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Cognitive Ergonomics: The Effect of Fatigue on Injury Risk

From grips to performers, costumers to carpenters, and everyone in between, the film industry is a demanding one, involving long hours, hard work, and erratic schedules. Fatigue is often the norm, not the exception. – Mike Harnett, President, Solaris Fatigue Management But when we talk about work-related injuries, we tend to focus only on the […]

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Not to be a Pain…

Ever had a pain in the neck? Well, ergonomics is a science that tries to design places and activities around cast and crew to reduce pains like that. It recognizes that everyone is different and because of these differences they may not relate the same way to pillows, work signage, tools, equipment, and spaces. Ergonomics […]

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Ergonomics in Dance

Ergonomics can generally be defined as the study of people in their working environment. The goal with ergonomics is to design or modify the work to fit the worker, and therefore eliminate discomfort and decrease risk of injury due to work. In the world of dance, where the work is creating art and the tool […]

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JHSC Terms of Reference

This guide and attached template are designed to offer information and guidance in developing a Rules of Procedure (Terms of Reference) document for use in Joint Health and Safety Committees (JHSC) in the motion picture, television, performing arts and live events workplaces in British Columbia.  As with any template, the information must be reviewed before […]

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The Critical Importance of Psychologically Healthy & Safe Work Environments in the Era of COVID-19

COVID-19 has had significant impacts on every facet of our lives – and while we are working hard to ensure we are engaging in distancing and cleanliness to ensure physical health and safety, how many of us are tending to the psychological health impacts of COVID-19? – Dr. Joti Samra, R. Psych, MyWorkplaceHealth Preliminary data […]

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The Critical Importance of Psychologically Healthy & Safe Work Environments in the Era of COVID-19

COVID-19 has had significant impacts on every facet of our lives – and while we are working hard to ensure we are engaging in distancing and cleanliness to ensure physical health and safety, how many of us are tending to the psychological health impacts of COVID-19? – Dr. Joti Samra, R. Psych, MyWorkplaceHealth Preliminary data […]

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The History of Actsafe Injury Prevention Week

Actsafe launched Actsafe Injury Prevention Week (AIP Week) in 2018 to spread awareness of the leading causes of injury to BC’s arts and entertainment industries’ workers and to provide shareable tips, tools, and resources to help prevent these injuries. This week-long campaign gives Actsafe an opportunity to: increase industry awareness about the highlighted health and […]

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Newsletters

Newsletters Get the benefit of being the first to know about upcoming Actsafe courses and events, as well as health & safety news in the arts & entertainment sectors in our monthly update newsletter emails. Quarterly, we send out Safety Scene, an in-depth 15+ page newsletter featuring articles on safety tips from industry subject matter experts, and […]

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What Would Don Do

Have a health and safety question that you’d like answered? Ask Don! Join Don Parman, Manager of Performing Arts and Live Events, and his co-host Will Heller, Safety Advisor for Performing Arts and Live Events, virtually to discuss any safety issues or concerns that the performing arts and live events industries are facing during these […]

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What Would Don Do?

Join Don Parman, Actsafe’s Manager of Performing Arts Programs and Services, virtually to discuss any safety issues or concerns that the performing arts and live events industries are facing during these testing times.  Have a health and safety question that you’d like answered? Ask Don! Contact Don at donparman@actsafe.ca to get signed up. Keep an eye on our social media […]

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COVID-19 Impact; Updates and Resources

Course Cancellation & Coronavirus (COVID-19)  At Actsafe, the health and safety of our course participants and the Actsafe team is of the utmost importance. As such, Actsafe has decided it best to cancel all inhouse classes scheduled up to and including April 30, 2020 to mitigate the impacts associated with the potential spread of the […]

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The Three Phases of Emergency Planning – An Article for Emergency Preparedness

Written by Anand Kanna, Manager of Motion Picture Programs and Services, Actsafe Safety Association. To get in touch with Anand; anandkanna@actsafe.ca or call 604 733 4682 Ext. 120. When was the last time you took part in a fire drill? Within the last month? Within the last year? Back in high school? Don’t laugh; I bet it’s […]

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JHSC

Here you will find resources related to the Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) department that may be helpful to you as an employer or worker in the motion picture and/or performing arts and live events industries.

