Monthly Updates

May 2021

We have lots to update you on in May’s monthly updates after a very busy April.  

Since the success of What Would Don Do? for the performing arts and live events industry, we’re now launching Ask Anand, a weekly virtual platform for the motion picture and television industry to discuss various health and safety topics. Make sure to register for the first episode on Monday evening, May 3rd!  

Below you will also find information about Actsafe’s partnership with Lankey & Limey Ltd. to deliver a COVID-19 mental health course, a study on artificial fog, a WorkSafeBC COVID-19 update, our virtual course dates, and more.  

As always, please connect with one of our safety advisors for health and safety advice and resources. 

Stay safe,
The Actsafe Team


Upcoming Episodes of Ask Anand

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Have you got questions about health and safety in the motion picture industry?

Come and join Anand Kanna, Actsafe’s Manager of Motion Picture Services, virtually to discuss various health and safety topics and how to break through the challenges we’re facing as an industry.

Upcoming episodes:

May 3, 6.30–8.00 pm Introduction to Actsafe
May 10
, 6.30–8.00 pm Ergonomics in the Motion Picture Industry 
May 17, time TBD What is an OHS Program and do I need one?
May 21, time TBD ActONE & ActTWO Program Overview

To be notified of upcoming dates, times, and newly announced topics, subscribe to our Ask Anand mailing list.

New COVID-19 Study

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Artificial fog is used in the film, television, and live entertainment industries to enhance lighting, as a visual effect, and to create a specific sense of mood or atmosphere. This study, carried out by Matthew Loss, Mark Katchen, Ilan Arvelo, Phil Arnold, and Mona Shum, investigated whether the suspension time of respiratory aerosols spiked with tagged DNA tracers would change in the presence of glycerin- or glycol-containing artificial fogs.

Mental Health for the Entertainment Industry Workshop

The pandemic continues to have a profound effect on our community. It is clear that the impacts on our mental health and sense of psychological safety are a significant part of the experience. 

Actsafe is partnering with Lankey & Limey Ltd. to deliver the free workshop ‘In the Era of COVID – Mental Health for the Entertainment Industry.  

Upcoming dates are May 12 and June 1. 

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WorkSafebc Update

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On April 8th, the provincial health officer (PHO) announced an order delegating specific powers of the Public Health Act to WorkSafeBC prevention officers. The powers delegated to their prevention officers are limited to serving a closure order on a business with a known COVID-19 outbreak. The closure order will be in effect for a period of 10 days or more, as prescribed by the health authority’s medical health officer on a case-by-case basis and served when directed to do so by a provincial medical health officer.

Upcoming Course Dates

Mental Health First Aid Virtual Training Course

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The AFC is delivering mental health first aid training virtually in June and July. The cost to participate in the course is $200 per participant. 

During the course, the participants will learn how to: 

  • Recognize signs that a person may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis.
  • Find and reach out to professional and other supports that could help with recovery to improved mental well-being.
  • Assist in a mental health or substance use crisis.
  • Use mental health first aid actions to maintain one’s own mental well-being. 

Day of Mourning

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Every year, on April 28, workers, families, employers, and others come together at events held around the province to remember those who have lost their lives on the job, and to renew our commitment to creating safer workplaces. We at Actsafe pledge to strive harder to help prevent workplace injuries and fatalities in B.C’s arts and entertainment industries.

On Wednesday, April 28 at 10.30 am, the Actsafe team encourages you to join us for a moment of silence for the 151 B.C. workers who died from a workplace injury or disease last year.

Visit the Day of Mourning website to learn more about your local online ceremony.

Victoria Day

Wishing you a happy and healthy Victoria Day! 

The Actsafe team will be offline on Monday, May 24 and will return online on Tuesday, May 25.

In case of a workplace emergency, please contact WorkSafeBC.

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Advertising Opportunity

Actsafe is supporting BIPOC TV and Film by donating 100% of the revenue generated from advertisements in 2021’s quarterly Safety Scene newsletters to this incredible association.

Need Health & Safety Advice?

Connect With Our Safety Team Here.

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

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Natalli Dias
Safety Advisor
Motion Picture
Direct: 604.733.4682
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Don Parman
Performing Arts Programs and Services
Direct: 604.495.0034
Cell: 604.838.0290

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Will Heller
Safety Advisor
Performing Arts
Direct: 604.733.4682