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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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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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Concussions in Performing Arts Workplaces

This concussion in performing arts slideshow was presented at the 2018 Actsafe event Safety Conference by Dr. Jeffrey Russell of Ohio University. 

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Concussions Motion Picture Fact Sheet

To read the full document, and to print, click here (127 KB). Recognition A concussion is a common form of brain injury. Concussions most often occur without a loss of consciousness. However, a concussion may involve loss of consciousness. A concussion is generally the result of a blow to the head, face or jaw, or […]

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Concussion Awareness Video

Kerry Goulet speaks to UBCP Stunt Performers regarding the dangers of incurring a concussion while working in the motion picture, television, performing arts and live events industries.

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The History of Actsafe Injury Prevention Week

Actsafe launched Actsafe Injury Prevention Week (AIP Week) in 2018 to spread awareness of the leading causes of injury to BC’s arts and entertainment industries’ workers and to provide shareable tips, tools, and resources to help prevent these injuries. This week-long campaign gives Actsafe an opportunity to: increase industry awareness about the highlighted health and […]

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Monthly Updates, June 2020

Actsafe has created a relaunch framework for the performing arts industry. This framework is developed to specifically address the risks associated with COVID-19. It is designed to help organizations complete the COVID-19 Safety Plan as required by WorkSafeBC and address public health orders. Please feel free to share this framework with your community. COVID-19 Best […]

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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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Newsletters & Monthly Updates

Actsafe wants to keep our members up-to-date on industry news and information. Once a month we send out a Monthly Update letting you know about upcoming events, courses, and industry news. Quarterly we send out our newsletter, Safety Scene. This 24-page newsletter is based on a theme and is filled with articles from industry experts, […]

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Beating the Odds

On Feb 9th, 2019 while skiing, I suffered a concussion. I have no memory of the fall that day and ‘lost’ 30-40 minutes in total. As I know the correct concussion protocol, I visited an emergency room later that day where the medical team carried out a CT scan, an x-ray, blood work, and an […]

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List of Performing Arts Bulletins

Below are safety guidelines for the performing art industry in British Columbia. Actsafe’s safety bulletins are recommended guidelines only; always consult all applicable rules and regulations. Health & Safety Bulletin #1 Animal Handling Rules Performing Arts Safety Bulletin #2 Artificially Created Smokes, Fogs And Lighting Effect Performing Arts Safety Bulletin #3 Edged and Piercing Props Performing Arts […]

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List of Motion Picture Bulletins

Below are safety guidelines for the motion picture industry in British Columbia. Actsafe’s safety bulletins are recommended guidelines only; always consult all applicable rules and regulations.   Health & Safety Bulletin Call Sheet Memo Pre-Production #1 Safety With Firearms Motion Picture Safety Bulletin #2 Special Use of Live Ammunition Motion Picture Safety Bulletin #3 Helicopters Motion Picture Safety Bulletin […]

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Safety Scene – October 2018 Edition

In the October 2018 issue: Announcing Actsafe’s Injury Prevention Week! Join Our Crowd Safety Workshop with Eric Stuart Information on Cannabis Legalization Help BC Injury and Prevention Unit with their Online Concussion Awareness Training Tool and a whole lot more! View The Actsafe Safety Scene here.

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Injury Prevention Week

Actsafe Injury Prevention Week (AIP Week) 2020, September 21st – 25th – Save the Date! The theme for Actsafe Injury Prevention Week 2020 is ‘MIND Your Health: Mental Health Awareness’. #AIPWeek2020 AIP Week 2020’s theme is ‘MIND Your Health: Mental Health Awareness’ and focuses on the invisibility of mental illness and how we can all be […]

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