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Artists and Communicable Diseases Booklet

Performing Artists are often involved in scenes requiring physical contact, including kissing, and as such, require health and safety considerations to prevent the potential spread of communicable diseases. For example, what are the responsibilities of artists with HIV or Hepatitis B & C in such situations? And what are employers responsible for? These are complicated […]

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Controlling Exposure: Protecting Workers from Infectious Disease WorkSafeBC

This WorkSafeBC booklet describes common infectious diseases, how they are spread, and explains how workers can prevent disease transmission and protect themselves. To read the full document on WorkSafeBC’s website, and to print, click here.

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Employer’s Report of Injury or Occupational Disease (Form 7)

If a person working for you has a work-related injury or disease and gets medical treatment from a doctor or other qualified practitioner, as the employer, you must report the incident to WorkSafeBC as soon as possible. Reporting online with Form 7 is usually the fastest way to make your report; it also allows you to […]

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Monthly Updates – December 2021

Monthly Updates December 2021 The end of the year is almost upon us and Actsafe is already planning ahead for 2022. We have officially opened early bird registration for the Actsafe Entertainment Safety Conference at just $100, so be sure to register before January 10th to avail of this incredible offer. Also in December’s monthly updates, nominate […]

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Monthly Updates – November 2021

Monthly Updates November 2021 As we enter the final months of the year, Actsafe is busy finishing our 2021 projects and planning on how we can best support the arts and entertainment industries in 2022.  This November, we are asking you to nominate those who have put safety first in 2021 for an Actsafe Safety in […]

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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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Monthly Updates – May 2021

Monthly Updates May 2021 We have lots to update you on in May’s monthly updates after a very busy April.   Since the success of What Would Don Do? for the performing arts and live events industry, we’re now launching Ask Anand, a weekly virtual platform for the motion picture and television industry to discuss various health and safety topics. Make sure to register […]

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Setting the Scene for Needlestick and Sharps Safety

It’s a cold, grey morning and Andres is prepped and ready for a long day of location scouting. With a hot coffee in tow, he sets out on the streets of East Vancouver, hoping to spot a few perfect storefronts for a key scene. Instead, Andres spots – and almost steps on – something much […]

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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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Monthly Updates, February 2021

As 2020 comes to a close, we want to share with you some final updates for the year including that registration is now open for the Actsafe Entertainment Safety Conference! You can register today for as low as $0.  You will also find out the winners of our Actsafe Gives Back initiative, information on the […]

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WorkSafeBC COVID-19 Resources

Actsafe has curated a list of WorkSafeBC resources to guide employers through occupational health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources can help ensure appropriate protocols are in place to protect workers and patrons. Important: The Workplace Safety Order and Gatherings and Events Order expired on April 8, 2022. The Provincial Health Officer no […]

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COVID-19 Safety Procedures

At this time masks are mandatory in our communal office space. In the classroom, mask mandates are at the instructor’s discretion. Learn more about our COVID protocols for accessing Actsafe’s office. Overview This COVID-19 safety course takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and provides a general overview on what workers in British Columbia’s arts and entertainment […]

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JHSC Terms of Reference

This guide and attached template are designed to offer information and guidance in developing a Rules of Procedure (Terms of Reference) document for use in Joint Health and Safety Committees (JHSC) in the motion picture, television, performing arts and live events workplaces in British Columbia.  As with any template, the information must be reviewed before […]

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Preventing exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace: A WorkSafeBC guide for employers

Orders from the provincial health officer (PHO) and guidance to employers and businesses provided by them BC Centre of Disease Control represent the minimum standard that employers must meet, to comply with obligations to ensure worker health and safety. This guide for employers provides questions you should ask to address health and safety concerns in […]

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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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Exposure Registry WorkSafeBC Program (Form 41M1)

Sometimes workers know they have had exposure to a harmful substance at work. Yet they experience no immediate ill effects, as many occupational diseases are latent and only develop if there have been long periods of exposure. Often, symptoms may not present themselves for years. WorkSafeBC’s Registry allows you to record any workplace exposure you […]

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First Aid Forms and Records FAQs

What first aid forms do we need on site? Generally, Form 7 (PDF 81 KB) – Employer’s Report of Injury or Occupational Disease, Occupational First Aid Patient Assessment chart (PDF 41 KB), and First Aid Record (PDF 19 KB) are required on site. Copies of these forms can be printed directly from the above links. […]

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First Aid Patient Assessment (WorkSafeBC Form 55M60)

This WorkSafeBC form is for first aid attendants to assess injured or ill workers. A record of all injuries and manifestations of disease reported or treated must be maintained by the employer. Occupational First Aid Patient Assessment.

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Safety Links

Please find a list of useful safety links to various safety resources, organizations and services below: • British Columbia Health Guide • Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety • Canadian Occupational Safety and Health (CanOSH) • Centers for Disease Control • Fire & Rescue Services – City of Vancouver • Fire Extinguisher Online Safety […]

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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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Noise and Hearing Loss in Musicians Report

Actsafe asked the University of British Columbia to help investigate several questions related to the noise-related health and safety of musicians and other workers potentially exposed to loud music that fall under their mandate. These questions were: 1. How much noise are musicians exposed to? a. How do we define noise? b. What kinds of […]

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West Nile Virus Fact Sheet

To read the full document, and to print, click here (57 kB). As of August 2009 there have been confirmed contracted infections recorded in the Southern Okanagan. The West Nile Virus is spread to humans and other mammals from mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds. While the risks of being infected and becoming seriously ill […]

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Reporting Incidents to WorkSafeBC

As an employer, you are responsible for immediately notifying WorkSafeBC when certain workplace incidents occur.  Incidents such as when a worker is seriously injured or killed on the job, a building collapses, or there is a major release of a hazardous substance. Incidents requiring immediate notification When there is an incident Immediate notification ensures quick […]

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Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System 2015

Overview This online WHMIS 2015 course aims to prevent workplace injuries, diseases, and deaths resulting from the storage and use of hazardous products. This course implements the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) standard for hazard classification and communication. Course Delivery: OnlineCourse Cost: $29.95 +GSTCourse Duration: 2hrs Register Now Create Profile […]

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About Us

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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