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Beyond Compliance: Making the Most of Training and Orientation

Written by Robin Schooley, Industry Specialist in the Young and New Worker Program, WorkSafeBC. When the new hires arrive and it’s your job to provide orientation and training, are you prepared? What should it look like? And should you adjust it, depending on the age of your workers? First off, the fact that you’re giving serious […]

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Supergirl: Leading By Example

Written by Jennifer Lane, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Actsafe Safety Association.   The role of a Locations Manager is to source and find locations to be used in production. It is part of their role to ensure that the location is a safe environment for the crew to be in, and one they can get […]

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Visiting the Office Actsafe Safety Association is committed to providing a safe environment for our employees, members, and visitors at our office. The office is currently open for classes and for visitors by appointment.Actsafe is a mask-friendly environment. Please respect everyone’s decision about wearing masks.If you plan to visit us, please find our communicable disease […]

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Partners

Actsafe Safety Association is grateful to our amazing partners who have joined hands with Actsafe to raise awareness regarding health and safety in the arts and entertainment industry and to develop in collaboration with us various resources/training/ services. The support and collaboration from our partners allow us the ability to do what we do best […]

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Safety Scene – February 2019 Edition

In the February 2019 issue: Actsafe Appoints New Executive Director. New Naloxone Training Launched. Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) Fundamentals Update. Motion Picture Safety Awareness Workshop Outreach. Also, in this month’s edition, be in with a chance of winning a pass to the Actsafe Event Safety Conference 2019! View The Actsafe Safety Scene here.

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Actsafe’s Executive Director Steps Down

Geoff Teoli has accepted an exciting new position with the City of Vancouver so, unfortunately, this means that his last day with Actsafe will be October 5th, 2018. Over the past five years Geoff has led Actsafe through significant innovation and growth, enhancing our organization’s delivery of services and support to the motion picture, television, performing […]

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Dancer Nutrition Info Sheet

The benefits of good nutrition are numerous, and even more so for dancers. This information booklet answers questions such as; how can I sustain my energy longer? How can I improve my recovery with nutrition? How can I prevent muscle soreness? And includes guidance and nutritious recipes.

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Production Resources

Starting a production in British Columbia? We’ve curated a selection of important literature and resources to help provide an understanding of requirements for any new productions to create a safe and healthy workplace for your workers. Why not contact our Motion Picture Industry Advisor Anand Kanna (by email or phone 604 733 4682 Ext. 120.) […]

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General Health and Safety Motion Picture Safety Primer

Click here for General health and safety primer PDF This primer describes basic workplace health and safety information for employers and workers, such as reporting injuries; risk assessments; refusing unsafe work; OHS programs; Joint Health and Safety Committees; working alone; respirator fit testing; young and new workers and hearing testing.

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Fishbones Fact Sheet

To read the full document, and to print, click here (390 KB). In the Motion Picture industry, electrical ladders or cable hangers, also known as “fishbones”, are sometimes used to suspend or organize electrical cables. Fishbones are generally constructed out of plywood. A plastic commercial model is also available. Fishbones should be understood to be a […]

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#10 Artificial Smokes and Fogs Motion Picture Safety Bulletin

These guidelines are recommendations to either eliminate or reduce worker exposure to inhalation hazards created by chemicals generated when using artificial smoke or fog (theatrical haze, fogs, mists, etc.). Artificial smoke or fog is commonly generated using a fog or haze machine, which releases a chemical solution as an airborne aerosol to create various effects […]

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Carbon Monoxide Exposure During Film Shoots

This bulletin discusses the hazards of carbon monoxide exposure during film shoots and how to manage the risks. It outlines what employers must do in planning shoots and training workers and supervisors, as well as maintaining equipment, conducting assessments, and implementing controls. It also outlines the need to coordinate work activities and support the joint […]

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