November has been a busy month for the Actsafe team with the release of updated Provincial Health Orders filling our inboxes with questions from our industries. We thank everyone for their patience during this time as we navigate through the PHO information to find the best answers for you. 

In this Monthly Updates, you will find information on a BCIT OH&S student program, an article on a sound technician’s experience working with hearing loss, a course update, and the new Actsafe Gives Back giveaway! 

Looking forward to 2021, the Actsafe Entertainment Safety Conference planning is underway. Be sure to check out our Sponsorship Package to see how your organization can increase their recognition in the arts and entertainment industries. 

We will see you next month to give you our final updates for 2020!

Stay safe,

The Actsafe Team

The Actsafe Entertainment Safety Conference is back in 2021 and this time we are going virtual!

Would you like to present a session?

Have you an interesting session idea that you’d like to present? Actsafe is seeking diverse, interactive, and engaging proposals for 90-minute presentations and panel discussions.

The session proposal deadline is this Friday, November 27 so submit your session proposal here today! 

Would you like to sponsor?

Increase your brand recognition within the arts and entertainment industries and the health and safety community! 

Our Sponsorship Package is now available to view and highlights how our virtual platform Remo gives your organization great exposure and even the opportunity to meet our attendees on the virtual tradeshow floor!

If you would like to sponsor and support the conference this year, please reach out to Actsafe’s Marketing and Communications Specialist, Jennifer, at jenniferlane@actsafe.ca.  

More information coming soon so be sure to subscribe to our AESC mailing list for updates here.

Provincial Health Orders

On November 19, the PHO suspended all events and community-based gatherings as defined in the November 10 Order. Actsafe’s Manager of Performing Arts Programs and Services, Don Parman, has made notes about this update which you can read here: actsafe.ca/actsafes-notes-on-the-latest-pho/  

We continue to monitor the information coming from the province and the PHO. If you have any questions, please email Don Parman and Will Heller at performingartssafety@actsafe.ca and they will attempt to answer them. 

Actsafe Office Temporarily Closes

In light of recent PHO Orders and the increase in COVID-19 cases, the Actsafe office is closed and the team is working remotely. If you would like to connect with the team or visit the office, please reach out via phone, LiveChat, or email. 

We have suspended all in-house classes but continue to train our members virtually. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for course announcements.  

Actsafe Gives Back

2020 has been a challenging year for the arts and entertainment industries due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Actsafe wants to give back.  

We are giving away free Actsafe course packages to deserving members of our industries that are nominated by you!  

There will be four course packages to choose from: 

  1. Get into Motion Picture 

  1. Security 

  1. Grip/Electric/Set Dec 

  1. Refresher 

Nominations will be open from December 1 and more information will be released on our social media pages next week so keep an eye out for that.

MPGSA101 Update

On December 14, Actsafe’s online Motion Picture Safety 101 – General Safety Awareness course will be automatically updated. 

If you are in the process of completing this course and you have not completed the course by then, the course will reset itself with the updated version and you will lose all progress.

To avoid losing all progress to date, please complete the course BEFORE December 14, 2020.

If you have any questions, please email info@actsafe.ca. 

COVID-19 Support Program

Did you know that Iridia Medical 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? 

Actsafe is partnering with Iridia Medical to bring their COVID-19 Support Program to Actsafe’s members at a special discounted rate. 

The four services available are: 

  • Onsite Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing 

  • COVID–19 Compliance Officer Mentorship 

  • Onsite Iridia COVID–19 Compliance Officer 

  • Iridia’s Advisory Services 

 To find out more, visit actsafe.ca

BCIT's OH&S Program Review Project

As part of their graduation requirement, OHS students have to conduct a full Safety Program Review (SPR) for a work site from January-May. As part of this review, students look at seven or more safety program elements (most of which are required under the OHS legislation) and conduct a thorough assessment on how well those elements are developed for the worksite. 

Ideally, the project site should have: 

  • 50-100 workers. If a project site is not that big, students can include 1-2 project sites plus the main head office in their assessment to meet these numbers.  

  • of the total workers, 20-30 workers/supervisors available for scheduled interviews (5 –10 minute interviews)- can be done virtually if needed 

  • would also need workers to complete a simple yes/no questionnaire about their OHS program (~2 minutes each)- can also be done virtually if needed 

For more information about this program, contact Gurleen Bhatia at gbhatia1@bcit.ca.  

Working Alone App

Do you have staff who work alone and you’re concerned for their safety while out on the job? Maybe they’re working in isolation at night? Or, do you have workers performing jobs in potentially dangerous situations?

Actsafe has partnered with SafetyLine Lone Worker, an affordable and automated worker monitoring tool to protect your team members who are working alone, isolation or in potentially dangerous situations and SafetyLine is offering 50% off of its service to Actsafe members.

Hearing Loss in Live Events Industry

An opinion column written by Swann Barrat, a professional sound technician in Vancouver, was published by CBC News on November 24. Swann details what it is like working with hearing loss in the live events industry and the stigma around it.

Safety Scene Advertising Opportunities

The next edition of Safety Scene is your final opportunity to support our 2020 chosen charity Threads of Life by submitting an advertisement to our newsletter. 100% of all ad revenue is donated to this incredible organization.  

Prices

1/4 Page $210  

1/3 Page $320  

1/2 Page $425  

Full Page $520 

Reach out to Actsafe’s Marketing and Communications Specialist, Jennifer, at jenniferlane@actsafe.ca for more details before December 1. 

The Actsafe team will be offline for the holidays from December 23, 2020 until January 4, 2021. 

In case of any urgent issues during this time, please reach out to the Safety Team (see below).

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