high risk
- A workforce of 50 or more workers in a workplace that is low risk
A business with a smaller workforce requires a less formal OHS program. For more information see the publication Informal Safety Program for Small
Business, available on the WCB web site <www.worksafebc.com>. Other resources for small businesses are available on the WCB small business web site.
An effective program will:
- Identify hazards in the workplace
- Eliminate or minimize the potential for injuries, disease, or loss of life
- Limit financial losses resulting from injuries and disease
- Be monitored to ensure that it meets its goals and WCB requirements
This booklet explains the responsibilities for health and safety, describes the elements of a formal program, and outlines the role of the joint committee. This booklet will help you comply with WCB requirements but it does not replace the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. For specific requirements related to these topics, refer to sections 115 to 140 of the Workers Compensation Act and Part 3 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.
Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee Workbook
This workbook looks at concepts and methods to develop and maintain an effective Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (Joint Health and Safety Committee or Joint H & S Committee) at your workplace. Various sample forms, checklists and other documents are included. It is important to remember that these samples are only one approach. Employers and Joint Health and Safety Committees can use any method or format that works for their workplace.
Take Care: How To Develop and Implement a Workplace Violence Program
Take Care is designed for any business where there is a possibility of violence from any person other than a co-worker. As retail workers tend to be at a higher risk of becoming victims of violence, a section on safe work practices for retailers has been added to Part 4. If you conduct a risk assessment and find there is no risk of violence in your workplace, no further action is necessary.
This pamphlet is mainly for employers and supervisors who must ensure that their OHS programs meet a standard acceptable to WorkSafeBC (the Workers’ Compensation Board of B.C.). It also explains that demonstrating due diligence in implementing OHS programs can be a defence to a monetary penalty or prosecution when WorkSafeBC requirements have allegedly been violated.
* Video companion available
Effective Safety and Health Programs
WCB British Columbia -PH33
This guide contains important information for employers, supervisors, and workers who must ensure that their occupational health and safety programs meet WCB standards. Using a question-and-answer format, this guide defines due diligence; describes how the WCB applies due diligence; explains how the WCB assesses compliance with the Regulation; identifies the elements of an occupational health and safety program; and explains how occupational health and safety programs help establish due diligence.
First Aid Assessment for Film/TV
Who does the assessment?
- Construction Coordinator for shop areas and set construction (carpenter shops ‘M’hazard).
- Location Manager provides information such as travel time and location to nearest hospital and any possible hazards at each location.
- Stunt Coordinator must assess possible hazards and injuries in regards to stunts. Limit the number of workers to just those required being present or participating in the stunt.
- SPFX Coordinator must assess possible hazards and injuries in regards to spfx. Limit the number of workers to just those required to be present or affected by the spfx.
- Production Coordinator completes production office needs assessment; gathers the information from all the others, and establishes the requirements for 1st Aid, presents it to PM. NOTE: if production office is a separate location and involves only office work,hazard classification is ‘L’.
- 1st A.D. gives an orientation safety talk (emergency procedures) at each new location, and posts written First Aid Procedures at each location.
- Production Manager reviews the assessments for approval.
A copy of the assessment for each location should be kept at the production office to be made available if required.
An assessment form is included with this package.
Download the form
First Aid Assessment for Performing Arts
Includes First Aid assessment forms and instructions on who should fill them out and how.
How to Establish and Communicate an Effective First Aid Program
This guide has been developed by Actsafe to assist in filling out the First Aid Worksheet required for each location.
Personal Option Protection (POP) for Performers Bulletin
POP is the WorkSafeBC’s Personal Option Protection insurance plan. This bulletin was created by Actsafe to help you understand if you may be eligible for coverage.
Workers Compensation Board (WCB) Application for Personal Option Protection
This link takes you to a PDF of the WCB application form for POP.
Workplace Emergency Preparedness
This four page quickstudy, developed and published by Actsafe, includes information on how to develop an emergency plan – including general procedures as well as strategies for specific emergencies (such as fires, earthquakes and floods).
The infosheet also includes a checklist for both office and personal emergency kits.