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 – 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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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.

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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 <>. 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.

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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.

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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.

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