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Here you will find resources related to the locations department that may be helpful to you as an employer or worker in the motion picture and/or performing arts and live events industries.

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Locations Fact Sheet

To read the full document, and to print, click here (183 KB). Hazard Identification Prior to the day of shooting, a production representative should be designated to review the location and determine if obvious safety hazards exist. This designated person is often the Locations Manager or Assistant Locations Manager. The facility/site representative is often a good […]

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#26 Preparing Urban Exterior Locations Motion Picture Safety Bulletin

Urban locations such as alleyways, beneath bridges, tunnels, abandoned structures, storm channels and other locations may present health risks and other hazards which can be mitigated prior to the Production Company prepping and/or shooting at the location. These guidelines are intended to provide recommendations to prepare urban locations for filming. Safety bulletins are recommended guidelines […]

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Spotlight: Hans Dayal Locations Manager Video

Actsafe shines the Spotlight on Hans Dayal, Locations Manager in British Columbia’s Film Industry, discussing safety while managing and working in production environments.

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Equipment, Vehicles and Locations Motion Picture Safety Primer

This Motion Picture safety primer covers topics such as: cranes and elevated work platforms mobile equipment insert-camera cars traffic control buildings city streets wilderness locations water locations For your printed copy(ies) please contact us info@actsafe.ca To read the full Motion Picture Safety Primer Equipment Vehicles Locations document, and to print, click here (322 kB).

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Temporary Propane Installations Guidelines

Technical Safety BC published a Directive: Guidelines for temporary propane installations in 2016. Refer to these guidelines when setting up a temporary propane installation at locations including movie sets, fairs and public events. Important references for this document are the Safety Standards Act, Gas Safety Regulation, CSA B149.1 – Natural gas and propane installation code […]

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Here you will find arts and entertainment safety resources filtered by departments. Please contact Actsafe if there are any resources you would like to see. View by Department Please find resources in the following departments. Audio Visual View Resources Camera View Resources Construction View Resources Dancers View Resources Electrics View Resources Festivals View Resources First […]

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Hazard Identification

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 How do you manage and identify hazards that you encounter in the workplace? Managing hazards is critical to the health and safety of cast […]

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AED Program

Actsafe’s AED Program offers our members a great opportunity to equip their organizations and productions with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at a cost that will fit any budget. Actsafe offers two options: rental and purchase. If you or your organization is interested in learning more about how to use an AED, register for our Cardiac […]

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Monthly Updates – September 2021

Monthly Updates September 2021 September is finally here, which means that the arts and entertainment industries can get together for Actsafe Injury Prevention Week! This year’s AIP Week is going to be bigger and better than ever with our Safety Café visiting locations around the lower mainland. Why not plan to join us for coffee, cookies, and conversations […]

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Workplace Inspections

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 Have you wondered what, how, who and when to conduct workplace inspections? Inspections are an essential component of your health and safety program. This interactive four-hour workshop walks you through the […]

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Taking the next steps towards respect in the workplace

  Respectful workplaces. Where was this concept when I was a production assistant? Anand Kanna, Manager of Motion Picture Services, Actsafe Safety Association   It seems like the entry level position of production assistant was designed more as a long-term hazing exercise than an opportunity to learn the industry. People just tossing trash or garbage […]

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Conduct inspections to help build healthy and safe workplaces

There are many different types of workplaces within B.C.’s performing arts and motion picture industries. Because of this diversity of work, and the environments in which the work is done, it is critical to conduct regular health and safety inspections to help prevent workplace incidents. Kim Stubbs, OHS Consultant, WorkSafeBC Performing arts may include theatre, […]

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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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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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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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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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The Three Phases of Emergency Planning – An Article for Emergency Preparedness

Written by Anand Kanna, Manager of Motion Picture Programs and Services, Actsafe Safety Association. To get in touch with Anand; anandkanna@actsafe.ca or call 604 733 4682 Ext. 120. When was the last time you took part in a fire drill? Within the last month? Within the last year? Back in high school? Don’t laugh; I bet it’s […]

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Actsafe Injury Prevention Week 2019

Actsafe Injury Prevention Week (AIP Week) September 9th-13th, 2019 The theme for 2019 was ‘Prevention Through Orientation’ which highlighted the importance of orientations in keeping workers in the arts and entertainment industries safe. Here’s an overview of the ‘Prevention Through Orientation’ calendar, resources focused on the following topics through our social media channels daily: Date […]

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Performing Arts Information Sheets

Actsafe Safety Association’s Information Sheets are recommended safety guidelines only; always consult all applicable rules and regulations. Performing Arts’ information sheets and fact sheets are for the Performing Arts industry in British Columbia.  Information Sheets Performing Arts Information Sheets #1 Animal Handling Rules Performing Arts Safety Bulletin #2 Artificially Created Smokes, Fogs And Lighting Effect […]

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Respirator Fit Testing

Actsafe offers a Respirator Fit Testing service to organizations in B.C.’s arts and entertainment industries.  This service is provided by Reliable Mobile Hearing Testing. Respirators may be required when creating smoke or fog effects on interior sets or when working in locations with compromised air quality. Producer(s) are responsible for the purchase of appropriate respirators […]

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Motion Picture Information Sheets

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

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Supergirl: Leading By Example

Written by Jennifer Lane, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Actsafe Safety Association.   The role of a Locations Manager is to source and find locations to be used in production. It is part of their role to ensure that the location is a safe environment for the crew to be in, and one they can get […]

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