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Spotlight: Hans Dayal Locations Manager Video

Actsafe shines the Spotlight on Hans Dayal, Locations Manager in British Columbia’s Film Industry, discussing safety while managing and working in production environments.

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Spotlight: Jay Dodge of Boca del Lupo Video

Actsafe’s Premiere Spotlight interview of Jay Dodge, Artistic Producer of the Boca del Lupo Theatre Company, discussing important safety aspects of producing and working on production in the performing arts, and particularly theatrical productions.

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Working Alone Video

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 is injured or in ill health.” Working alone or in isolation is fairly common in the motion picture industry, particularly […]

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How To Conduct A Field Flame Test Video

In response to a request from within the performing arts industry, Actsafe Safety Association produced a video on how to conduct a field flame test to determine if a material is properly flame retarded. The video discusses what to look for to see if a material is already properly flame retarded; when to test materials; […]

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Evaluation of ISOBORD and MDF – Occupational Exposure Report

Dillon Consulting Limited (Dillon) was retained by Actsafe Safety Association to evaluate the potential exposures to formaldehyde and isocyanates associated with Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) products and ISOBORD ™ used to construct sets and items for film and theatre production. The results have indicated that without the use of proper engineering controls (e.g. local exhaust […]

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Atmospheric Effects in the Entertainment Industry: Constituents, Exposures and Health Effects

Kay Teschke, Yat Chow, Michael Brauer, Chris van Netten, Sunil Varughese, Susan Kennedy. March 2003. UBC’s School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene have published this full report on the safety of atmospheric theatrical smokes and fogs in 2003. WCB’s 8-hour Exposure Limit (EL) for mists of mildly refined oils is 0.2mg/m3, and of severely refined […]

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Health and Safety Guide for Live Performance (Festivals)

This document is a guide to assist you in the design of your own dedicated safety plan for live performance events such as festivals. Nowadays, most people in BC’s entertainment industry are very aware that their workplaces are subject to Workers Compensation Board regulations, but far fewer people know exactly what the regulations are or […]

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Health and Safety Guide for Live Performance (Theatre)

This document is a guide to assist you in the design of your own dedicated safety plan. Nowadays, most people in BC’s entertainment industry are very aware that their workplaces are subject to Workers Compensation Board regulations, but far fewer people know exactly what the regulations are or how to go about complying with them. […]

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Theatrical Smoke, Fog, and Haze Testing Time and Distance Guidelines Link

In the absence of other information, theatre-specific monitoring would be required to evaluate whether smoke/fog/haze machines are being used in accordance with the peak exposure guidelines. ENVIRON developed Time-and-Distance (T&D) Guidelines as an alternative to conducting theater- and production-specific monitoring. These T&D Guidelines were developed under conservative use assumptions (e.g., no on-stage activities or props […]

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Working Safely With Volunteers Booklet

Volunteers in the arts sector can take on roles from office administration, production and catering to planning and running events. In any of these cases, there is potential for accidents and injuries to occur: when health and safety aren’t considered and planned for, these risks may be even greater. This four-page booklet, developed by Actsafe, […]

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First Aid Online Assessment Tool

Now it’s easier than ever to assess your first aid needs and help ensure compliance with WorkSafeBC’s first aid requirements. Six simple questions provide you with a complete list of equipment and personnel required on your production in an easily shareable and printable document. First-aid assessment tool.  

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Joint Health and Safety Committee Fundamentals Training Poster

ARE YOU IN COMPLIANCE? Effective April 3rd, 2017, WorkSafeBC mandated that all joint health and safety committee members are required to have a minimum of 8-hours of training. ACTSAFE’S WORKSHOP COVERS: Navigating the Workers Compensation Act and regulations Terms of reference Meeting minutes & reporting Inspections Work refusals Incident investigations Committee evaluation REGISTRATION This workshop […]

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Who Should I Talk To?

WHO SHOULD I TALK TO? When you need information to help prevent injuries… Actsafe is an education, training, and information resource for you to use to plan your productions in a safe manner. Where can I learn about propane safety? How do you handle Bullying and Harassment in the workplace? Need to know about working […]

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The Team Approach To Safety Primer

We all have responsibilities – as family members, friends, citizens and workers. It’s part of life. Responsibilities are important in the workplace, particularly when related to health and safety. Responsibilities are a leading issue in occupational health and safety legislation. The Workers Compensation Act and The Occupational Health and Safety Regulation lists the duties of […]

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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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Safety Scene – October 2016 Edition

In the October 2016 issue: IATSE Local 891 and Actsafe Collaboration Announcement Looking For New Recruits? Check Out Our Student Availability Resource Production Packages and a whole lot more! View The Actsafe Safety Scene here!

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Safety Scene – February 2015 Edition

In the February 2015 issue: The Actsafe “Best Of” Spotlight on Efosa Otuomagie, Production Safety Officer Firearms in Theatre Transportation of Dangerous Goods Firearms Use Flowchart Actsafe is Hiring! and much more!   View The Actsafe Safety Scene here!

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Governance

Actsafe is governed by the industries it represents through a Board of Directors and two standing committees that represent both the motion picture and performing arts industries. Membership on the Board and these committees include a balance of employer and worker representatives.  Our Core Values are: Collaboration     –     Innovation     –     Accessibility […]

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Resources

You will find our page dedicated to industry resources relating to COVID-19 here. ____ The following resources can be used to supplement a production’s health and safety program. They include a wide selection of tools, documents and recommendations to help employers develop production specific programs. We’ve broken these resources down to be easily searchable by […]

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About Us

Actsafe is a not-for-profit health and safety association supporting British Columbia’s arts and entertainment industries. Since 1998, we have been helping our industries by providing the resources to employers, workers, and supervisors to achieve a healthy and safe workplace. We are always here to provide information relevant to best practices around health and safety in […]

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