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
The NEW Actsafe AED Brochure
We’ve updated our AED brochure with more information on the unit we provide, answers to some popular questions regarding AEDs, and reasons why every production should have one.
Have a look at the PDF here:
AED Brochure 20140425R
Actsafe offers free safety & health related consultation. If you have a health or safety related question or are concerned about issues in your film or performing arts work environment, contact us at 604-733-4682. Direct assistance is provided to producers, production departments and workers. We can also respond to anonymous reports of health and safety concerns.
You can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Actsafe provides free hearing testing of motion picture and performing arts workers in occupations deemed as ‘at risk’ of a hearing injury. Any other crew members tested are the responsibility of the production.
Section 7.8(1) of the Occupational Health & Safety Regulation states that employers must give workers exposed to noise that exceeds noise exposure limits, hearing tests at least once every 12 months.
As our industries are highly mobile, Actsafe coordinates an industry wide program and through our supplier, Reliable Mobile Hearing, maintains a database of tested workers and results. Reliable Mobile Hearing Testing can be contacted at: 604-596-8414.
The following occupations and workers in specific departments are deemed ‘at risk’ for hearing injuries:
- AD Department members who use headsets
- Metal Fabricators
- Camera Department
- Off-line Editors
- Construction Coordinator and Foreman
- Scenic Carpenter
- Electrician/lamp operator set/wireman Sculptor
- First Aid
- Set Dressers
- Generator Operators
- Sound Mixers, Boom & Playback Operators
- Greens Department
- Special Effects Department
- Grip Department
- Stunt Performers
- Paint Department
- Transportation Department
- Lead Carpenters
Actsafe carries ETY•Plugs, the world’s highest fidelity non-custom earplugs. Designed to be used by musicians and singers, they reduce most noise to safe levels while preserving the clarity of speech and the richness of music. Configured to replicate the natural response of the ear canal so that when sound enters the earplug, it is reproduced unchanged, exactly the same as the ear would hear it, only quieter. These are imported especially by Actsafe and are available at our offices for a steal of a deal, $10 a pair.
From the ETY.Plugs website: Regular use of these high-fidelity earplugs while practicing, performing and listening to music will protect hearing from the cumulative effects of overexposure to loud sound throughout life.
For further information, contact Actsafe at 604.733.4682 or email@example.com.
Actsafe Safety Bulletins
Actsafe provides Safety Guidelines for Motion Picture/Video Production in British Columbia. These guidelines cover industry standard practices for a wide variety of common safety issues.
By following the Actsafe Safety bulletins, laws, regulations and company policy and procedures, serious accidents and injuries can be prevented.
The Actsafe Safety Bulletins can be downloaded individually or as one complete package from our Safety Bulletins page.
Actsafe’s online Library offers free information and research related to health and safety in the Motion Picture/ Video Production and Performing Arts Industries. Posters and publications are also available by mail.
Think Set Safety
The goal of the Think Set Safety Program is to establish safe work habits for grade 11 and 12 film and performing arts students by providing education and exercises related to basic arts safety fundamentals.
This program is aimed at students enrolled in Drama/Theatre, Film Production or Dance programs. The goal of the program is to help students develop and be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles of workplace safety within the arts.
To help teachers and instructors establish a safety culture and easily integrate arts safety into their curriculum, we’ve included a wide variety of material to promote discussion and awareness of common safety concerns that students and industry workers are likely to face. These include handouts and suggested activities/discussions that teachers may select from for their individual class and curriculum. The material is meant to compliment existing lesson plans where appropriate.
All the material comes on a 2 disc set – a CD containing all the materials that the instructor will need, such as hand-outs & discussion guidelines, and a DVD that contains two short films, one to demonstrate safety on the set and another that explains who Actsafe is. The entire package comes in an easy to store DVD case.
If you are an instructor who teaches Film and/or Performing arts related courses to high school students and would like to find out more about the Think Set Safety program (did we mention that it was available for free?), contact Actsafe at 604.733.4682 or by email.