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Actsafe is a not-for-profit health and safety association supporting British Columbia’s arts and entertainment industries. Since 1998, we have been serving our industries by providing resources and training to employers, workers, and supervisors to achieve a healthy and safe workplace. We are always here to provide information relevant to best practices around health and safety […]

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Actsafe Safety Association, also known as Actsafe, is an industry-funded non-for-profit occupational health and safety association supporting British Columbia’s arts and entertainment industries. Our strategic business plans provide insight into our approach and actions for the coming years. All of Actsafe’s annual reports are also available for viewing. Strategic Business Plan 2018 – 2022 4 MB […]

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Using ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs)

Find out more about the importance of ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in the motion picture production, television production, live venue, and performing arts industries from this WorkSafeBC bulletin. GFCIs are required in many arts and entertainment productions and this bulletin describes when and how they can be used effectively. View Bulletin Visit WorkSafeBC for more […]

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Monthly Updates – August 2021

Monthly Updates August 2021 We have lots to update you on in August’s monthly updates after a very busy July! BC’s move into Step 3 of its restart plan, meant a move from COVID-19 Safety Plans to Communicable Disease Plans. Actsafe’s safety team will review your Communicable Disease Plan and you can find the link to […]

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Concussion Awareness Training Tool

Concussion Resources for Motion Picture, Film and Live Performance Workers This concussion resource package is specifically designed and intended for workers in the Motion Picture, Film, and Live Performance industry, including First Aid Attendants, Supervisors, Department Heads, Production Teams, Stunt Coordinators, Dance Choreographers, Performers, and all other industry workers. This package aims to standard concussion […]

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Music BC – BSAFE Course Code

This is your BSAFE course code: 205597457 FOLLOW THESE STEPS BELOW TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE COURSE Go to www.actsafestar.ca Click on the grey “Enter Code”” button. Enter the code above into the “Enter Code” field, and click the yellow “Submit” button. Select “Login with Existing Account” if you already have a STAR profile with […]

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Protecting workers from the increased use of disinfectants, cleaners, and sanitizers during COVID-19

Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces plays an important part in reducing the spread of COVID-19. In the arts and entertainment industries, surfaces can include cameras, rigging equipment, costumes, and props. Workers who use cleaning products may risk chemical exposure that can cause injury. Many cleaning disinfectants contain chemicals that are dangerous if not used as directed. […]

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Biological Hazards in the Arts and Entertainment Industries

  Prior to 2020, biological hazards (also commonly known as ‘biohazards’) were typically thought of as a risk for individuals working in health care, laboratories, food services, and sanitation. Biological hazards in these settings have well recognized policies and procedures to ensure workers’ health and safety. Now that we are in the midst of a […]

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BC Motion Picture Industry COVID-19 Pandemic Production Guide

The working groups formed by B.C’s Motion Picture Best Practices Coalition have completed the B.C. Motion Picture Industry COVID-19 Pandemic Production Guide.  Developed by employers and workers in B.C.’s motion picture production industry, this comprehensive guide will provide the industry with the department and work area-specific information on best practices in returning to operations safely. This […]

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Motion Picture Industry COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

The Province of BC has announced we are in Phase 3, and welcomes all production activity to restart or begin.  BC’s motion picture safety guidance for return to production is now available on our here Motion Picture Industry COVID-19 Safety Guidelines. Collaboratively developed by industry for industry to ensure a safe return to operations during […]

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Concussions in Performing Arts: Have You Lost Your Mind?

