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Members Below is a list of current Actsafe Members. Learn more on how your organization can become a member. Alameda Entertainment B.C. (Disney) Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) Arts Club Theatre Company Association of Canadian Film Craftspeople (ACFC) West BC Alliance for Arts & Culture BC Council of Film Unions (BCCFU) BC […]

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Respectful Workplaces - Join us for Actsafe Injury Prevention Week 2021

Actsafe Injury Prevention Week 2021

AIP WEEK 2021 SAFETY CAFÉ WEBINARS & COURSES HISTORY Actsafe Injury Prevention Week is back September 20–24, and this year we are focusing on Respectful Workplaces. What is a respectful workplace? How can we work together to ensure that everyone who works on a production is treated fairly? Throughout AIP Week, we will be bringing […]

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Actsafe Injury Prevention Week 2020

The theme for 2020 was MIND Your Health, Mental Health Awareness. Here you will find our list of session recordings and a curated list of resources on mental health and well-being. Session Slides, Resources, and Recordings: Sick and Tired: A Conversation About Stress and Fatigue with Mike Harnett. An Overview of Concussions and their Impact […]

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Privacy Policy

THIS PRIVACY POLICY CONTAINS LEGAL OBLIGATIONS.  PLEASE READ THIS PRIVACY POLICY BEFORE USING THE WEBSITE, APP, PLATFORM OR ANY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES. Last Update: June 2022 Actsafe Safety Association (“Actsafe”, “we” or “us”) delivers online courses, training materials and course completion and user databases over the Internet through an online learning management system, online store […]

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Union Training

Every BC Union has different training requirements. Here you will find a list of BC Unions and their corresponding course requirements for membership and permittee status. If you plan to visit the Actsafe office, please review our COVID-19 protocols prior to your visit. The Actsafe office is wheelchair accessible. Contact us by phone, email or instant messaging for additional information. […]

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About Our Industries

Actsafe currently serves over 2,500 employers and has trained over 11,000 workers in our free Motion Picture Safety Awareness Workshop and online course alone. We also provide a selection of 9 other free courses, including collaborations with CIRP to provide Naloxone Training, and Reel Green/Creative BC to teach Carbon Literacy. The remaining 9 courses are […]

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New CEO Announcement

New CEO Announcement March 2022 9 March 2022 The Board of Directors of Actsafe Safety Association is pleased to announce that Trina Pollard has been named as CEO of Actsafe Safety Association. Trina’s employment will commence in early April. Most recently, Trina served as Manager, Occupational Health & Safety Consultation & Education Services at WorkSafeBC. Prior […]

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Hazard Identification

At this time, masks are optional at the Actsafe office. Please respect everyone’s decision about wearing masks.Learn more about our communicable disease protocols for accessing the Actsafe office. Overview How do you manage and identify hazards that you encounter in the workplace? Managing hazards is critical to the health and safety of cast and crew […]

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AED Program

Actsafe’s AED Program offers our members a great opportunity to equip their organizations and productions with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at a cost that will fit any budget. Actsafe offers two options: rental and purchase. If you or your organization is interested in learning more about how to use an AED, register for our Cardiac […]

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Monthly Updates – November 2021

Monthly Updates November 2021 As we enter the final months of the year, Actsafe is busy finishing our 2021 projects and planning on how we can best support the arts and entertainment industries in 2022.  This November, we are asking you to nominate those who have put safety first in 2021 for an Actsafe Safety in […]

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Departure Announcement

Departure Announcement December 2021 14 December 2021 After almost three years at the helm of Actsafe Safety Association, Manu Nellutla has announced that he will be resigning as CEO from Actsafe Safety Association effective January 7, 2022.   During his tenure, Manu prioritized growth and innovation. The Actsafe team has doubled in size and has developed additional resources, training programs and safety advisory services such as ActONE (Actsafe’s Occupational health […]

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Workplace Inspections

At this time, masks are optional at the Actsafe office. Please respect everyone’s decision about wearing masks.Learn more about our communicable disease protocols for accessing the Actsafe office. Overview Have you wondered what, how, who and when to conduct workplace inspections? Inspections are an essential component of your health and safety program. This interactive four-hour workshop walks you through the process and resources […]

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Monthly Updates – June 2021

Monthly Updates June 2021 We have lots to update you on in June’s monthly updates after a very busy May! We are launching a COVID Safety Coordinator Program to get anyone who is seeking work in the oversight of COVID ready and suited for this role, which includes completing a new COVID Safety Coordinator workshop. Find out more about […]

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Respectful Workplaces and IDEA

We look to the near future and welcome the thought of getting back to normal artistic and cultural production! But what of the “normal” parts that we don’t want to come back? Dr. Grégoire Gagnon, Executive Director, CHRC Two things come to mind when we think of improving cultural HR practices for everyone to thrive: […]

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An Obituary for Maureen “Mo” Kaake

Actsafe has lost one of its stars with the passing of Maureen “Mo” Kaake on the 19th of June 2021. Our condolences and thoughts go to her husband Dave, her son and two daughters, her grandchildren, her dog Charlie, and all her family and friends.   Mo joined Actsafe in 2005 when Actsafe was called SHAPE and had only 4 employees. Shortly afterwards, Mo became the […]

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The Who, What, When, and How of Inspections

Inspections. The very word can evoke an endless array of questions. What do we need to inspect? When do they need to be done? How do we do them? Who does them? Can anyone help me with this? Well, hopefully I’ll be able to shed some light on these questions. Let’s start at the beginning, […]

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Actsafe’s Safety Sphere

Everybody knows that performing an inspection can be overwhelming. Whether you are a safety specialist or new to performing inspections, you may not know how to start the process and properly analyze the environment around you. Natalli Dias, Motion Picture Safety Advisor, Actsafe Safety Associaton   In some cases, you may have an inspection form […]

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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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Setting the Scene for Needlestick and Sharps Safety

It’s a cold, grey morning and Andres is prepped and ready for a long day of location scouting. With a hot coffee in tow, he sets out on the streets of East Vancouver, hoping to spot a few perfect storefronts for a key scene. Instead, Andres spots – and almost steps on – something much […]

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Biological Hazards in the Arts and Entertainment Industries

  Prior to 2020, biological hazards (also commonly known as ‘biohazards’) were typically thought of as a risk for individuals working in health care, laboratories, food services, and sanitation. Biological hazards in these settings have well recognized policies and procedures to ensure workers’ health and safety. Now that we are in the midst of a […]

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Monthly Updates, February 2021

As 2020 comes to a close, we want to share with you some final updates for the year including that registration is now open for the Actsafe Entertainment Safety Conference! You can register today for as low as $0.  You will also find out the winners of our Actsafe Gives Back initiative, information on the […]

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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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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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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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