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World Mental Health Day 2019

October 10th is World Mental Health Day, which raises awareness of mental health issues around the world.

For our industries here in British Columbia, Calltime Mental Health is an initiative by British Columbia’s motion picture industry unions to assist workers and employers grappling with mental health and addiction issues both in and out of the workplace.

We’re also pleased to announce that the theme for next year’s Actsafe Injury Prevention Week is MIND Your Health: Mental Health Awareness.

The goal of this annual event is to highlight the importance of a safe and healthy work culture amongst B.C.’s arts and entertainment industry workers and to provide shareable tips, tools, and resources to help prevent illness and injuries.

Save the date: September 21st – 25th, 2020. Bookmark our Injury Prevention Week page for updates, announcements, and resources.

Safety Scene Quarterly Newsletter – Fall 2019: Emergency Preparedness

This quarter’s theme is Emergency Preparedness!

This edition is filled with information on how to be prepared for an emergency at your workplace, and also at your home. It includes articles from Actsafe’s safety team, the City of Vancouver’s Desiree Hamilton, and Gentian Events Ltd’s Eric Stuart. This edition’s centerfold is Actsafe’s Emergency Preparedness info sheet that has tips on how to introduce emergency preparedness practices into your worksite.

To begin reading, click here!

Click here for a quick access PDF for viewing, downloading, and sharing.

Click here for a quick link to the centrefold pullout; the Workplace Emergency Preparedness info sheet.


We want to hear from you!

We appreciate any feedback you may have. Maybe you’d like to write an article for our next edition? For content and advertising opportunities, please email Jennifer at

We are printing a limited number of quarterly newsletters on Sugar Sheet. If you wish to receive a printed copy, please contact

Google Chrome Browser Troubleshooting

If you are using a Google Chrome web browser to complete our online courses (including Motion Picture General Safety Awareness 101), please ensure that your browser is up to date by following these steps;

Mac & PC;

  1. Click on the MORE button in the top right hand corner (3 vertical dots);

2. Help>About Google Chrome

3. A new tab will open and will confirm whether the browser needs to be updated.

4. For Android or other Apple products, please refer to Google Help for more information.

Actsafe Injury Prevention Week 2019 Is Well Under Way!

AIP Week 2019 is well under way!

Here’s an overview of the ‘Prevention Through Orientation’ calendar, we’ll be posting resources focused on the following topics through our social media channels daily:

Date Topic
Monday, September 9th Orientation Basics
Tuesday, September 10th Delivery & Documentation
Wednesday, September 11th Role of the Supervisor
Thursday, September 12th Safety Orientation
Friday, September 13th Toolbox Talks

This year we also have a safety cafe which will be visiting a production near you! Check out which location you can attend for a complimentary coffee, swag and orientation conversations;

Date Location
Tuesday, September 10th Riggit (9am – 1pm)
Mammoth Studios (2pm – 5pm)
Wednesday, September 11th North Shore Studios (10am – 1pm)
Bridge Studios (2pm – 5pm)
Thursday, September 12th Vancouver Film Studios (10am – 1pm)
Friday, September 13th TBC



Click on the poster to view the full size PDF for printing;


Labour Day 2019

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and safe Labour Day weekend!

Actsafe will be closed from 2pm Friday, August 30th and will re-open on Tuesday, September 3 at 9am.

If you experience a worksite emergency, contact WorkSafeBC. Their Prevention Information Line is 1.888.621.7233

Monthly Updates, September 2019

Actsafe’s September Updates

August marked the end of an extremely busy summer for Actsafe and the arts and entertainment industries. This month, Actsafe travelled to Los Angeles, attended a number of outreach events, and we welcomed a new team member. Read all about what has been happening and what is coming up this September, below.

Actsafe Injury Prevention Week, 2019

Actsafe’s Injury Prevention Week (AIP Week) is back for its second year, September 9th-13th!

This year’s theme is ‘Prevention Through Orientation’ which is highlighting the importance of orientations in keeping workers in the arts and entertainment industries safe.

There will be lots of interesting and engaging activities happening throughout AIP Week for you to get involved in, with lots of prizes to be won too!

To find out more information:

To get you excited for AIP Week, here are 4 articles on the topic of orientation:

  1. Supergirl: Leading By Example by Amy Laurel Barager, Locations Manager, Supergirl Productions

  2. Beyond Compliance: Making the Most of Training and Orientation by Robin Schooley, Industry Specialist in the Young and New Worker Program, WorkSafeBC

  3. But We’ve Already Had One Orientation; Do We Need Another? by Anand Kanna, Manager of Motion Picture Programs and Services, Actsafe

  4. We Need To Talk About Orientations by Don Parman, Manager of Performing Arts Programs and Services, Actsafe

These articles were written for the Summer edition of Safety Scene, our quarterly newsletter. Keep an eye out for the Fall edition, which will be landing in your inboxes at the end of September.

