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Calibration Factors for Haze and Fog in the Film Industry

This report was submitted to IATSE by Aura Health & Safety Corporation in April 2018. With the increased use of fog-based products in the entertainment industry, interest in the health effects of fog exposures among workers in the industry has also grown. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) requested Aura Health and Safety […]

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#10 Artificially Created Smoke, Fogs & Lighting Effects Motion Picture Safety Bulletin

These guidelines are recommendations to either eliminate or reduce worker exposure to inhalation hazards created by chemicals generated when using artificial smoke or fog (theatrical haze, fogs, mists, etc.). Artificial smoke or fog is commonly generated using a fog or haze machine, which releases a chemical solution as an airborne aerosol to create various effects […]

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Air Quality Advisory – August 2018

If an Air Quality Advisory has been issued because of high concentrations of fine particulate matter due to smoke from wildfires around the region, the following information should be considered; The Ministry of Environment recommends that strenuous outdoor activities be avoided. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms while working outdoors, contact your […]

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#2 Artificially Created Smokes, Fogs And Lighting Effect Performing Arts Safety Bulletin

This safety bulletin covers substances that may and may not be used in generating artificially created smokes, fogs and lighting effects on production stages/sets. Artificially created smokes, fogs and lighting effect performing arts bulletin PDF

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Safe Work Practices for Handling Asbestos, WorkSafeBC Link

This booklet describes the safe methods of handling all types of asbestos-containing materials. It discusses suitable work procedures for the removal, enclosure, and encapsulation of friable asbestos materials. Updated to include Regulatory changes that came into effect on May 1, 2017, this version reflects the following updates: Regulation requirements Who is qualified to deal with […]

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Breathe Safer: How to Use Respirators Safely and Start a Respirator Program, WorkSafeBC Link

This manual, developed for employers, supervisors, and workers, describes different types of breathing hazards and respirators. It also explains how to choose, fit, and care for a respirator. In addition, the manual covers the essential elements of respirator programs. Download WorkSafeBC’s manual here.

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TSS Total Safety Services

Services include exposure assessments and exposure control plans, indoor air quality and mould investigations, noise mapping and exposure monitoring, confined space hazard assessments, asbestos/ mould analytical laboratory and more.

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#13 Gas Operated Equipment Motion Picture Safety Bulletin

As a reminder, the following information was disseminated to the Industry in 1974: Internal combustion engine driven equipment shall be operated inside of buildings or enclosed structures only when such operation does not result in harmful exposure to concentrations of dangerous gas or fumes in excess of threshold limit values. If concentrations exceed the limit […]

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Theatrical Smoke, Fog, and Haze Testing Time and Distance Guidelines Link

In the absence of other information, theatre-specific monitoring would be required to evaluate whether smoke/fog/haze machines are being used in accordance with the peak exposure guidelines. ENVIRON developed Time-and-Distance (T&D) Guidelines as an alternative to conducting theater- and production-specific monitoring. These T&D Guidelines were developed under conservative use assumptions (e.g., no on-stage activities or props […]

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#10 Safety Guidelines for Using Foam(ed) Plastics in Set and Prop Construction Performing Arts Bulletin

The following recommendations are intended to give general guidance on the safe handling, use, storage and disposal of foam(ed) plastics when used to construct stage sets and props. Foam(ed) plastics are products made of petroleum distillates which can ignite when used in connection with heat from a hot wire or welding/cutting operation (hot work), or […]

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#10A Addendum “A” for Artificial Smoke and Fog – Air Quality Motion Picture Safety Bulletin

When choosing a filming or recording location, the producer must determine whether there are health risks for the members of the production crew and make the necessary corrections when the air quality does not meet the standards in WorkSafeBC OHS Regulation Part 4.7 Indoor Air Quality and Part 5 Chemical and Biological Agents. Artificially Created […]

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Review of Common Set Dressing Materials Report

This review is a summary of the hazards and recommended precautions when working with materials commonly used by Special Effects, Costumes, and Set Decorating to create photographic dust effects, “worn” costumes, and “dusty” sets. Review of Common Set Dressing Materials Report PDF

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Photographic Dust Effects Motion Picture Fact Sheet

A wide variety of products are used to create photographic dust effects in motion picture and television production. This fact sheet has been developed to inform and assist production is when using these products. It is important that productions fully understand the potential effects of exposure, especially if harmful ingredients are present. Dust Effects Fact […]

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Mesothelioma & Asbestos Awareness Center Link

The Mesothelioma & Asbestos Awareness Center provide information and resources for mesothelioma patients and their families.

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Wild Fire Air Quality Advisory

When wildfires burn in the areas surrounding Metro Vancouver, the air quality decreases significantly. Due to the increase in smoke particulate from these wildfires, the B.C. Ministry of Environment, Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Coastal Health may issue an Air Quality Advisory for Metro Vancouver, the Sea-t0-Sky corridor (Howe sound through Squamish, and Whistler to Pemberton) […]

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Smoke & Fog Study Link

Links to studies & reports relevant to the motion picture and performing arts industries: • American Actor Equity’s Smoke and Fog

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Carbon Monoxide Exposure During Film Shoots WorkSafeBC Bulletin

This bulletin discusses the hazards of carbon monoxide exposure during film shoots and how to manage the risks. It outlines what employers must do in planning shoots and training workers and supervisors, as well as maintaining equipment, conducting assessments, and implementing controls. It also outlines the need to coordinate work activities and support the joint […]

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Working Safely With Casting Resins Report

Dillon Consulting Limited (Dillon) was retained by I.A.T.S.E. Local 891 to develop safe work guidelines for film industry personnel related to working safely with casting resins. This document can also be used as a guideline for minimizing the potential for exposure to other individuals in the studio or shop who are not working directly with casting resins […]

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Canister Adhesives Info Sheet

This info sheet provides information on canister adhesives and possible alternatives to Sta’-Put SPH. The 2009 MSDS for Sta’-Put SPH, a popular adhesive commonly used by the film industry, lists it with a Hazard Designation Xn-Harmful, which means: Substances and preparations which may cause death or acute or chronic damage to health when inhaled, swallowed […]

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Atmospheric Effects in the Entertainment Industry: Constituents, Exposures and Health Effects Report Summary

The UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene published this full report on the safety of theatrical smokes and fogs. Kay Teschke, Yat Chow, Michael Brauer, Chris van Netten, Sunil Varughese, Susan Kennedy. March 2003. Atmospheric Effects in the Entertainment Industry Summary Report PDF

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