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Here you will find resources related to the construction department that may be helpful to you as an employer or worker in the arts and entertainment industry. Related Departments Carpentry

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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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Construction & Woodworking Fact Sheet #4

To read the full document, and to print, click here (137 KB). This fact sheet provides safety information related to working with hand tools, power tools, and explosive-actuated fastening tools in order to ensure accident prevention. ACCIDENT PREVENTION Be aware of and follow all Municipal, Provincial and Federal codes, ordinances and regulations. Inspect all equipment before […]

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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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#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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Wood Dust, Formaldehyde and Noise Exposures in Vancouver Film Construction Shops Report

Report established baseline exposure levels for noise, wood dust and formaldehyde and compared those levels with exposure limits specified in the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. Identifies ten recommendations to improve health in film studio construction shops. Wood Dust, formaldehyde and noise exposure in Vancouver Film Construction shops Report PDF

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Warehouse/Construction Mill/Temporary Stage Space Inspection Checklist

Please find our Actsafe Warehouse, Construction Mill, & Temporary Stage Space Inspection Checklist form below: Warehouse / Construction Mill / Temporary Stage Space Inspection Checklist PDF

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Announcement of New Board of Directors

Actsafe Safety Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Ted Violini as the new Chair and Dr. Roslyn Kunin as the new Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors. Ted Violini Chair, Board of Directors Linkedin Ted Violini is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Theory+Practice, a Vancouver-based SaaS scale-up. Theory+Practice deploys ML and AI solutions that enable […]

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Here you will find arts and entertainment safety resources filtered by departments. Please contact Actsafe if there are any resources you would like to see. View by Department Please find resources in the following departments. Audio Visual View Resources Camera View Resources Construction View Resources Dancers View Resources Electrics View Resources Festivals View Resources First […]

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Monthly Updates – September 2021

Monthly Updates September 2021 September is finally here, which means that the arts and entertainment industries can get together for Actsafe Injury Prevention Week! This year’s AIP Week is going to be bigger and better than ever with our Safety Café visiting locations around the lower mainland. Why not plan to join us for coffee, cookies, and conversations […]

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Conduct inspections to help build healthy and safe workplaces

There are many different types of workplaces within B.C.’s performing arts and motion picture industries. Because of this diversity of work, and the environments in which the work is done, it is critical to conduct regular health and safety inspections to help prevent workplace incidents. Kim Stubbs, OHS Consultant, WorkSafeBC Performing arts may include theatre, […]

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Health and Safety for Motion Picture and Television Production in B.C.

To read the full document, and to print, click here (1.22 MB). This book aims to help reduce the risk of injury to workers in the motion picture, television, and commercial production industry. The resource is mainly for employers, although the information is also relevant for workers and anyone involved in work on a film or television […]

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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 […]

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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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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 the department and work area-specific information on best practices in returning to operations safely. This […]

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COVID-19 Resources for the Arts and Entertainment Industries

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 with the hope of keeping our stakeholders informed. COVID-19 Protocols at […]

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The Reality Of Emergencies – An Article on Emergency Preparedness

Written by Don Parman, Manager of Performing Arts Programs and Services, Actsafe Safety Association. To get in touch withDon; donparman@actsafe.ca or call 604 733 4682 Ext. 112. After reading the fabulous articles submitted by my safety colleagues Eric Stuart and Desiree Hamilton ( for our Fall 2019 edition of Safety Scene), I was left wondering what I […]

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Performing Arts Information Sheets

Actsafe Safety Association’s Information Sheets are recommended safety guidelines only; always consult all applicable rules and regulations. Performing Arts’ information sheets and fact sheets are for the Performing Arts industry in British Columbia.  Information Sheets Performing Arts Information Sheets #1 Animal Handling Rules Performing Arts Safety Bulletin #2 Artificially Created Smokes, Fogs And Lighting Effect […]

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Motion Picture Information Sheets

Below are safety guidelines for the Motion Picture industry in British Columbia. Actsafe’s safety information sheets are recommended guidelines only; always consult all applicable rules and regulations. Health & Safety Information Sheets Call Sheet Memo Pre-Production #1 Safety With Firearms Motion Picture Safety Bulletin     #2 Special Use of Live Ammunition Motion Picture Safety Bulletin   […]

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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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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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Sample Safe Development Process Info Sheet

The question “how can we do this safely?” should set the stage for concept development, pre-production, construction, rehearsal and performance. Consideration of health and safety should begin as early as possible in the planning of the production and should continue throughout the production process. This Sample Safe Development Process document gives an overview of risk assessment in action, using a fictitious […]

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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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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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