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Health and Safety for Motion Picture and Television Production in B.C.

To read the full document, and to print, click here (1.22 MB). This book aims to help reduce the risk of injury to workers in the motion picture, television, and commercial production industry. The resource is mainly for employers, although the information is also relevant for workers and anyone involved in work on a film or television […]

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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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Production Resources

Starting a production in British Columbia? We’ve curated a selection of important literature and resources to help provide an understanding of requirements for any new productions to create a safe and healthy workplace for your workers. Why not contact our Motion Picture Industry Advisor Anand Kanna (by email or phone 604 733 4682 Ext. 120.) […]

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WorkSafeBC Insurance Coverage for Motion Picture Productions Fact Sheet #15

To read the full document, and to print, click here (232 kB). This fact sheet has been created to help employers (i.e., production companies) ensure that their employees and service providers are covered by some form of WorkSafeBC insurance, to protect the production against liability if an accident happens. Please note that Actsafe is providing […]

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Working At Heights in the Live Production Industry in BC Guide

This guide will help those that work in the performing arts understand the WorkSafeBC requirements and industry safe work practices for working at heights. Shape Working at heights in the live production industry in BC Guide PDF

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Acknowledgement of Receipt of Production Safety Guidelines Checklist

Please find Actsafe’s Acknowledgement of Receipt of Production Safety Guidelines Checklist form below: Acknowledgement of receipt of production safety guidelines checklist PDF

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Location and Production Office Hazard Checklist

Please find our Actsafe Location and Production Office Hazard Checklist form below. This checklist should be completed or each location or production office. Explain all items of concern and how/when these items will be resolved in the Hazard Description Table. Location and Production Office Hazard Checklist PDF

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Production Motion Picture Safety Primer

The Motion Picture Safety Primer: Production describes safety guidelines and requirements for the various departments, as well as specialized activities that may occur during a production. Topics include: construction painting ladders scaffolds fall protection equipment lighting and electrical safety pyrotechnics smoke and fog firearms underwater diving and more.. To read the full document, and to print, click […]

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Focus on Safety: Safe Work Practices Manual for Film and Television Production in B.C.

This WorkSafeBC general safety manual is written for employers (production companies) and workers in B.C.’s film and television production industry. It includes information on potential hazards and provides safe work practices to prevent injuries in the industry. It covers topics such as: equipment vehicles location hazards construction, painting special effects props stunts To read the […]

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Reel Green Climate and Sustainable Production Course

Course Delivery: Virtual ClassroomCourse Cost: FREECourse Duration: 2hrs The Reel Green Climate and Sustainable Production course is a unique, engaging and solutions-based training session offering attendees the information and inspiration to live and work in a more sustainable way. Across the 2-hour online course, delegates can expect to be challenged with engaging presentations, case studies and […]

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The Who, What, When, and How of Inspections

Inspections. The very word can evoke an endless array of questions. What do we need to inspect? When do they need to be done? How do we do them? Who does them? Can anyone help me with this? Well, hopefully I’ll be able to shed some light on these questions. Let’s start at the beginning, […]

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Actsafe’s Safety Sphere

Everybody knows that performing an inspection can be overwhelming. Whether you are a safety specialist or new to performing inspections, you may not know how to start the process and properly analyze the environment around you. Natalli Dias, Motion Picture Safety Advisor, Actsafe Safety Associaton   In some cases, you may have an inspection form […]

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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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MPPIA Motion Picture Industry Orientation Course and Exam

Follow the steps below, in order, to acquire a certificate for the MPPIA Motion Picture Industry Orientation course and exam: STEP 1: MPPIA Motion Picture Industry Orientation Course Course Delivery: Virtual ClassroomCourse Cost: $75 +GSTCourse Duration: 4hrs/day for 2 consecutive days This 2-day instructor-led workshop is the prerequisite for the online MPPIA Motion Picture Industry Orientation Exam […]

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STAR System FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: TOP SECTION GENERAL WHAT IS STAR? HOW DO I CREATE A PROFILE? HOW DO I LOGIN TO MY PROFILE? WHAT IS ACTSAFE? WHERE ARE MY RECEIPTS? STAR NOTIFICATIONS, WHY SHOULD I KEEP THEM TOGGLED ON? WHY CLICK ‘AGREE’ TO HAVE RECORDS VISIBLE FOR THE ADVANCED SEARCH? COURSES HOW CAN I ACCESS MY […]

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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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Pandemic, Planning, and Public Health in the Arts Community

What a wild journey we have all been on since the arrival of SARSCov- 2 in early 2020. Casting my mind back, I remember hearing reports of a deadly virus in China. Shortly afterward I began hearing about its detection in a variety of European countries with it moving swiftly toward us as Spring Break […]

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COVID, Kissing, and Cooties

When it comes to performing sex acts in mainstream media, we are limited by what we can show on camera. Kissing remains the only sex act we ask actors to perform and not simulate (with the exception of performers who prefer kiss-masking over non-simulated lip-locking). However, kissing is one of the more dangerous requests we […]

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Protecting workers from the increased use of disinfectants, cleaners, and sanitizers during COVID-19

Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces plays an important part in reducing the spread of COVID-19. In the arts and entertainment industries, surfaces can include cameras, rigging equipment, costumes, and props. Workers who use cleaning products may risk chemical exposure that can cause injury. Many cleaning disinfectants contain chemicals that are dangerous if not used as directed. […]

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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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Actsafe Injury Prevention Week 2020

The theme for last year was MIND Your Health, Mental Health Awareness. Here you will find our list of session recordings and a curated list of resources on mental health and well-being. Session Slides, Resources, and Recordings: Sick and Tired: A Conversation About Stress and Fatigue with Mike Harnett. An Overview of Concussions and their […]

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Safety Scene – Winter 2021: Biological Hazards

This quarter’s theme is Biological Hazards Biological hazards are at forefront of everyone’s minds since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world. What are they? How do we minimize the risks from them in our homes and in our workplaces? What biohazards can be found on production?  In this edition of Safety Scene, we answer these […]

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Monthly Updates, November 2020

October has been a busy month for Actsafe with the release of a new COVID-19 safety course, the development of a checklist to assist with COVID-19 Safety Plans, and an updated Provincial Health Order.  In this Monthly Updates, you will find information about all of the above, as well as a number of upcoming webinars, Actsafe […]

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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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