Welcome To The Team Rachael!

Actsafe is happy to announce that we have a new addition to our team – Rachael McMahon in the position of Safety Advisor. Welcome Rachael. If you’d like to connect with Rachael, you may get in touch with her here.

Actsafe are also seeking another Safety Advisor and a Board Treasurer to join the team. If you’re interested in either of these positions, resumes can be sent to


Actsafe Entertainment Safety Conference 2020


Early Bird tickets will be on sale for the Actsafe Entertainment Safety Conference from September 16th. We will also be selling tickets for Eric Stuart’s ever popular ‘Crowd Safety Workshop’. These tickets sell-out quickly so be sure to claim your spot.

Click here for more details.

Actsafe Take LA

Our Executive Director, Manu Nellutla, and our Manager of Motion Picture Programs and Services, Anand Kanna, (pictured above with Paul Jordan and Rob Sahm, NBC Universal) visited Los Angeles to meet with the studios: Warners Brothers, Disney, Netflix, NBC/Universal, Sony, and Apple. This trip was an opportunity to introduce Manu to the studios and for Actsafe to gather feedback on how our services are benefiting them and helping to keep the industry safe.

Performing Arts Outreach

Our Manager of Performing Arts Programs and Services, Don Parman, attended the CITT/ICTS Rendez-Vous Annual Conference & Trade Show, as well as Tech-Nique in Whitehorse this August. Don taught Performing Arts Safety for Supervisors, presented sessions, and also spoke to CBC North about Tech-Nique and his passion for live tech, which you can listen to here.

Sustainable Production Forum

Creative BC presents the Sustainable Production Forum 2019. The Sustainable Production Forum focuses on the pressing issue of sustainability within the motion picture and entertainment industry. Tickets are on sale now. Click here for more information.


Happy Herd

As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, members of the Actsafe team volunteered at The Happy Herd Farm Sanctuary. It was great to be able to give back to our community, environment, and a worthy organization. To be inspired by our CSR initiatives, click here.


Upcoming Courses


You can find our full list of courses below:



Our Growth Throughout June


People were trained through Actsafe courses.


New STAR (Safety Training And Records) System registrations.

8, 184

Website Users


New subscribers to our industry newsletter and updates.

Training Grant

Did you know training at Actsafe could get you an employer training grant? You could qualify to be reimbursed up to 100%. Click here for more information.


Labour Day

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and safe Labour Day weekend!

The Actsafe office will close on Friday August 30th at 2pm and will reopen on Tuesday, September 3rd at 9am.

If you experience a worksite emergency, contact WorkSafeBC. Their Prevention Information Line is 1.888.621.7233.

Need Health & Safety Advice? Connect With Our Safety Team

Don Parman

Manager, Performing Arts Programs and Services, Don Parman
Direct: 604.495.0034
Office: 604.838.0290


Rachael McMahon

Rachael McMahon
Direct: 604.733.4682 Ext. 205

Anand Kanna

Manager, Motion Picture Programs and Services, Anand Kanna
Direct: 604.495.0028
Office: 604.733.4682 Ext. 120




Monthly Updates, August 2019

Actsafe’s August Updates

July was another great month for Actsafe with a lot of exciting things happening to update you on, including;

  • Upcoming Courses and Dates
  • Actsafe’s Injury Prevention Week
  • New Job Openings
  • Outreach… and more!

Make sure to follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram to get the latest arts and entertainment safety news.

See you next month!
The Actsafe Team

Board of Directors

 We would like to welcome Dave Wilson to the position of ‘Performing Arts Worker Representative’ on the Actsafe Board of Directors.

We would also like to announce that Cheryl Nex and Laurie Edmundson have stepped down from their roles as Treasurer, and Performing Arts Worker Representative, respectively. Thank you both for your many years of service on the Board of Directors.

The Actsafe Board of Directors is seeking a Treasurer. For more information, see here.

Atlin Arts and Music Festival Outreach

Our Manager of Performing Arts Programs and Services, Don Parman, recently filled in as Lighting Director at the Atlin Arts and Music Festival. He attended safety meetings, concerts, and networked with the amazing arts community of northern BC and the Yukon. To find out more:


MPPIA Board of Directors

A huge congratulations to our Manager of Motion Picture Programs and Services, Anand Kanna, who is now a member of the Board of Directors at the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of British Columbia.

Job Openings

Are you passionate about health and safety? Do you want to work in a fast-paced industry alongside a fun, high-calibre team? If yes, Actsafe may have the perfect role for you as we are currently looking for a Safety Advisor!

Find the full job description and how to apply here.

