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#3 Edged and Piercing Props Performing Arts Safety Bulletin

These guidelines are intended to provide recommendations on the safe handling, use and storage of those props that can cut or puncture cast or crew members. These props include but are not limited to knives, swords, razors, darts, bows and arrows, hatchets, saws, spears, cross bows and martial arts throwing stars. Edged and Piercing Props […]

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#30 Edged & Pierced Props Motion Picture Safety Bulletin

These guidelines are intended to provide recommendations on the safe handling, use and storage of those props that can cut or puncture cast or crew members. These props include but are not limited to knives, swords, razors, darts, bows and arrows, hatchets, saws, spears, cross bows and martial arts throwing stars. Edged and Piercing Props […]

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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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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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COVID-19 Support Program

Actsafe is partnering with Iridia Medical to bring their COVID-19 Support Program to Actsafe’s members at a special discounted rate.   Iridia has a team of health care professionals, emergency planners, and educators who are available to support the arts and entertainment industries in all aspects of the COVID-19 response.   Iridia is continually updating our program […]

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Finding Answers for Questions Around Concussions

When I was first approached to write an article about concussions for Safety Scene I was tempted to discuss all the things that I know about concussions (which isn’t much alongside the experts who have graciously contributed to this edition). Then I realized that the questions I have about concussions might be shared by other […]

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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 #1 Animal Handling Rules Performing Arts Safety Bulletin #2 Artificially Created Smokes, Fogs And Lighting Effect Performing Arts Safety Bulletin […]

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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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Construction & Demolition Fact Sheet

To read the full document, and to print, click here (196 KB). SIMULTANEOUS WORK The Production/Employer must ensure that safe work practices are being used when different work is carried out simultaneously at the same location. If a work process could potentially jeopardize the safety of the people present, the Production/Employer must ensure that these hazards […]

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#10 Safety Guidelines for Using Foam(ed) Plastics in Set and Prop Construction Performing Arts Bulletin

The following recommendations are intended to give general guidance on the safe handling, use, storage and disposal of foam(ed) plastics when used to construct stage sets and props. Foam(ed) plastics are products made of petroleum distillates which can ignite when used in connection with heat from a hot wire or welding/cutting operation (hot work), or […]

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#39 Foamed Plastics in Set and Prop Construction Motion Picture Safety Bulletin

The following recommendations are intended to give general guidance on the safe handling, use, storage and disposal of foam(ed) plastics when used to construct stage sets and props. Foam(ed) plastics are products made of petroleum distillates which can ignite when used in connection with heat from a hot wire or welding/cutting operation (hot work), or […]

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Spotlight: Elia Kirby, Great Northern Way Scene Shop Video

Actsafe shines the Spotlight on Elia Kirby, owner of the Great Northern Way Scene Shop, who discusses process and potential risks/hazards surrounding the building, installation, and movement/transport of props and set-design pieces in and around production environments.

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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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Firearm Safety – Level 1

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 Developed and presented by Felcan Enterprises, this 1-day workshop provides an introduction to Firearm Safety for the entertainment industry. The workshop will cover […]

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