air quality

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.
To book your session, or for further information, call Reliable Mobile Hearing Testing 604 596 8414 or 604 834 8444.

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The Use of Artificially Created Smoke and Fog in the Workplace

Actsafe Safety Association is crowdsourcing questions for a research project about the use of artificially created smoke and fog in the workplace. This is your opportunity to participate by asking any questions which concern you. No question is considered a dumb question and they don’t have to be technical or academic, as a matter of fact if you have questions, probably so do many others.

To help us crowd source we’ve partnered with the real-time “Ideas Engine”, Co-Digital,  a powerful and engaging technology for large groups to generate, prioritize and refine ideas. Register now to add questions, rank other people’s questions, and even make edits to questions about the safe use of artificially created smoke and fog. Together, this collaborative effort will ensure the right questions are asked.

For your opportunity to join in, ask your questions here.

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May 2012


  • When you’re behind the wheel, driving is your only job
  • Paperwork now a lot easier with new online forms
  • Air Quality report gets international attention
  • View from the Third Floor: an observer’s perspective of a film set
  • Mobile Reg app updated
  • Actsafe courses
  • Communications survey winner
  • Staff changes at Actsafe
  • Share Actsafe resources
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Actsafe January 2012 newsletter


  • Fall protection in stadiums, arenas and theatres: prevent, then protect
  • Regulatory changes ahead
  • Hidden hazards in hair and makeup trailers
  • LPEC program review underway
  • Equip your car for winter weather
  • Courses and Certifications

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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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