Save The Date

Actsafe’s Injury Prevention Week is back, and this year’s theme is ‘Prevention Through Orientation’. Stay tuned for educational and interactive content across our social media channels – September 9-13.

To find our updated New and Young Worker orientation form, click here.

Opportunity to Contribute to our Newsletter

The theme of the Fall edition of Safety Scene is ‘Emergency Preparedness’ and we would love your contribution. We are seeking industry-based articles around this topic, so if you’d like to submit an idea, feel free to drop our Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Jennifer, an email at If you’re interested in advertising in this quarterly newsletter, find more details here.


Hours of Service

Actsafe hosted two ‘Hours of Service’ presentations; one by the Canadian Media Producers Association, and one by the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers. We will be hosting more soon, so stay tuned!


Upcoming Courses


You can find our full list of courses below:



Our Growth Throughout June


People were trained through Actsafe courses.


New users in our STAR (Safety Training And Records) System.


Website Visitors


New subscribers to our industry newsletter and updates.

International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day, August 31, spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. Actsafe hosts hands-on training courses where attendees can participate in a practical session learning how to deliver the opioid overdose reversal drug ‘Naloxone’. Email us here if you’d like to be notified of the next course dates. Further information can be found here.


British Columbia Day

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and safe British Columbia Day weekend! The Actsafe office will be closed from 2pm on Friday August 2nd and will re-open on Tuesday, August 6th at 9.00am.

If you experience a worksite emergency, contact WorkSafeBC. Their Prevention Information Line is 1.888.621.7233.

Need Health & Safety Advice? Connect With Our Advisors

Don Parman

Manager, Performing Arts Programs and Services, Don Parman
Direct: 604.495.0034
Office: 604.838.0290

Anand Kanna

Manager, Motion Picture Programs and Services, Anand Kanna
Direct: 604.495.0028
Office: 604.733.4682 Ext. 120




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 the course or are about to start the course, please ensure that you complete it by May 5, 2019 as to avoid any interruption to your progress.

Advisor Outreach

In April, our Manager of Performing Arts Programs and Services, Don Parman (above, pictured with Janet Sellery, Event Safety Alliance Canada), travelled to Toronto to attend the Event Safety Alliance Canada – Inaugural Conference 2019. While in Toronto, Don also attended the Production Managing the Arts (P.M.Arts) Conference. Both conferences were filled with useful information and inspiration for next year’s Actsafe Event Safety Conference.


Actsafe Aspiring Filmmaker Award

Congratulations to Drew Bennett from Walnut Grove Secondary School who won the Actsafe Aspiring Filmmaker Award in this year’s WorkSafeBC Student Safety Video Contest!


Here’s a look at where our Manager of Performing Arts Programs and Services, Don Parman, and our Manager of Motion Picture Programs and Services, Anand Kanna, will be this May:

Don Parman:

Manager, Performing Arts Programs and Services, Don Parman
Direct: 604.495.0034
Office: 604.838.0290

Anand Kanna:

Manager, Motion Picture Programs and Services, Anand Kanna
Direct: 604.495.0028
Office: 604.733.4682 Ext. 120

Our Growth Throughout April


New subscribers to our newsletter.


New social media followers.


New users in our STAR (Safety Training And Records) System.


People were trained through Actsafe courses, including 39 people in our newly launched Motion Picture Industry Orientation course. We’re offering this newly updated course twice per month, check out our course page for offerings.


Website visitors.

NAOSH Week 2019

May 5 – 11 2019 is North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The goal during this week is to focus employers, employees, partners and the public on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home, and in the community.

Find more info here.

Day of Mourning

Sunday, April 28th marked the Day of Mourning 2019. Last year, 131 B.C. workers died from a workplace injury or disease. Our Manager of Motion Picture Programs and Services, Anand Kanna, represented Actsafe at the Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver ceremony. We at Actsafe pledge to strive harder to prevent workplace injuries and fatalities in B.C’s entertainment industries.

Welcome to the Actsafe Team!

We are delighted to announce that this month there will be three new members joining the Actsafe team:
Jennifer Lane – Marketing and Communications Coordinator,
Lisa Wild – Operations Assistant,
Harnak Lalli – Senior Accountant.

Meet the rest of the Actsafe Team here.


Victoria Day

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and safe Victoria Day weekend!  The Actsafe office will be closed on Monday, May 20th and will re-open on Tuesday, May 21st at 9.00am.

If you experience a worksite emergency, contact WorkSafeBC. Their Prevention Information Line is 1.888.621.7233.




