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Photographic Dust Effects Motion Picture Fact Sheet

To read the full document, and to print, click here (192 KB). INTRODUCTION A wide variety of products are used to create photographic dust effects in motion picture and television production. This fact sheet has been developed to inform and assist production is when using these products. It is important that productions fully understand the potential […]

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Working Alone or in Isolation Motion Picture Fact Sheet #14

To read the full document, and to print, click here (183 KB). Introduction Definition Working alone or in isolation – According to the Regulation, to work alone or in isolation “means to work in circumstances where assistance would not be readily available to the worker in case of an emergency, or in case the worker […]

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Use and Set-Up of Large Tents Fact Sheet

To read the full document, and to print, click here (190 KB). Overview When planning any activity requiring the use of a tent that will be occupied by people, the first step is to conduct a risk assessment. The risk assessment will help identify how much space you need and help identify risks associated with flammables […]

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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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First Aid & Emergency Transportation Fact Sheet #10

To read the full document, and to print, click here (268 KB). At each new site, WorkSafeBC requires a first aid assessment to determine the level of first aid certification and equipment needed. The first aid assessment is one aspect of a production’s risk assessment; it is performed to identify risks and ensure the employer […]

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Transportation Fact Sheet

To read the full document, and to print, click here (167 KB). Transportation of Dangerous Goods Anyone who ships, receives or transports dangerous goods must have Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) certification. See https://tc.canada.ca/en for further information on TDG. For your convenience, Actsafe offers the TDG course online. Contact us at 604.733.4682 or courses@actsafe.ca for more […]

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Locations Fact Sheet

To read the full document, and to print, click here (183 KB). Hazard Identification Prior to the day of shooting, a production representative should be designated to review the location and determine if obvious safety hazards exist. This designated person is often the Locations Manager or Assistant Locations Manager. The facility/site representative is often a good […]

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Makeup & Hairdressing Fact Sheet

To read the full document, and to print, click here (180 KB). This fact sheet provides safety information on makeup and hairdressing products and practices used in the motion picture, television, performing arts and live events industries. Makeup and hairdressing room The makeup and hairdressing room should be clean and equipped with hot and cold running […]

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Construction & Demolition Fact Sheet

To read the full document, and to print, click here (196 KB). SIMULTANEOUS WORK The Production/Employer must ensure that safe work practices are being used when different work is carried out simultaneously at the same location. If a work process could potentially jeopardize the safety of the people present, the Production/Employer must ensure that these hazards […]

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Fire Prevention Fact Sheet

To read the full document, and to print, click here (159 KB). Before renting or occupying a house or a building, the producer must ensure that it meets fire prevention standards and that it contains the necessary fire fighting equipment, in compliance with the NFPA 140. The distance to be covered between any point in […]

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First Aid Fact Sheet

This info sheet provides first aid information for personnel working in the motion picture, television, performing arts and live events industries. For establishing the level of first aid required, address each separate work location (production of office, construction shop, studio or locations etc.) and have the appropriate person or supervisor complete the First Aid Assessment […]

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#11 A Health & Safety Overview of Orchestra Pits Performing Arts Safety Bulletin

Orchestra pits can be dangerous to members of the crew during load-ins, set-ups, tech work and strikes, as well as to performers on the stage and musicians in the pit during rehearsals and performances. Janet Sellery of Sellery Health + Safety notes: “There are lots of examples of people and objects falling into orchestra pits. […]

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#10 Safety Guidelines for Using Foam(ed) Plastics in Set and Prop Construction Performing Arts Bulletin

The following recommendations are intended to give general guidance on the safe handling, use, storage and disposal of foam(ed) plastics when used to construct stage sets and props. Foam(ed) plastics are products made of petroleum distillates which can ignite when used in connection with heat from a hot wire or welding/cutting operation (hot work), or […]

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#8 Safety With Firearms Performing Arts Safety Bulletin

These guidelines are intended to give recommendations on the safe handling, use and storage of rearms. Firearms include prop guns, rubber guns, plastic guns, non-guns, flintlock guns, pistols, machine guns, rifles and shotguns that shoot blank ammunition. The Property Manager (or, in his/her absence, the weapons handler and/or other appropriate personnel determined by the locality […]

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#2 Artificially Created Smokes, Fogs And Lighting Effect Performing Arts Safety Bulletin

This safety bulletin covers substances that may and may not be used in generating artificially created smokes, fogs and lighting effects on production stages/sets. Artificially created smokes, fogs and lighting effect performing arts bulletin PDF

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#1 Animal Handling Rules Performing Arts Safety Bulletin

This safety bulletin briefly outlines a set rules by which the safe handling of animals and those working with them can be upheld and maintained, noting that the safety of working animals and the persons working on such productions must be of primary concern. Animal Handling Performing Arts Bulletin

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#40 Non-Camera Utility Vehicles Motion Picture Safety Bulletin

These guidelines address non-camera utility vehicles used for production support, such as ATVs, golf carts, snowmobiles and utility vehicles with small engines and/or electric powered. (For camera vehicles, see bulletins #8—8C.) Vehicle operators must observe all applicable rules and regulations. In order to provide a safe workplace, the following vehicle guidelines have been established regardless […]

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#39 Foamed Plastics in Set and Prop Construction Motion Picture Safety Bulletin

The following recommendations are intended to give general guidance on the safe handling, use, storage and disposal of foam(ed) plastics when used to construct stage sets and props. Foam(ed) plastics are products made of petroleum distillates which can ignite when used in connection with heat from a hot wire or welding/cutting operation (hot work), or […]

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#33 Infant Actors (15 days to 6 months old) Motion Picture Safety Bulletin

This bulletin addresses special safety considerations regarding the employment of infant actors in motion picture and television production. Infant Actors Motion Picture Bulletin PDF

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#29A Addendum “A” for Hot Air Balloons, Guidelines For The Safe Use of Hot Air Balloons Motion Picture Safety Bulletin

Guidelines for essential personnel or equipment to film or be filmed while on the exterior or, entering, or exiting a balloon basket or gondola in flight. Traditional ballooning motion picture activities include air to ground transfers, air to surface vehicles or persons, rappelling, parachuting, long line and many other scenarios where essential personnel may be […]

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#26 Preparing Urban Exterior Locations Motion Picture Safety Bulletin

Urban locations such as alleyways, beneath bridges, tunnels, abandoned structures, storm channels and other locations may present health risks and other hazards which can be mitigated prior to the Production Company prepping and/or shooting at the location. These guidelines are intended to provide recommendations to prepare urban locations for filming. Safety bulletins are recommended guidelines […]

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#23 Working With Lighting Systems and Other Electrical Equipment Motion Picture Safety Bulletin

This Safety Bulletin is intended to assist all production personnel with understanding the Regulations and to warn of potential electrical and fire safety hazards related to use of the electrical equipment. It is also intended to recommend safe practices for trained personnel. This Safety Bulletin is not intended as a design specification or an instruction […]

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#10A Addendum “A” for Artificial Smoke and Fog – Air Quality Motion Picture Safety Bulletin

When choosing a filming or recording location, the producer must determine whether there are health risks for the members of the production crew and make the necessary corrections when the air quality does not meet the standards in WorkSafeBC OHS Regulation Part 4.7 Indoor Air Quality and Part 5 Chemical and Biological Agents. Artificially Created […]

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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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#9 Multiple Dressing Room Units Motion Picture Safety Bulletin

This bulletin provides some brief guidelines for the safe utilization of multiple dressing room units on production sets. The driver/operator plays an important role in maintaining a high degree of safety while these units are in use and is expected to meet high standards of competency. A quali- ed person should be present while such […]

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