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Safety Scene – Summer 2021: Respectful Workplaces

This quarter’s theme is Respectful Workplaces.

What is a respectful workplace and how do I even start to make my workplace more inclusive, diverse, and equal? This edition of Safety Scene aims to answer these questions for you by featuring articles about accessibility in the workplace, improving cultural HR practices, and how the industries are becoming more respectful.

You will also find information about the steps Actsafe is taking to become more accessible, Actsafe Injury Prevention Week, and more.

We have many courses lined for July. Check out our courses on page 6 and also, starting July 6th, we are restarting Occupational First Aid – Level One being held in person at our office.

Until next time, stay safe.

The Actsafe Team

To begin reading, click here.

We want to hear from you!

We appreciate any feedback you may have. Maybe you’d like to write an article for our next edition? For content and advertising opportunities, please email Jennifer at jenniferlane@actsafe.ca.

We are printing a limited number of quarterly newsletters. If you wish to receive a printed copy, please contact communications@actsafe.ca.

Until next time, stay safe.

The Actsafe Team

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 backbone of our organization through multiple leadership changes and organizational growth and helped SHAPE Actsafe into the organization it is today. 

If you have ever used or are going to use Actsafe’s STAR learning management system, you can be thankful to Mo who led the development of the system for our industry. She was so passionate about making STAR one of the most accessible systems available and, as Mo had wished, this integral contribution to worker safety in our industry will be her legacy.  

If you’ve had any type of interaction with Actsafe, you will have come across Mo. Mo started with us as a receptionist and took upon various positions including office manager and finally her last role with us as operations manager. It is a rarity to have employees stay as long at an organization as Mo did and it comes with no surprise that Mo was a gem. We are glad that we had an opportunity to celebrate her 15th work anniversary with us in 2020.  

We have all known Mo as a warrior and fierce adversary of cancer. Even while struggling with her health issues, she ensured she continued working to support our team and our mission. To honour her fighting spirit, we at Actsafe are starting an annual bursary in the industry in her name that will support cancer survivors looking to access safety training. We will be releasing more details soon and we welcome everyone’s contribution to that bursary. 

You may all know that everyone at Actsafe was Mo’s second family. From the standing committees to the board, employer representatives to union friends, Mo would share her successes, challenges, and things she was passionate about. Our close-knit family in the office will miss the enthusiasm and energy with which she would engage everyone that walked through our door. We want to continue her legacy at Actsafe so that new team members can appreciate what she has done for us, and as such, we have re-named the committee room in our office as the ‘Maureen Kaake Room.’ A small token of love from all of us so that we all can remember her and send her our thoughts as we sit and meet in “Mo’s Room.” 

For us at Actsafe, our office and team will never be the same, but we can be proud to say that Mo worked with us all through this time. We will miss a friend, colleague, mentor, role model and inspiration.  

Mo’s Actsafe Family 

Victoria Day, May 24th

Wishing you all a happy and healthy Victoria Day weekend!
 
Please note the Actsafe team will be offline on Monday, May 24 until we return online on Tuesday, May 25.
 
Stay safe,
The Actsafe Team.
 
In case of a workplace emergency, WorkSafeBC can be contacted here.

Ask Anand Has Officially Launched!

 

Joined weekly by his co-host Natalli Dias, Anand Kanna will be highlighting a safety topic of the week and also answering your health and safety questions.

Episode 1’s focus was an introduction to Actsafe and highlighted how we’re not WorkSafeBC, and what we can do to help you maintain a safe and healthy worksite. Anand also opened the floor to questions from the industry which led to some interesting conversations around COVID-19 and artificial smoke and fog.

Here’s what some attendees had to say:

“This was a great session, not only was it informative it also provided an opportunity to participate and interact. It was a refreshing change of pace, I’m looking forward to next week!”

“Absolutely one of the most enjoyable and informative zoom meetings I have attended. A very inclusive experience where I felt that people cared!”

“I really enjoyed that it was informal and there were a lot of honest discussions.”

“Tune into Ask Anand for all your safety-related questions. Highly informative and a safe place to ask questions or to get advice for on-set issues.”

Click here to view the upcoming schedule episode and to register for each week!

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WorkSafeBC COVID-19 Update April 2021

WorkSafeBC COVID-19 Update April 2021

The following update was provided to Actsafe Safety Association by WorkSafeBC on their continuing efforts to support the province in keeping workplaces healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please share this with your members.

