Monthly Updates

September 2021

September is finally here, which means that the arts and entertainment industries can get together for Actsafe Injury Prevention Week!

This year’s AIP Week is going to be bigger and better than ever with our Safety Café visiting locations around the lower mainland. Why not plan to join us for coffee, cookies, and conversations around respectful workplaces? Also, register for our webinars, workshops, and courses that you can avail of for free, thanks to our knowledge partners Work Wellness Institute and Cultural Human Resources Council, and our supporters WorkSafeBC

There are many other updates in this newsletter, including a new concussion resource, amendments to occupational health and safety regulation, an ASL-interpreted MPIO course, and our upcoming course dates.

In other exciting news, as of September 7th, the Actsafe office will be reopening on a team rotation basis. We ask that you book an appointment to visit us, wear a mask, complete our health declaration form, and do not visit if you have any COVID-19 symptoms. You can learn more about how to contact us here.

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

Stay safe,  
The Actsafe Team


AIP Week in September

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Actsafe Injury Prevention Week is coming up this month, September 20th – 24th, and there are so many exciting things happening!

Safety Café

After a brief hiatus in 2020, the Actsafe Safety Café is hitting the road again this month for coffee, cookies, and conversations about respectful workplaces.

Plan to join us at one of our locations:

  • Monday, Sept. 20 – Vancouver Film Studios
  • Tuesday, Sept. 21 – North Shore Studios
  • Wednesday, Sept. 22 – Granville Island
  • Thursday, Sept. 23 – Martini Film Studios
  • Friday, Sept. 43 – Bridge Studios
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AIP Week – Webinars, Workshops, and Courses

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This AIP Week we are bringing some free webinars, workshops, and courses about respectful workplaces your way!


September 22, 10am–11.30am
What Would Don Do? Live from Granville Island
with Don Parman, Will Heller, and Grégoire Gagnon

September 23, 3pm–4pm
What is the connection between inclusive and psychologically safe workplaces and respectful workplaces
with Alden E. Habacon

September 24, 9am–1pm
Respectful Workplaces in the Arts 
with Grégoire Gagnon, Cultural Human Resources Council

Available until September 30
Understanding Conflict in the Workplace
Work Wellness Institute

Available until September 30
Improving Communication in the Workplace
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There will also be opportunities to win prizes for you and your team throughout September, so keep an eye on our social media platforms and our website!

B.C. Mask Mandate in Effect

As of August 25th, 2021, BC has reintroduced a mask mandate for public indoor spaces across the province. Indoor spaces include grocery stores, city halls, restaurants, pubs and bars, public transit, taxis or office buildings where public services are provided.

Anyone visiting the Actsafe office with an appointment or attending an in-person class must wear a mask at all times. We also require all class participants to submit a health declaration form prior to attending the class (please see your course reminder email). Please do not visit the Actsafe office if you are sick or have any COVID-19 symptoms.

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Motion Picture Industry Orientation Course

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If you or someone you know is looking to join the motion picture industry but requires ASL-interpreted training, then Actsafe has just the workshop for you!

On September 18–19, Actsafe’s Motion Picture Industry Orientation workshop will be ASL-interpreted. Delivered virtually across two half days, this instructor-led workshop covers various motion picture industry topics including the structure of the BC film industry, stages of production, industry jobs, set terminology, set etiquette, basic safety and communication skills.

Occupational First Aid – Level One Course

Basic first aid can mean the difference between life and death. A 2019 Red Cross survey showed a staggering 59% of deaths from injuries would have been preventable had first aid been given before the emergency services arrived.

Actsafe is now holding in-person Occupational First Aid – Level One classes, so be sure to register today for one of our September dates – September 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th.

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Upcoming Course Dates

September 21, 28

*In-person courses are delivered with limited capacity.

WorkSafeBC Regulation Update

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WorkSafeBC is implementing long-awaited updates to two regulations on September 1st. We’re preparing a comparison document that will give you an idea of what’s different and how the changes affect the motion picture and performing arts industries.

Follow us on our social media platforms to be the first to know when it’s available: FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.


With the re-introduction of the mask mandate in BC, it is more important than ever for arts and culture workplaces to have a strong understanding of COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

BSAFE, licensed from go2HR, is comprised of five modules that cover a variety of topics to give you a foundational understanding of COVID-19 health and safety protocols as well as tips on handling non-compliance.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants are awarded a certificate that demonstrates their knowledge of and commitment to COVID-19 health and safety.

When registering, make sure to scroll down and select if you are coming from Creative BC, Music BC, or the arts and culture sector.

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Concussion Resource Package

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A new concussion resource has been developed by Dr. Shelina Babul, Associate Director/Sports Injury Specialist with the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, BC Children’s Hospital.

This concussion resource package is specifically designed and intended for workers in the Motion Picture, Film, and Live Performance industry, including First Aid Attendants, Supervisors, Department Heads, Production Teams, Stunt Coordinators, Dance Choreographers, Performers, and all other industry workers. This package aims to standard concussion recognition and management in performance-based industries to decrease the risk of brain damage and potentially reduce long-term health issues associated with concussions.

AESC 2022 Call for Sessions and Speakers

Do you have a great idea for a presentation, panel discussion, or interactive demo?

Actsafe is seeking diverse, interactive, and engaging proposals for 90-minute presentations and panel discussions, for the Actsafe Entertainment Safety Conference, February 25 – 26, 2022!

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If you have any questions, please email

Motion Picture Safety 101

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Motion Picture Safety 101 – General Safety Awareness is Actsafe’s free online workshop designed specifically for the motion picture and television industry and will be mandatory for all individuals working in the industry by 2024.

This course is a fun and interactive way to learn about the different safety hazards that exist within the industry. Whether you are refreshing your knowledge, or just starting out in the industry, this course is great for veterans and beginners alike.

Re-thinking Fatique and Driving Webinar

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Driving while fatigued is a form of impairment that can lead to vehicle crashes.

Join WorkSafeBC Human Factor Specialist Heather Kahle at Road Safety at Work’s September 16th webinar to learn about the factors that contribute to drowsiness and how fatigue can increase risk when your employees drive or do other tasks. You’ll also learn a new approach to conduct a fatigue risk assessment and effectively manage the risk.

Happy Labour Day

Wishing you a happy and healthy Labour Day weekend! 

The Actsafe team will be offline on Monday, September 6th and will return online on Tuesday, September 7th. 

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