Actsafe’s December Updates

2019 is coming to a close and what a year it has been, and November was no exception. Preparation for the Actsafe Entertainment Safety Conference has well and truly begun. Have you purchased your ticket? You will also find details about the inaugural Actsafe Safety in Entertainment Awards, information on working in winter weather conditions, our upcoming courses and more.

Have a very happy, healthy, and safe holiday season and we will see you in the new year with the next edition of Safety Scene.

The Actsafe Team

Actsafe Safety in Entertainment Awards

Actsafe is happy to announce that we are launching the inaugural Actsafe Safety in Entertainment Awards. 

The six awards will recognize individuals and organizations who were ambassadors and pioneers for safety in 2019 in the arts and entertainment industries. We are calling on you to nominate co-workers, organizations, and individuals that you feel prioritized safety within the industries that Actsafe supports.

Closing date for nominations is February 14, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact our Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Jennifer, at

More Information

 Actsafe Entertainment Safety Conference 2020

Session Proposals

Actsafe is seeking diverse, interactive, and engaging proposals for 90-minute presentations, panel discussions, interactive/hands-on workshops or demonstrations for the Actsafe Entertainment Safety Conference at the
River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, BC, March 5–7, 2020. 

Deadline for submissions is Friday, December 20.

Two Confirmed Sessions:

  1. Safety Talks 101: A hands-on participatory workshop that will help you break the ice with engaging and timely safety meetings and toolbox talks. Presented by Don Parman, Manager of Performing Arts Programs and Services, Actsafe Safety Association.

  2. Knotty By Nature: In this hands-on workshop, attendees will learn how to tie several different knots that are especially useful, whether for theatre, film, or everyday life. Tom will also be presenting more involved techniques such as lashing, splicing, seizing, etc. Presented by Tom Heemskerk, Head Stage Carpenter / Assistant Technical Director, IATSE Local 168 / Royal & McPherson Theatres Society.

Exhibitor Opportunities:

Showcase your products and services to 300+ delegates from BC’s arts and entertainment industries!

Here’s a look at the exhibitors who have signed up so far:

Early Bird tickets are on sale now!

Do you still have some professional development budget remaining for 2019? Come join us at the conference to expand your knowledge of health and safety in the arts and entertainment industries.

Looking for even more professional development? Eric Stuart is back for a third year to present his ever-popular Crowd Safety Workshop, also taking place outside of conference dates.

FREE industry training course is also included with your full conference pass, but book early as space is very limited!

Early Bird tickets are on sale until January 31, 2020!

Working in Wet or Cold Weather

As we move into the coldest season, you must prepare all your workers for working in these conditions. See our toolbox talk on this subject to refresh workers’ knowledge on how to keep safe when working in winter conditions.

WorkSafeBC Shift Into Winter

Don’t wait until it’s too late! Get those winter tires on before the inclement weather hits. Want to learn more about proper winter tires, click here.

Sustainable Production Forum

In November, we sponsored and attended Creative BC’s Sustainable Production Forum. It gave us an insight into the sustainability issues that productions encounter in the motion picture industry and some of the changes that have been happening to reduce our carbon footprint.

See our team’s corporate social responsibility goals below.

Upcoming Courses: DECEMBER

Reel Green Carbon Literacy Course

Joint Health and Safety Committee Fundamentals Training

Motion Picture Safety for Supervisors

Motion Picture Industry Orientation

Our Growth Throughout October

People were trained through Actsafe courses

New STAR (Safety Training And Records) System registrations

Website users

New subscribers to our industry newsletter and updates

Actsafe Christmas Card 2019Wishing You & Your Family a very Happy, Healthy, and Safe Holiday Season

The Actsafe office will be closed from Monday, December 23 and will reopen on Monday, January 6 at 9am.

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

Need health and safety advice? Connect with our Safety Team.

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



Will Heller, Industry Safety Advisor, Performing Arts
Direct: 604.733.4682




Anand Kanna, Manager, Motion Picture Programs and Services
Direct: 604.495.0028
Cell: 604.418.3000



Stephanie Lawrence, Industry Safety Advisor, Motion Picture
Direct: 604.733.4682