Actsafe Appoints New Executive Director

Nancy Harwood, Chair of the Board of Directors of Actsafe Safety Association, is pleased to announce that Manu (Manobhiram) Nellutla has been selected as the organization’s new Executive Director, effective March 11th, 2019.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors of Actsafe, I wish to welcome Manu to his new role and say how much we are looking forward to Actsafe’s future with his leadership. Manu was selected by the Board’s Recruitment Committee from a field of highly qualified candidates after a rigorous search”, stated Ms Harwood. “ We are very impressed with Manu’s experience and successes as a senior executive with another progressive health and safety association, his passion for health and safety, and his proven leadership abilities.”

Manu brings a wealth of expertise from his current position as Chief Operating Officer with the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC (MSABC) to his new role. Actsafe’s entertainment industries will be well served by Manu’s experience of delivering high-quality services and resources to stakeholders and advancing initiatives that lead to successful health and safety outcomes for industry.

Manu has a background in the fields of ergonomics, education, health and safety, and research. He holds a Masters in Physiotherapy with specialization in musculoskeletal and sports, Post Graduate Diploma in Ergonomics, Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration.

Before his tenure at MSABC, Manu was a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Physiotherapy at the University of Rwanda. He has also taught Occupational Health and Safety in MSc Public Health program at Mount Kenya University.

 “I am very excited and grateful for this opportunity to provide leadership at Actsafe,” said Nellutla. “I am looking forward to working with the Actsafe team, industry members and all other stakeholders as we strive towards making British Columbia the safest province to work in the entertainment industry.”

The official announcement can be found here. Welcome Manu!



Motion Picture Safety Awareness Course Launches Online

Motion Picture Safety Awareness is making the move…to online!

Launching January 7th, you will now be able to complete this free course online, at your leisure.

This interactive, video-game style course takes approximately 5 hours and can be completed in parts, all while collecting both stars and knowledge along the way!

Click here to begin the course!

Safety Scene – December 2018 Edition

In the December 2018 issue:

  • Actsafe’s Event Safety Conference 2019.
  • New AEDs available in January.
  • Working in cold weather conditions.
  • Actsafe seeks new Executive Director.

Also, in this month’s edition, be in with a chance of winning one of five $10 Starbucks vouchers by completing our short Newsletter Feedback survey.

View The Actsafe Safety Scene here.

Actsafe Seeks New Executive Director

For the full opportunity description, click here.

The Executive Director is responsible for the effective administration of Actsafe Safety Association, and for achieving the goals of the mission statement and the objectives set by the Board of Directors. Appointed by the Board of Directors and reporting to the Chair, the Executive Director provides leadership in the management of Actsafe, the facilitation of stakeholder input, and directs the staff in the planning and development, administration, finance, management, and mentoring of all Actsafe activities.

Julian Manchon or Tony Kirschner
BC V7Y 1G5
Phone: (604) 688-8422

Actsafe Launches Injury Prevention Initiative

To celebrate Actsafe’s 20th year in the business of helping to keep workers safe we’ve launched a new digital safety initiative, Actsafe Injury Prevention Week (AIP Week).  Each year AIP Week will highlight preventable industry injuries within different sectors of production work. This year’s week long campaign is entitled Back Here, Safety Matters and puts a focus on the leading causes of injury in BC’s motion picture industry and its workers, working on and around trucks.

Actsafe’s inaugural AIP Week begins the week of November 5th. During campaign week, Actsafe will provide productions with additional resources, with an aim to help employers, supervisors and workers address the theme of the campaign. In addition, film studios will feature large art installations drawing attention to, and creating conversations around, the resources necessary to keep a production’s crew safe around trucks.

For further info check out our page dedicated to AIP Week here.




Actsafe’s Executive Director Steps Down

Geoff Teoli has accepted an exciting new position with the City of Vancouver so, unfortunately, this means that his last day with Actsafe will be October 5th, 2018.

Over the past five years Geoff has led Actsafe through significant innovation and growth, enhancing our organization’s delivery of services and support to the motion picture, television, performing arts and live event industries. He will leave a legacy of strong leadership, collaboration and passionate commitment to Actsafe’s health and safety mission.

We would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Actsafe Team, Board of Directors, Standing Committees and our communities at large, to thank him for his support throughout his tenure with Actsafe. Please join us in wishing Geoff tremendous success in his future endeavours.

You can find Actsafe Safety Association’s Board Chair, Nancy Harwood’s, official announcement of this news here

Safety Scene – February 2017 Edition

We’ve dedicated the February 2017 issue to the inaugural Actsafe Event Safety Conference.

Plus, in the February 2017 issue:

  • View our complete conference program
  • Complete conference schedule
  • Dancer Transition Resource Centre ‘on the MOVE’ event dates
  • Top 10 most viewed Motion Picture bulletins 2016
  • Full publication of our ‘Recommendations for Fighting Fatigue’ document

and a whole lot more!

View The Actsafe Safety Scene here!

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