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Reporting Incidents to WorkSafeBC

As an employer, you are responsible for immediately notifying us when certain workplace incidents occur.  Incidents such as when a worker is seriously injured or killed on the job, a building collapses, or there is a major release of a hazardous substance. Incidents requiring immediate notification When there is an incident Immediate notification ensures quick […]

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There’s Been An Incident, Now What?

This page is a curated list of resources to help you with incident investigations, reporting and returning to work. Employers are responsible for investigating certain incidents or near misses that take place in the workplace and submitting an investigation report to WorkSafeBC. These investigations help employers and WorkSafeBC determine why an incident happened and what […]

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Concussions Motion Picture Fact Sheet

To read the full document, and to print, click here (127 KB). Recognition A concussion is a common form of brain injury. Concussions most often occur without a loss of consciousness. However, a concussion may involve loss of consciousness. A concussion is generally the result of a blow to the head, face or jaw, or […]

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BC Motion Picture Industry COVID-19 Pandemic Production Guide

The working groups formed by B.C’s Motion Picture Best Practices Coalition have completed the B.C. Motion Picture Industry COVID-19 Pandemic Production Guide.  Developed by employers and workers in B.C.’s motion picture production industry, this comprehensive guide will provide the industry with department and work area specific information on best practices in returning to operations safely. This […]

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Monthly Updates, August 2020

We’re excited to announce that Actsafe Injury Prevention (AIP) Week will be coming to you virtually September 21-25!  This year’s theme is MIND Your Health: Mental Health Awareness and throughout this week we will be sharing mental health information and resources and we will also be having experts host webinars to help reduce the stigma around mental health.   #AIPWeek2020  Save the date and […]

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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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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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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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Beating the Odds

On Feb 9th, 2019 while skiing, I suffered a concussion. I have no memory of the fall that day and ‘lost’ 30-40 minutes in total. As I know the correct concussion protocol, I visited an emergency room later that day where the medical team carried out a CT scan, an x-ray, blood work, and an […]

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COVID-19 Resources for the Arts and Entertainment Industries

In the midst of COVID-19 we’ve curated a selection of resources we believe to be of value to our industries. As your occupational health and safety association we endeavour to continue to share articles and knowledge in the hope of keeping our stakeholders informed. To be notified in real-time of Actsafe COVID-19 updates to protocols […]

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Announcing Actsafe’s New Safety in Entertainment Awards

Actsafe is happy to announce that we are launching the inaugural Actsafe Safety in Entertainment Awards. The six awards will recognize individuals and organizations who were ambassadors and pioneers for safety in 2019 in the arts and entertainment industries. We are calling on you to nominate co-workers, organizations, and individuals that you feel prioritized safety […]

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But We’ve Already Had One Orientation; Do We Need Another?

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. Most employers in motion picture and television realize the importance and the need for delivering an orientation to their workers. And for the most part, employers and supervisors are […]

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Aspiring Filmmaker Award

Actsafe Aspiring Filmmaker Award 2020 Returning for its third year, Actsafe’s Aspiring Filmmaker Award gives aspiring filmmakers a unique opportunity to get a kickstart on their careers in B.C.’s motion picture production industry. The award gives one filmmaking team exposure for their project, the opportunity to have lunch with a prominent Canadian filmmaker, a behind […]

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Propane Guidelines Motion Picture Fact Sheet

To read the full document, and to print, click here (208 KB). As many members of the industry are aware, the BC Film Industry experienced two serious issues with propane and propane fired heaters in the fall of 2010. Workers experienced near misses and serious injuries as a result of these incidents. What many industry […]

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First Aid Forms and Records FAQs

What first aid forms do we need on site? Generally, Form 7 (PDF 81 KB) – Employer’s Report of Injury or Occupational Disease, Occupational First Aid Patient Assessment chart (PDF 41 KB), and First Aid Record (PDF 19 KB) are required on site. Copies of these forms can be printed directly from the above links. […]

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Occupational First Aid – Level One

This full day course packs in life-saving information including CPR, crisis management, wound care and more and provides a WorkSafeBC OFA certificate.

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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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Breathe Safer: How to Use Respirators Safely and Start a Respirator Program

This WorkSafeBC manual was developed for employers, supervisors, and workers. Topics discussed: different of breathing hazards different types of respirators how to choose, fit, and care for a respirator the essentials of a respirator program To read the full document on WorkSafeBC’s website, and to print, click here (3.41 MB).

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Back Talk – an Owner’s Manual for Backs

This WorkSafeBC Back Talk manual will help you understand your back. It will show you how to take care of yourself when you experience episodes of back pain. The illustrations, and clarification to the exercises provided will: help explain how your back works provide tips to avoid injury show you how to take care of […]

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Sound Advice: A Guide to Hearing Loss Prevention Programs

This WorkSafeBC guide explains the requirements of a hearing conservation program. For general information on implementing a hearing conservation program, click the image or link below. To read the full document on WorkSafeBC’s website, and to print, click here (683 kB).

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Ergonomics Commentary – Back Belts

This WorkSafeBC ergonomics commentary discusses back belts, specifically how they cannot be used as personal protective equipment. The commentary advises users that back belts may not prevent injuries at work, and may increase the risk of injuries. To read the full document on WorkSafeBC’s website, and to print, click here (96 kB).

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Application for Extended Coverage in the Motion Picture and Television Industry (Form 1800MPEX)

This WorkSafeBC form (the 1800MPEX form) is for movie production companies that are wanting to apply for extended coverage in the motion picture and television industries. To read the full document on WorkSafeBC’s website, and to print, click here (112 kB).

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An Introduction to Personal Fall Protection Equipment

This WorkSafeBC booklet is an introduction to the proper use of personal fall protection equipment. It outlines the safe use and limitations of personal fall protection equipment including: safety belts harnesses lanyards lifelines To read the full document on WorkSafeBC’s website, and to print, click here (466 kB).

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How to Implement a Formal Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Program

This WorkSafeBC booklet will help employers, workers, and joint health and safety committees develop and maintain an effective occupational health and safety (OHS) program. Updated to include Regulatory changes related to joint health and safety committees that came into effect on April 3, 2017. To read the full document on WorkSafeBC’s website, and to print, […]

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