Concussions are as much a performing artist’s concern as a football player’s, or hockey player’s, or rugby player’s. Few injuries are as well publicized in sport than concussions. It can be a scary injury, especially when we regularly see its unfortunate consequences. Yet, for all the voices raised to reduce head injury in sport, why […]

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Identifying the ‘invisible injury’: What happens when concussion concerns enter the spotlight

Whether it’s on a movie set, backstage, off-camera, or during rehearsal, a concussion-causing event can occur. Due to the complex, high-pressure work environments of the motion picture, television, live event and performing arts industries, workers face situations every day that put them at risk for sustaining this traumatic brain injury. – Shelina Babul, PhD, Clinical […]

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Finding Answers for Questions Around Concussions

When I was first approached to write an article about concussions for Safety Scene I was tempted to discuss all the things that I know about concussions (which isn’t much alongside the experts who have graciously contributed to this edition). Then I realized that the questions I have about concussions might be shared by other […]

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Safety Scene – Spring 2020: Concussions

This quarter’s theme is Concussion. During these testing times, we hope this edition of Safety Scene will help keep us all engaged with one other as we continue social distancing. Concussions are not to be taken lightly. Even a ‘small’ bump to the head can result in a life-threatening brain injury. The spring edition of […]

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COVID-19 Resources for the Arts and Entertainment Industries

COVID-19 Resources for the Arts and Entertainment Industries In the midst of COVID-19 we’ve curated a selection of resources we believe to be of value to our industries. As your occupational health and safety association we endeavour to continue to share articles and knowledge with the hope of keeping our stakeholders informed. COVID-19 Protocols at […]

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About Our Industries

Actsafe currently serves over 2,500 employers and has trained over 11,000 workers in our free Motion Picture Safety Awareness Workshop and online course alone. We also provide a selection of 9 other free courses, including collaborations with CIRP to provide Naloxone Training, and Reel Green/Creative BC to teach Carbon Literacy. The remaining 9 courses are […]

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Join Us

Actsafe Safety Association is an industry-funded not-for-profit occupational health and safety association supporting British Columbia’s arts and entertainment industries. Any employer or worker currently working in the four WorkSafeBC Classification Units below is entitled to benefit from leveraging Actsafe’s initiatives and can participate in our education, consultation, resources and services. 763025 Motion Picture, Commercial, or […]

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Contact Us

How to contact us Address Actsafe Safety AssociationSuite 140 – 4259 Canada Way,Burnaby, B.C. V5G 1H1 Business hours Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm *Statutory holidays will affect regular business hours. Contact one of our team members via one of the following methods. Instant message us here now. Send us an email here at info@actsafe.ca […]

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Concussion Awareness, Response, and Management Flowchart

The entertainment production community, working with the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, is happy to make the Concussion Awareness Training Tool’s (CATT) Concussion Awareness flowchart available for employers, supervisors, and workers in B.C’s arts and entertainment industries. This flowchart outlines a pathway that should be followed to respond to and manage a suspected concussion […]

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“We are in the entertainment business, not the emergency business… aren’t we?”

An article by Eric Stuart QPM, BA hons (CSM), UKCMA, Director of Gentian Events Ltd. for Actsafe’s quarterly newsletter, Safety Scene. So, how do we prepare for crowd emergencies and what do those emergencies look like? I will answer the second one first: everything and anything that might impact negatively, hurt, scare, or kill your […]

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#2 Special Use of Live Ammunition Motion Picture Safety Bulletin

These guidelines are intended to give recommendations, special guidelines, and conditions for the safe handling, use and storage of firearms utilizing live ammunition. Click here to download the guideline.

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Respectful Workplaces in the Arts: Resources for the Performing Arts Industry

Respectful Workplaces in the Arts is a national campaign to build a sector-wide culture of fairness, dignity and respect. Their aim is to encourage those within the industry to work together to shape safe and healthy work environments, free from all forms of harassment. You can find their website here respectfulartsworkplaces.ca Quick Reference Guides are available on the […]

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Substance Use & Impairment in the Workplace WorkSafeBC Link

Following the legalization of cannabis in Canada, policies and procedures on substance use and impairment in the workplace are encouraged. This WorkSafeBC webpage explains how substance-use impairment can affect a workplace, the responsibilities of workers and employers for managing impairment, and provides you with other relevant resources. Access this information here.

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