Actsafe's Monthly Updates: May
We at Actsafe Safety Association hope that you are safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are doing our part in mitigating the exposure and spread of the virus to the Actsafe team and community and therefore our office is currently closed until further notice. We are still here to help so please reach out to us by phone, email, or LiveChat on our website if you have any safety issues or concerns.
In this month’s updates, you will find information about resources that could assist you during these times, opportunities to upskill, and you are invited to a virtual safety chat with Actsafe’s Manager of Performing Arts Programs and Services.
The Actsafe Team
In the midst of COVID-19, Actsafe has curated a selection of resources we believe to be of value to the arts and entertainment industries. As your occupational health and safety association, we endeavour to continue to share articles and knowledge in the hope of keeping you, our stakeholders, informed.
What Would Don Do?
Don Parman, Actsafe’s Manager of Performing Arts Programs and Services, is holding free virtual safety chats to give the performing arts and live event industries an opportunity to come together and discuss any safety concerns or issues that they are facing during these testing times.
Have a health and safety question that you’d like answered? Ask Don!
The current situation affects people in many different ways but one thing is for sure, everyone needs to be mindful of their mental health. One way of doing this is to keep your brain active and you can do this by using this time as an opportunity to upskill through online learning.
Actsafe has a number of online courses on our website that you can do from your own home, including Actsafe’s FREE Motion Picture Safety 101- General Safety Awareness, WHMIS, and TDG. All Leavitt Machinery courses are still up and running with a set protocol to prevent/mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Revised Workers Compensation Act
The revised Workers Compensation Act took effect on April 6th, 2020. The revisions are intended to make the Act easier to read and understand, and will not change its legal effect. However, there will still be some changes involved. For more details on the changes, the provincial government has made the following resources available on their Revision of the Workers Compensation Act webpage.
There are references to the Act in Actsafe Safety Association’s materials and resources which will be revised to reflect these updates. Please bear with us during this transition.
Ergonomics Info Sheet
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many of us to work from home, which can result in us not moving and stretching enough, even if we have a sit/stand workstation. Actsafe has created an info sheet on ‘Ergonomic Tips for Working From Home‘ to help minimize and prevent ergonomic hazards such as improper body positions and repetitive motion.
NAOSH Week 2020
May 3-9, 2020 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.
Click here for further information.
Threads of Life is a national charity who brings hope and healing to Canadian families who have been affected by a workplace fatality, life-altering injury, or occupational disease. Their annual community walk ‘Steps for Life-Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy’ is not possible this year. Instead, they are asking you to get involved virtually by sharing the different ways you’re showing your support for Threads of Life families.
Actsafe is supporting Threads of Life by donating all revenue generated from the advertisements in 2020’s quarterly newsletters to this association. If you would like to contribute an advertisement for Safety Scene, find out more here: actsafe.ca/quarterly-newsletter-advertising-opportunities/
Day of Mourning
Tuesday, April 28th marks the Day of Mourning 2020. Last year, 140 B.C. workers died from a workplace injury or disease. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this day takes on extra meaning as we express our gratitude to the healthcare workers on the front lines, grocery, transport, service staff, and all the other essential personnel helping to keep communities running.
We at Actsafe pledge to strive harder to help prevent workplace injuries and fatalities in B.C’s arts and entertainment industries.
More information can be found here.