On April 8th, the provincial health officer (PHO) announced an order delegating specific powers of the Public Health Act to WorkSafeBC prevention officers. The powers delegated to their prevention officers are limited to serving a closure order on a business with a known COVID-19 outbreak. The closure order will be in effect for a period of 10 days or more, as prescribed by the health authority’s medical health officer on a case-by-case basis, and served when directed to do so by a provincial medical health officer.

WorkSafeBC is providing this support to help the province manage the recent increase in COVID-19 cases. When serving the closure order, the WorkSafeBC prevention officer will engage the employer on a discussion regarding their COVID-19 safety plan and provide the employer with the Reviewing and Updating Your COVID-19 Safety Plan resource guide. The prevention officer will advise the employer that they should review and make improvements to their COVID-19 safety plan. Once the workplace has re-opened, the prevention officer will conduct an inspection to review the employer’s updated COVID-19 safety plan to ensure the employer is effectively implementing measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace.

The increase in COVID-19 cases is an important reminder that all of us – employers, workers, industry, and stakeholders – have a shared responsibility to remain vigilant in supporting workplace health and safety during the pandemic. For more information on the most recent PHO order and how to keep workplaces healthy and safe, please refer to the following:

Concerned about COVID-19?

Click here for resources that may help guide you through this pandemic.

Safety Scene – Spring 2021: Inspections

This quarter’s theme is Inspections.

Every workplace knows the cost of a workplace incident. It can take weeks for the person hurt to return to work, or for the piece of equipment to be replaced. There is of course no way to ensure with one hundred percent certainty that this won’t happen but, to minimize the risks, you can carry out routine workplace inspections.

In this edition of Safety Scene, you will find articles about who, when, and how to carry out inspections, the importance of rigging inspections, and how your joint health and safety committee can help.

You will also learn about Actsafe’s Safety Sphere, a new method to help spot the potential safety risks in a 360° way, our upcoming courses, and this year’s Actsafe Safety in Entertainment Award winners (make sure to nominate your coworkers for next year’s awards).

Until next time, stay safe.

The Actsafe Team

To begin reading, click here.

We want to hear from you!

We appreciate any feedback you may have. Maybe you’d like to write an article for our next edition? For content and advertising opportunities, please email Jennifer at jenniferlane@actsafe.ca.

We are printing a limited number of quarterly newsletters. If you wish to receive a printed copy, please contact communications@actsafe.ca.

Until next time, stay safe.

The Actsafe Team

A Great Place To Work

Actsafe prides itself on being one of the best places to work, and we can announce that we are officially certified as a Great Place to Work!
The results of our employee survey affirm our commitment to our team and our organizational culture. We will continue to work hard to ensure a respectful and enjoyable workplace for everyone in the organization.

For further information on this certification please visit the Great Place To Work website.

Monthly Updates, March 2021

The Actsafe Entertainment Safety Conference is kicking off this Friday and this monthly updates will get you up to speed on what is coming up including sessions, our trade show, and this year’s social event.

This month Don Parman was interviewed about the performing arts industry during the pandemic, Anand Kanna’s session at the Whistler Film Festival is available for viewing, and you will also find out about our March course dates, and some upcoming conferences that Actsafe is a part of.  

We hope all of you will have the opportunity to join us to network with over 550 already registered attendees this Friday and Saturday.

Stay safe,

The Actsafe Team

The Actsafe Entertainment Safety Cenference has 550+ attendees so be sure to register today to join us virtually on February 26-27.

Our session schedule is now online and includes topics such as COVID-19, combating racism, fatigue, concussion, ergonomics, addiction, leadership, and more.

Our trade show floor is filled with all our incredible 2021 exhibitors: DGC BC, IATSE 118, IATSE 168, ICG 669, IATSE Canada, SafetyLine Lone Worker, Workers’ Advisers Office, WorkSafeBC, and UBCP/ACTRA.

Be sure to visit the trade show booths when attending the conference!

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors for your support for the conference. It is thanks to all of you that we were able to make this conference possible for attendees to participate for as little as $0.

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To have all of your conference information in one place, check out our conference program here.

Actsafe Gives Back

This year’s social event is bingo hosted by Actsafe’s Manager of Performing Arts Programs and Services, Don Parman and is kindly sponsored by BIS Safety Software.
 

We will be giving away some incredible prizes:

To be in with the chance of winning, all you have to do is register for the conference and play some virtual bingo with us on Friday 26, 5.30pm–6.45pm!

We will also be presenting the Actsafe Safety in Entertainment Awards throughout the social event to our worthy winners!

Thank you to everyone who provided us with a newsletter satisfaction rating earlier this year.

The winners of the Skip the Dishes vouchers are

Sheryl McGraw, Kal Shoot, Graham Brunskill, Synnove Godeseth, and Sasha McArthur.

Congratulations! Keep an eye out here for future surveys and competitions. Your feedback is invaluable to us.

Don Parman's Interview with Good News Bros

Actsafe’s Manager of Performing Arts Programs and Services, Don Parman, was recently interviewed by Good News Bros to discuss how Actsafe is supporting the arts and entertainment industry through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anand Kanna Moderated a Session

Actsafe’s Manager of Motion Picture Programs and Services, Anand Kanna, moderated the session ‘A New Era of Safety and Respect’ at the Whistler Film Festival 2020. The session is available to view here for free until March 31.

Every Wednesday, Whistler Film Festival Society will be rolling out free content that offers insights into the Canadian and international film industry, current and emerging trends, and opportunities for advancement.

Webinars: Conducting Road Safety Risk Assessments

Road Safety At Work is holding some complimentary two-hour online workshops that focus on risk assessments, specific to road safety on March 3 and March 10.
 
Participants will learn about resources to help identify and categorize driving-related hazards, systematically evaluate risks, and set priorities to control those risks. They will also be provided a demonstration and access to their no-cost online tool (RiskCheck), which can be used to record and document risk assessments and produce action plans.

on the Move

Don Parman, Actsafe’s Manager of Performing Arts Programs and Services is co-presenting the session ‘Self-Care and Collective Wellness’ at the Dancer Transition Resource Centre’s annual conference, on the MOVE.

on the MOVE is a dynamic career planning and networking conference designed specifically for dancers entering professional careers.

The Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society provides services through two major initiatives, each of which conducts several programs. The volunteer lawyers and law students of Artists’ Legal Outreach (ALO) offer resources, workshops, and clinics for low-income artists throughout British Columbia and across Canada. Law For Non-Profits conducts workshops and webinars on legal issues for non-profits and offers an Ask A Law Student service.

PLEO has some upcoming events:

  • March 8th: International Women’s Day, Has the Law Changed for Mothers?
  • March 15th: Privacy and Recordkeeping for Non-Profits
  • March 15th: Employment and Human Rights 101

Actsafe is supporting BIPOC TV and Film by donating 100% of the revenue generated from advertisements in 2021’s quarterly Safety Scene newsletters to this incredible association.

Anand Kanna, Manager, Motion Picture Programs and Services
E: anandkanna@actsafe.ca
Direct: 604.495.0028
Cell: 604.418.3000

Natalli Dias, Industry Safety Advisor, Motion Picture
E: natallidias@actsafe.ca
Direct: 604.733.4682

Don Parman, Manager, Performing Arts Programs and Services
E: donparman@actsafe.ca
Direct: 604.495.0034
Cell: 604.838.0290

Will Heller, Industry Safety Advisor, Performing Arts
E: willheller@actsafe.ca
Direct: 604.733.4682

Technical Difficulties

We are experiencing technical difficulties with some of our Service webpages. If you have an urgent query, or are searching for a particular resource, please email info@actsafe.ca or call us on 604 733 4682.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Safety Scene – Winter 2021: Biological Hazards

This quarter’s theme is Biological Hazards

Biological hazards are at forefront of everyone’s minds since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world. What are they? How do we minimize the risks from them in our homes and in our workplaces? What biohazards can be found on production? 

In this edition of Safety Scene, we answer these questions with articles about COVID-19, ‘cooties’ transferred during intimacy scenes, and what to do if you find a needle on set. You will also find an article on the risks associated with disinfectants and how to keep your workers safe when they are using these chemicals. 
 
We hope that this edition of Safety Scene will help educate you on how to make your workplace—be it on a production, in the office, or at home—safer.

Remember to register for next month’s fifth annual Actsafe Entertainment Safety Conference, February 26–27, for as little as $0! You will find all the up-to-date information inside.

To begin reading, click here.

We want to hear from you!

We appreciate any feedback you may have. Maybe you’d like to write an article for our next edition? For content and advertising opportunities, please email Jennifer at jenniferlane@actsafe.ca.

We are printing a limited number of quarterly newsletters. If you wish to receive a printed copy, please contact communications@actsafe.ca.

Until next time, stay safe.

The Actsafe Team

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 Actsafe Safety in Entertainment Awards, and a thank you message from Threads of Life, Actsafe’s chosen charity for 2020. 

We want to wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season. Be sure to scroll to the end of the updates to see our team holiday card and holiday office closure information.  

We will see you all in 2021!

Stay safe,

The Actsafe Team

Registration is now open for the Actsafe Entertainment Safety Conference
February 26–27, 2021!  

The 2021 conference is presented on a Pay What You Can basis, including $0. The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the arts and entertainment industries and we recognize that the income of many of our member’s income has been affected. We want everyone to have the opportunity to join us to network and share knowledge. Please select the amount that reflects what you can comfortably afford at this time.  

Spaces are limited so be sure to register today! 

To find out more about this year’s virtual conference, visit our conference website.

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 are:  

Welcome to the Motion Picture Industry 

    • Charlotte Wright
    • Chantelle Fry 

What Technicians Need to Know 

    • Alan Ly 
    • Layne Roscoe 

Congratulations to you all! Please check your inbox for more details. 

To those of you we were unable to help, we hope to provide more opportunities in the future to give you access to the training you need. 

Actsafe Office Temporarily Closes

In light of recent PHO Orders and the increase in COVID-19 cases, the Actsafe office is closed and the team is working remotely. If you would like to connect with the team or visit the office, please reach out via phone, LiveChat, or email. 

We have suspended all in-house classes but continue to train our members virtually. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for course announcements.  

Actsafe Gives Back

2020 has been a challenging year for the arts and entertainment industries due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Actsafe wants to give back.  

We are giving away free Actsafe course packages to deserving members of our industries that are nominated by you!  

There will be four course packages to choose from: 

    1. Get into Motion Picture 
    2. Security 
    3. Grip/Electric/Set Dec 
    4. Refresher 

Nominations will be open from December 1 and more information will be released on our social media pages next week so keep an eye out for that.

A Message from Threads of Life

100% of all revenue generated from advertisements in our quarterly newsletter, Safety Scene, is donated to our chosen charity of the year. This year we were supporting Threads of Life, a national charity who brings hope and healing to Canadian families who have been affected by a workplace fatality, life-altering injury, or occupational disease. 

Threads of Life have shared a message thanking all the organizations who contributed an advertisement in 2020: 

“Threads of Life would like to extend our thanks to Actsafe Safety Association for your support throughout 2020. Thank you for helping to raise awareness about our programs and services, and thank you for the donation we received today which represents the proceeds from your advertising sales in your quarterly newsletter this year. Please express our gratitude to your stakeholders for their contribution in this endeavour.  

Your donation will support families who have been impacted by a workplace tragedy. You are making a difference in the lives of more than 3,000 family members we currently serve, and the many others who will come to us for help in the future. Since 2003, Threads of Life has worked to advance its mission of helping families heal through a community of support and to promote the elimination of life-altering workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths.”

Lynn Danbrook 
Regional Development-Western Canada

We will be announcing our 2021 charity in the next edition of Safety Scene, Biological Hazards, so stay tuned! 

Actsafe Safety In Entertainment Awards

The Actsafe Safety in Entertainment (ASE) Awards is back for its second year and we are calling on you to nominate co-workers, organizations, and individuals that you feel prioritized safety within the arts and entertainment industries. 

The six awards recognize individuals and organizations who were ambassadors and pioneers for safety over the course of the year in the industries that Actsafe supports.  

To find out more about the awards, the categories, and to nominate visit our ASE Awards webpage

WorkSafeBC Student Video Contest

The 2021 WorkSafeBC Student Safety Video Contest has just launched. The theme of this year’s contest — I am doing my part — challenges students to create a self-filmed video (maximum two minutes) that explores how young workers can stop the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in the workplace. 

You can enter the contest if you’re a B.C. student in grades 8 to 12 with a teacher or youth organization sponsor. There’s $10,000 in prize money to be awarded to the winning students and their schools or youth organizations. 

Bonus Prize 
One lucky creative student will win the Actsafe Aspiring Filmmaker Award, which includes tickets to the 2022 Actsafe Entertainment Safety Conference, screening of the film at a future Directors Guild of Canada event, and more! For more details, visit actsafe.ca

Happy Holidays from the Actsafe Team

2020 has been a unique year and one filled with challenges that we have all faced together. Thank you, our members, for your perseverance and patience throughout the year. The Actsafe team has been and always will be there to support you and we would like to wish all of you a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season. 

The Actsafe offices will be closed from December 23rd through to January 4th. While the team will not be immediately available, we will be monitoring our emails for any communications that may require an immediate response. Anything that is not urgent will be dealt with upon our return to business in January. 

If you experience a worksite emergency, contact WorkSafeBC. Their Prevention Information Line is 1.888.621.7233. 

Monthly Updates, December 2020

November has been a busy month for the Actsafe team with the release of updated Provincial Health Orders filling our inboxes with questions from our industries. We thank everyone for their patience during this time as we navigate through the PHO information to find the best answers for you. 

In this Monthly Updates, you will find information on a BCIT OH&S student program, an article on a sound technician’s experience working with hearing loss, a course update, and the new Actsafe Gives Back giveaway! 

Looking forward to 2021, the Actsafe Entertainment Safety Conference planning is underway. Be sure to check out our Sponsorship Package to see how your organization can increase their recognition in the arts and entertainment industries. 

We will see you next month to give you our final updates for 2020!

Stay safe,

The Actsafe Team

The Actsafe Entertainment Safety Conference is back in 2021 and this time we are going virtual!

Would you like to present a session?

Have you an interesting session idea that you’d like to present? Actsafe is seeking diverse, interactive, and engaging proposals for 90-minute presentations and panel discussions.

The session proposal deadline is this Friday, November 27 so submit your session proposal here today! 

Would you like to sponsor?

Increase your brand recognition within the arts and entertainment industries and the health and safety community! 

Our Sponsorship Package is now available to view and highlights how our virtual platform Remo gives your organization great exposure and even the opportunity to meet our attendees on the virtual tradeshow floor!

If you would like to sponsor and support the conference this year, please reach out to Actsafe’s Marketing and Communications Specialist, Jennifer, at jenniferlane@actsafe.ca.  

More information coming soon so be sure to subscribe to our AESC mailing list for updates here.

Provincial Health Orders

On November 19, the PHO suspended all events and community-based gatherings as defined in the November 10 Order. Actsafe’s Manager of Performing Arts Programs and Services, Don Parman, has made notes about this update which you can read here: actsafe.ca/actsafes-notes-on-the-latest-pho/  

We continue to monitor the information coming from the province and the PHO. If you have any questions, please email Don Parman and Will Heller at performingartssafety@actsafe.ca and they will attempt to answer them. 

Actsafe Office Temporarily Closes

In light of recent PHO Orders and the increase in COVID-19 cases, the Actsafe office is closed and the team is working remotely. If you would like to connect with the team or visit the office, please reach out via phone, LiveChat, or email. 

We have suspended all in-house classes but continue to train our members virtually. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for course announcements.  

Actsafe Gives Back

2020 has been a challenging year for the arts and entertainment industries due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Actsafe wants to give back.  

We are giving away free Actsafe course packages to deserving members of our industries that are nominated by you!  

There will be four course packages to choose from: 

  1. Get into Motion Picture 

  1. Security 

  1. Grip/Electric/Set Dec 

  1. Refresher 

Nominations will be open from December 1 and more information will be released on our social media pages next week so keep an eye out for that.

MPGSA101 Update

On December 14, Actsafe’s online Motion Picture Safety 101 – General Safety Awareness course will be automatically updated. 

If you are in the process of completing this course and you have not completed the course by then, the course will reset itself with the updated version and you will lose all progress.

To avoid losing all progress to date, please complete the course BEFORE December 14, 2020.

If you have any questions, please email info@actsafe.ca. 

COVID-19 Support Program

Did you know that Iridia Medical 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? 

Actsafe is partnering with Iridia Medical to bring their COVID-19 Support Program to Actsafe’s members at a special discounted rate. 

The four services available are: 

  • Onsite Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing 

  • COVID–19 Compliance Officer Mentorship 

  • Onsite Iridia COVID–19 Compliance Officer 

  • Iridia’s Advisory Services 

 To find out more, visit actsafe.ca

BCIT's OH&S Program Review Project

As part of their graduation requirement, OHS students have to conduct a full Safety Program Review (SPR) for a work site from January-May. As part of this review, students look at seven or more safety program elements (most of which are required under the OHS legislation) and conduct a thorough assessment on how well those elements are developed for the worksite. 

Ideally, the project site should have: 

  • 50-100 workers. If a project site is not that big, students can include 1-2 project sites plus the main head office in their assessment to meet these numbers.  

  • of the total workers, 20-30 workers/supervisors available for scheduled interviews (5 –10 minute interviews)- can be done virtually if needed 

  • would also need workers to complete a simple yes/no questionnaire about their OHS program (~2 minutes each)- can also be done virtually if needed 

For more information about this program, contact Gurleen Bhatia at gbhatia1@bcit.ca.  

Working Alone App

Do you have staff who work alone and you’re concerned for their safety while out on the job? Maybe they’re working in isolation at night? Or, do you have workers performing jobs in potentially dangerous situations?

Actsafe has partnered with SafetyLine Lone Worker, an affordable and automated worker monitoring tool to protect your team members who are working alone, isolation or in potentially dangerous situations and SafetyLine is offering 50% off of its service to Actsafe members.

Hearing Loss in Live Events Industry

An opinion column written by Swann Barrat, a professional sound technician in Vancouver, was published by CBC News on November 24. Swann details what it is like working with hearing loss in the live events industry and the stigma around it.

Safety Scene Advertising Opportunities

The next edition of Safety Scene is your final opportunity to support our 2020 chosen charity Threads of Life by submitting an advertisement to our newsletter. 100% of all ad revenue is donated to this incredible organization.  

Prices

1/4 Page $210  

1/3 Page $320  

1/2 Page $425  

Full Page $520 

Reach out to Actsafe’s Marketing and Communications Specialist, Jennifer, at jenniferlane@actsafe.ca for more details before December 1. 

The Actsafe team will be offline for the holidays from December 23, 2020 until January 4, 2021. 

In case of any urgent issues during this time, please reach out to the Safety Team (see below).

If you experience a worksite emergency, contact WorkSafeBC. Their Prevention Information Line is 1.888.621.7233.

Monthly Updates, November 2020

October has been a busy month for Actsafe with the release of a new COVID-19 safety course, the development of a checklist to assist with COVID-19 Safety Plans, and an updated Provincial Health Order. 

In this Monthly Updates, you will find information about all of the above, as well as a number of upcoming webinars, Actsafe course dates, and a reminder about the Actsafe Entertainment Safety Conference session proposal deadline. You also have the chance to win a $50 Skip the Dishes gift card if you participated in Actsafe Injury Prevention Week!

We will see you next month for our final newsletter of 2020!

Stay safe,

The Actsafe Team

Actsafe is pleased to announce that we have created a new course for the arts and entertainment industries – COVID-19 Safety Procedures!  

This FREE online course provides a general overview for workers in British Columbia’s arts and entertainment production industries on how to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 on their worksites. 

This course takes only 30 minutes and is mobile friendly.  

Owner Checklist for Organizer Responsibilities

Actsafe has developed a new template to help guide an owner, operator, or venue during the evaluation of a potential organizer, renter, or promoter’s COVID-19 Safety Plan. It has been created in consideration of the Gatherings and Events Order of British Columbia (October 9, 2020)

Thank you to everyone who took part in Actsafe Injury Prevention Week 2020. You will now find recordings of all our webinars, their supporting slides, and mental health resources on the AIP Week website by clicking the button below.

Upcoming Courses

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Actsafe is committed to providing a safe environment for our employees, members, and visitors, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Before attending Actsafe’s in-house courses you must read our COVID-19 protocols.  

Virtual:

Motion Picture Safety For Supervisors – Nov 23-24
Motion Picture Industry Orientation – Nov 28-29

In-House:

Occupational First Aid Level One (max. 6 people) – Nov 4th, 18th, 25th
Joint Health & Safety Committee Training – Nov 19
 

*These courses are planned based on current COVID-19 data available and are subject to change. 

Mass Gatherings and Events Orders

During the COVID-19 pandemic, B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer has been releasing Mass Gatherings and Events Orders.  

You will find the most current Order and all previous Orders on the Actsafe website along with comparison documents that show the differences between the previous Order and the most recent Order.

The Actsafe Entertainment Safety Conference is going virtual,

February 26-27, 2021.  

Would you like to present a session? 
You can submit a session proposal before November 27, 2020, by completing the form here.

If you would like to sponsor and support the AESC this year, please reach out to Actsafe’s Marketing and Communications Specialist, Jennifer, at jenniferlane@actsafe.ca.  

More information coming soon so be sure to subscribe to our AESC mailing list for updates here.

Psychological Support Toolkit

Psychological support toolkit

Actsafe is a supporting association of Work to Wellness and BCMSA’s Psychological Support Toolkit for Workers and Employers: COVID-19 and Part 5 of the virtual summit is this Thursday, October 29 at 10 am. 

In this session, Diana Vissers will host a panel of industry leaders who will provide their lens on COVID-19 and the effects on mental health and wellness in the workplace. The panel will include representatives from the following leading industry sectors: 

  • Dave Earle, President and CEO of the BC Trucking Association 

  • Lorrie Ward, Secretary-Treasurer and Principal Officer of Teamsters Local Union No. 155 

  • Nikki Caulfield, General Manager Corporate Services City of Coquitlam 

  • Darin Hughes President of SCOTT Construction Group 

  • Sam Chauhan Manager, Occupational Health & Safety City of Surrey 

For more information and to register visit actsafe.ca

COVID-19 Support Program

Did you know that Iridia Medical 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? 

Actsafe is partnering with Iridia Medical to bring their COVID-19 Support Program to Actsafe’s members at a special discounted rate. 

The four services available are: 

  • Onsite Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing 

  • COVID–19 Compliance Officer Mentorship 

  • Onsite Iridia COVID–19 Compliance Officer 

  • Iridia’s Advisory Services 

 To find out more, visit actsafe.ca

Road Safety At Work Webinar

Winter driving presents unique challenges as drivers deal with seasonal weather, colder temperatures, and shorter daylight hours. Therefore, Road Safety At Work is holding a free, one-hour webinar ‘Shift into Winter: Practical BC Winter Driving Tips’ on November 4 at 11 am.  

This complimentary webinar is for anyone who drives during their work week. It will also be of value to owners, managers, supervisors, health and safety practitioners, safety committee members and others who have responsibility for making decisions and developing programs to keep employees safe on BC roads. 

For more information contact Angelina Robinson at Angelina.robinson@roadsafetyatwork.ca

Sustainable Production Forum

The Sustainable Production Forum (SPF) focuses on the pressing issue of sustainability within the motion picture and entertainment industry and this year the event is virtual. 

The final SPF webinar, Producers on Sustainability, is this Wednesday, October 28th at 11 am and is open for registration now.

The Actsafe office will be closed and the team will be offline to honour Remembrance Day on Wednesday, November 11 and will return on Thursday, November 12 at 9am. 

If you experience a worksite emergency, contact WorkSafeBC. Their Prevention Information Line is 1.888.621.7233. 

Safety Scene Advertising Opportunities

Safety Scene is Actsafe’s quarterly newsletter, which is sent out to our subscriber list and then shared with the public at large through our social media channels and website. We also mail out a physical copy to a curated stakeholder list of over 150 industry organizations. If that wasn’t enough, 100% of the revenue generated from the advertisements will be donated to our chosen charity.

Dec. 29th – System Upgrades

We will be upgrading our course system emails tomorrow, December 29th, to better serve our stakeholders. Please bear with us if you experience any technical issues today. If you have any queries, please email communications@actsafe.ca.

2021 WorkSafeBC Student Safety Video Contest

The 2021 WorkSafeBC Student Safety Video Contest has just launched. The theme of this year’s contest — I am doing my part — challenges students to create a self-filmed video (maximum two minutes) that explores how young workers can stop the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in the workplace. 

You can enter the contest if you’re a B.C. student in grades 8 to 12 with a teacher or youth organization sponsor. There’s one category for students in grades 8 to 10 and one for students in grades 11 and 12. There’s $10,000 in prize money to be awarded to the winning students and their schools or youth organizations. Entries will be judged on the impact of their safety message, original creative concept, and technical execution. The top entry will win additional prize money from the Focus on Safety Youth Video Contest and compete for additional prizes in its national competition, with support from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS). 

Bonus Prize 

One lucky creative student will win the Actsafe Aspiring Filmmaker Award, which includes tickets to the 2022 Actsafe Entertainment Safety Conference, screening of the film at a future Directors Guild of Canada event, and more! For more details, visit actsafe.ca. (Note: only live-action production will be considered for the Actsafe award.) 

Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 5:00 p.m

For more information on the contest visit worksafebc.com/en/health-safety/education-training-certification/young-new-worker/student-safety-video-contest.

Wishing you Happy Holidays from the Actsafe Team

2020 has been a unique year and one filled with challenges that we have all faced together. Thank you, our members, for your perseverance and patience throughout the year. The Actsafe team has been and always will be there to support you and we would like to wish all of you a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season.
 
The Actsafe offices will be closed from December 23rd through to January 4th. While the team will not be immediately available, we will be monitoring our emails for any communications that may require an immediate response. Anything that is not urgent will be dealt with upon our return to business in January.
 
If you experience a worksite emergency, contact WorkSafeBC. Their Prevention Information Line is 1.888.621.7233.
 
#HappyHolidays #artsandentertainment #motionpicture #performingarts #liveevents

New Actsafe Gives Back Initiative is Launched!

CALLING ALL MOTION PICTURE AND PERFORMING ARTS INDUSTRY WORKERS

Know someone that’s been struggling this year? Has work dried up due to COVID-19? Need help with upgrading your safety training? Actsafe has an opportunity for you. 

We’re launching Actsafe Gives Back, a program that will allow disadvantaged workers from the arts and entertainment industries access to safety training they might not be able to afford during this time. Whether you’re transferring from other industries like performing arts or live events, looking to start a career in the motion picture production industry or are a veteran of the industry, Actsafe Gives Back has a training package for you. 

Choose from one of four training packages below and nominate yourself, or someone you think is deserving.

Qualifying criteria, nomination form, and further details can be found here.

Actsafe’s Notes on the latest Provincial Health Order

November 23, 2020

Thank you all for your patience. It’s been a busy few days since the province has issued its latest restrictions on social gatherings and the Actsafe team has been working hard to get up to speed. Below is updated guidance based on the most recent provincial and regional guidelines. 

  • Live Streaming Productions can continue if: 
    • No audience, patrons, or guests – a closed worksite. 
    • Only participants that are required are in attendance (i.e., keep the number of people as low as possible!). 
    • Masks are worn as they are now required, except as necessary for performance. 
    • Daily health checks (verbal or written) are completed and included in their existing COVID-19 Safety Plan. More information is available here. 
    • All COVID plans are updated and executed in accordance with the PHO order. 
  • All events and community-based gatherings as defined in the PHO order – Gatherings and Events are suspended. 
  • No social gatherings of any size at your residence with anyone other than your household or core bubble. 
  • provincewide restrictions webpage has been developed to add clarity by the province which is found here. 

All of these guidelines are likely to change, so stay tuned for updates. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to Don and Will at performingartssafety@actsafe.ca.

WorkSafeBC COVID-19 Resources

Below you will find a list of WorkSafeBC resources to guide employers through occupational health and safety during the current pandemic and to ensure that appropriate protocols are in place to protect workers from the risk of transmission.

WorkSafeBC Resources

WorkSafeBC has released two new resources to help employers and workers navigate the mental health effects of COVID-19 in the workplace:

COVID-19 Health & Safety – Cleaning and Disinfecting resource here.

This new resource clarifies the use of face shields in the workplace, here.

Reviewing and Updating COVID-19 Safety Plans: A Guide for Employers. This guide was developed to walk employers through the process of reviewing and updating their COVID-19 Safety Plans, as required by the Nov 7 PHO order to FHA and VCHA employers, and asked of from all employers in the province by Dr. Henry in her press briefings.

Controlling Exposure – Assessing risk and controlling exposure – here.

Motion picture and television production: Protocols for returning to operation – here

Safety Plan App – find it here.

Performing Arts protocols for returning to operations – more details here.

WorkSafeBC deferring quarterly premium payments for an additional quarter – more details here.

COVID-19 Signage – occupancy limit, handwashing, reducing the risk of spreading the virus etc. posters from WorkSafeBC can be found here.

Additional support for employers impacted by COVID-19 – WorkSafeBC is waiving premiums for employers who are approved to receive the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) for furloughed workers (employees on leave with full or partial pay). Click here for further information.

Preventing exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace; a guide for employers – Orders from the provincial health officer (PHO) and guidance to employers and businesses provided by them BC Centre of Disease Control represent the minimum standard that employers must meet, to comply with obligations to ensure worker health and safety. This guide for employers provides questions you should ask to address health and safety concerns in the workplace raised by COVID-19.

Staying Safe At Work – Appropriate preventative measures should be in place for workers who continue to work during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. Click here for WorkSafeBC’s workplace protections to consider.

COVID-19 and Q1 2020 payment deferrals for employers – Chris Back, Director of OHS Consultation & Education Services, WorkSafeBC released the following comminqué: COVID-19 and Q1 2020 payment deferrals for employers.

COVID-19 and returning to safe operation – