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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 helping our industries by providing the resources 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 in […]

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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 department and work area specific information on best practices in returning to operations safely. This […]

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Monthly Updates, August 2020

We’re excited to announce that Actsafe Injury Prevention (AIP) Week will be coming to you virtually September 21-25!  This year’s theme is MIND Your Health: Mental Health Awareness and throughout this week we will be sharing mental health information and resources and we will also be having experts host webinars to help reduce the stigma around mental health.   #AIPWeek2020  Save the date and […]

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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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Industry Updates

WorkSafeBC announces additional support for employers impacted by COVID-19 What Would Don Do? Workers Compensation Act Updates April 2020 Steps for Life: Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy Safety Scene Quarterly Newsletter – Spring 2020: Concussions Class Order – Mass Gatherings, Re: COVID-19 COVID-19 Impact; Updates and Resources Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 Info Sheet […]

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Strategic Business Plan 2018 – 2022

Wondering what the future holds for Actsafe? Read our Strategic Business Plan 2018 – 2022 for details.

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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 Quarterly Newsletter – 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

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 in the hope of keeping our stakeholders informed. To be notified in real-time of Actsafe COVID-19 updates to protocols […]

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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

Are you already our member? If you are already working in one of the industries below you may be a member with us: 763025 Motion Picture, Commercial, or Television Production761011 Live Performance Venue761030 Performing Arts761027 Organizing or Conducting Special Events To find out whether you’re one of our members already, click Our Members. If you […]

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Contact Us

There are a number of ways to contact the Actsafe team; Instant message with one of the Actsafe Team here Drop us an email at info@actsafe.ca Give us a ring on 604 733 4682 Speak to a Manager for your industry’s programs and services: Motion Picture: Anand Kanna, anandkanna@actsafe.ca or call 604 733 4682 Ext. […]

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Join Us for an Evening of Celebrating Safety

Join us at the River Rock Show Theatre for a casual evening of networking, trivia, appetizers and awards presentations, including WorkSafeBC’s annual Student Safety Video Contest Award winners and Actsafe’s inaugural Safety in Entertainment Awards. Actsafe’s six awards will recognize individuals and organizations who were ambassadors and pioneers for safety in 2019 in the arts […]

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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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#7A Addendum “A” – Principal Performers Using Underwater Diving Equipment Motion Picture Safety Bulletin

Section 24.13(1)(a) of the Regulation requires that all divers in an occupational diving operation meet the requirements of CSA Standard 275.4-97 Competency Standard for Diving Operations. Each diver is also required to be competent to use the equipment that he or she will be using during the diving operation. The purpose of this guideline is […]

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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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Motion Picture Industry Orientation Online Exam

*IMPORTANT PREREQUISITE – MPIO – Motion Picture Industry Orientation This is the online exam for the MPPIA Motion Picture Industry Orientation course which you must attend to qualify to take this exam. This exam is open-book. Once you have successfully completed this online exam, your certification will be automatically uploaded to your profile. Steps to […]

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Monthly Updates, August 2019

Actsafe’s August Updates July was another great month for Actsafe with a lot of exciting things happening to update you on, including; Upcoming Courses and Dates Actsafe’s Injury Prevention Week New Job Openings Outreach… and more! Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram to get the latest arts and entertainment safety news. See you next month! […]

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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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