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Questions and Answers About Cryptococcal Disease Report

This three page report from the BC Centre for Disease Control outlines what Cryptococcal Disease is and how it can be prevented. Questions and Answers About Cryptococcal Disease Report PDF

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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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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, January 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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2021 WorkSafeBC Student Safety Video Contest

The 2021 WorkSafeBC Student Safety Video Contest has just launched. The theme of this year’s contest — I am doing my part — challenges students to create a self-filmed video (maximum two minutes) that explores how young workers can stop the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in the workplace.  You can enter the contest if you’re a B.C. student […]

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WorkSafeBC COVID-19 Resources

Below you will find a list of WorkSafeBC resources to guide employers through occupational health and safety during the current pandemic and to ensure that appropriate protocols are in place to protect workers from the risk of transmission. WorkSafeBC Resource Date Maintaining COVID-19 Safety Plans November 11th, 2020 Maintaining COVID-19 Plans Actsafe Letter November 11th, […]

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Air Quality Advisory – September 2020

September 14th, 2020: Smoky Skies Bulletin issued for the southern half of BC here. Air Quality Advisory issued for Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley Regional District here. 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 […]

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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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Monthly Updates, May 2020

Actsafe’s Monthly Updates: May We at Actsafe Safety Association hope that you are safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are doing our part in mitigating the exposure and spread of the virus to the Actsafe team and community and therefore our office is currently closed until further notice. We are still here to help […]

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Steps for Life: Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy

When Rebecca Orr laces up her shoes to walk in Steps for Life, her reasons are both intensely personal, and universal. Rebecca’s husband Lance was killed when a load of heavy concrete forms slipped from the chains of an overhead crane and crushed him. Now, Rebecca participates in Steps for Life– Walking for Families of […]

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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

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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Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 Info Sheet

To read the full document, and to print, click here (363 KB). This info sheet on COVID-19 (coronavirus) covers precautions that both employers and workers can take to avoid contracting and spreading the virus. At the time of this update, B.C. has declared a state of emergency and a public health emergency. What is COVID-19?Coronaviruses are […]

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Monthly Updates, May 2019

Actsafe’s May Updates Course Update We listened to your feedback following the launch of our online Motion Picture Safety 101 – General Safety Awareness course, and in an effort to remove all glitches we will be uploading an updated version of the course on May 6, 2019. If you are in the process of completing […]

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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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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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Air Quality Advisory – September 2020

September 14th, 2020: Smoky Skies Bulletin issued for the southern half of BC here. Air Quality Advisory issued for Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley Regional District here. 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 […]

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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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Wild Fire Air Quality Advisory (2015)

High Air Quality Health Index rating The province of British Columbia and Metro Vancouver have both issued an Air Quality Advisory for the Sea to Sky Corridor (Howe Sound, through Squamish and Whistler to Pemberton) as well as Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley because of high concentrations of fine particulate matter, due to smoke […]

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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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