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New Actsafe Gives Back Initiative is Launched!

CALLING ALL MOTION PICTURE AND PERFORMING ARTS INDUSTRY WORKERS Know someone that’s been struggling this year? Has work dried up due to COVID-19? Need help with upgrading your safety training? Actsafe has an opportunity for you.  We’re launching Actsafe Gives Back, a program that will allow disadvantaged workers from the arts and entertainment industries access to safety training they might not be […]

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Actsafe Gives Back

We want to thank everyone who nominated themselves or others for one of our Actsafe Gives Back safety training packages. We had an overwhelming response which, with a limited budget, made for a very difficult decision-making process. The winners were announced in our monthly update email in January 2021.  Please watch this space for Actsafe’s next offering. ______ Actsafe Gives […]

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Actsafe’s Notes on the latest Provincial Health Order

November 23, 2020 Thank you all for your patience. It’s been a busy few days since the province has issued its latest restrictions on social gatherings and the Actsafe team has been working hard to get up to speed. Below is updated guidance based on the most recent provincial and regional guidelines.  Live Streaming Productions can continue if:  No audience, patrons, or guests – a closed worksite.  Only […]

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Return To Operations – Safety Plans

Before returning to operations, employers must have a safety plan in place to deal specifically with the COVID-19 hazard in their workplaces. Does your plan make sense? Actsafe’s Safety Team can review your safety plan before you head back to production. Upload your plan and we’ll endeavour to provide feedback within 72 hours. Quick links to […]

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WorkSafeBC COVID-19 Resources

Below you will find a list of WorkSafeBC resources to guide employers through occupational health and safety during the current pandemic and to ensure that appropriate protocols are in place to protect workers from the risk of transmission. WorkSafeBC Resource Date Maintaining COVID-19 Safety Plans November 11th, 2020 Maintaining COVID-19 Plans Actsafe Letter November 11th, […]

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Important Course Information

On this page you will find information on the following;  Cancellation Policy  Union Training Requirements  Group Training COVID-19 protocols when visiting the Actsafe office The Actsafe office is wheelchair accessible. Call anytime for additional information, 604 733 4682.  CANCELLATION POLICY FOR LEAVITT MACHINERY COURSES: If you are unable to attend any Leavitt Machinery courses below, you […]

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Rosa Survey of Workplace Sexual Harassment

Rosa is Canada’s first national digital platform centralizing the laws around sexual harassment; breaking down information about; what to expect if you report, how to protect yourself and how to prepare. Rosa is there to help you navigate how legal systems work and where to find help. Rosa empowers you to stay safe, healthy and […]

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Understanding Ergonomics Helps Protect Workers from Sprains and Strains

Everything we do – be it building a set, filming, or unloading a truck – takes place in a system that includes the physical and organizational environment and the equipment and tools to perform the task. Ergonomics is the study of how people interact within all these system elements with the goal of optimizing well-being […]

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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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Actsafe’s COVID-19 Safety Procedures Course

This COVID-19 safety course provides a general overview for workers in British Columbia’s arts and entertainment production industries on how to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 on their worksites. Our website is being updated regularly with COVID-19 resources and information including motion picture specific guidelines, return to work information, and COVID-19 posters such as […]

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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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Systems Ergonomics – Beyond Physical Factors

To better understand ergonomics as a systems science let us start by understanding an example. – Manu Nellutla, CCPE, CPHSA. Executive Director, Actsafe Safety Association A computer programmer has been complaining about back pain to his supervisor. His supervisor researches and gets the programmer an ‘ergonomic’ chair. After a few weeks of use, the programmer […]

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Safety Scene Newsletter – Fall 2020: Ergonomics

This quarter’s theme is Ergonomics Ergonomics looks at designing a job to fit the worker to make the work safer and help the worker perform the job well. Ergonomics is often spoken about in relation to body aches and pains from sitting, however, it is much bigger than this. We must also look at other factors […]

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Join our mailing list and you’ll be kept up-to-date on industry news and information.  We’ll notify you of; important upcoming events (including our popular Entertainment Safety Conference and our annual Injury Prevention Week), Industry hazard alerts,  monthly updates focused on health and safety news in the arts and entertainment sectors, our very own quarterly Safety Scene newsletter […]

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Monthly Updates, September 2020

Virtual Actsafe Injury Prevention Week Is Almost Here There is less than one month to go until the third annual Actsafe Injury Prevention Week and this year’s theme is ‘MIND Your Health: Mental Health Awareness’. From September 21-25, Actsafe and a host of mental health experts will be holding two free webinars daily to try […]

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Injury Prevention Week Schedule

The theme for Actsafe’s 2021 Injury Prevention week is ‘Respectful Workplaces’. Please save-the-date, September 20–24, and join us then. Below was our 2020 schedule so you can see our informative range of topics and selection of speakers. We’ll update our 2021 scheduling closer to the time. Monday Sept 21 Tuesday Sept 22 Wednesday Sept 23 […]

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COVID-19 Support Program

Actsafe is partnering with Iridia Medical to bring their COVID-19 Support Program to Actsafe’s members at a special discounted rate.   Iridia 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.   Iridia is continually updating our program […]

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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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Motion Picture Industry COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

The Province of BC has announced we are in Phase 3, and welcomes all production activity to restart or begin.  BC’s motion picture safety guidance for return to production is now available on our here Motion Picture Industry COVID-19 Safety Guidelines. Collaboratively developed by industry for industry to ensure a safe return to operations during […]

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Embracing “No” – The Next Consent Conversation

-The following article was contributed by Megan Gilron (she|they) for Actsafe’s summer edition of Safety Scene, the theme of which is mental health. The job of supporting performers and crew within and around scenes of intimacy has been practised in one form or another for years, but the role of Intimacy Coordinator (Film/TV) and Intimacy […]

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Return To Operations – Submission Forms

Safety Plan Submissions Before returning to operations, employers must have a safety plan in place to deal specifically with the COVID-19 hazard in their workplaces. Does your plan make sense?  Upload your plan and one of Actsafe’s safety advisors will endeavour to provide feedback within 72 hours. Submit either your Motion Picture or Performing Arts […]

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Performing Arts and Live Events Return to Operations Submission Form

Before returning to operations, employers must have a safety plan in place to deal specifically with the COVID-19 hazard in their workplaces. Does your plan make sense? Actsafe’s safety advisors can review your safety plan before you head back to production. Fill in and submit your plan below and we will endeavour to provide feedback […]

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Motion Picture Return to Operations Submission Form

Before returning to operations, employers must have a safety plan in place to deal specifically with the COVID-19 hazard in their workplaces. Does your plan make sense? Actsafe’s safety advisors can review your safety plan before you head back to production. Fill in and submit your plan below and we will endeavour to provide feedback […]

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Monthly Updates, June 2020

Actsafe has created a relaunch framework for the performing arts industry. This framework is developed to specifically address the risks associated with COVID-19. It is designed to help organizations complete the COVID-19 Safety Plan as required by WorkSafeBC and address public health orders. Please feel free to share this framework with your community. COVID-19 Best […]

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Identifying the ‘invisible injury’: What happens when concussion concerns enter the spotlight

Whether it’s on a movie set, backstage, off-camera, or during rehearsal, a concussion-causing event can occur. Due to the complex, high-pressure work environments of the motion picture, television, live event and performing arts industries, workers face situations every day that put them at risk for sustaining this traumatic brain injury. – Shelina Babul, PhD, Clinical […]

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