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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 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

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 this fact sheet as a general guideline only. While the information provided […]

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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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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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Previous CSR Initiatives

OUR EFFORTS THUS FAR: Haste Makes Waste: How often have you just thrown something in the trash mindlessly because it was ‘too much effort’ to walk to the recycling bin at the other end of the office? Or used one corner of an A4 piece of paper and then just thrown it away? We at […]

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New Actsafe Gives Back Initiative is Launched!

CALLING ALL MOTION PICTURE AND PERFORMING ARTS INDUSTRY WORKERS Know someone that’s been struggling this year? Has work dried up due to COVID-19? Need help with upgrading your safety training? Actsafe has an opportunity for you.  We’re launching Actsafe Gives Back, a program that will allow disadvantaged workers from the arts and entertainment industries access to safety training they might not be […]

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Actsafe Gives Back

We want to thank everyone who nominated themselves or others for one of our Actsafe Gives Back safety training packages. We had an overwhelming response which, with a limited budget, made for a very difficult decision-making process.  The 2020 winners are:   Welcome to the Motion Picture Industry  Charlotte Wright  Chantelle Fry  What Technicians Need to Know  Alan Ly  […]

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Actsafe’s Notes on the latest Provincial Health Order

November 23, 2020 Thank you all for your patience. It’s been a busy few days since the province has issued its latest restrictions on social gatherings and the Actsafe team has been working hard to get up to speed. Below is updated guidance based on the most recent provincial and regional guidelines.  Live Streaming Productions can continue if:  No audience, patrons, or guests – a closed worksite.  Only […]

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Return To Operations – Safety Plans

Before returning to operations, employers must have a safety plan in place to deal specifically with the COVID-19 hazard in their workplaces. Does your plan make sense? Actsafe’s Safety Team can review your safety plan before you head back to production. Upload your plan and we’ll endeavour to provide feedback within 72 hours. Quick links to […]

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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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Important Course Information

On this page you will find information on the following;  Cancellation Policy  Union Training Requirements  Group Training COVID-19 protocols when visiting the Actsafe office The Actsafe office is wheelchair accessible. Call anytime for additional information, 604 733 4682.  CANCELLATION POLICY FOR LEAVITT MACHINERY COURSES: If you are unable to attend any Leavitt Machinery courses below, you […]

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Rosa Survey of Workplace Sexual Harassment

Rosa is Canada’s first national digital platform centralizing the laws around sexual harassment; breaking down information about; what to expect if you report, how to protect yourself and how to prepare. Rosa is there to help you navigate how legal systems work and where to find help. Rosa empowers you to stay safe, healthy and […]

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Understanding Ergonomics Helps Protect Workers from Sprains and Strains

Everything we do – be it building a set, filming, or unloading a truck – takes place in a system that includes the physical and organizational environment and the equipment and tools to perform the task. Ergonomics is the study of how people interact within all these system elements with the goal of optimizing well-being […]

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Cognitive Ergonomics: The Effect of Fatigue on Injury Risk

From grips to performers, costumers to carpenters, and everyone in between, the film industry is a demanding one, involving long hours, hard work, and erratic schedules. Fatigue is often the norm, not the exception. – Mike Harnett, President, Solaris Fatigue Management But when we talk about work-related injuries, we tend to focus only on the […]

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Not to be a Pain…

Ever had a pain in the neck? Well, ergonomics is a science that tries to design places and activities around cast and crew to reduce pains like that. It recognizes that everyone is different and because of these differences they may not relate the same way to pillows, work signage, tools, equipment, and spaces. Ergonomics […]

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Systems Ergonomics – Beyond Physical Factors

To better understand ergonomics as a systems science let us start by understanding an example. – Manu Nellutla, CCPE, CPHSA. Executive Director, Actsafe Safety Association A computer programmer has been complaining about back pain to his supervisor. His supervisor researches and gets the programmer an ‘ergonomic’ chair. After a few weeks of use, the programmer […]

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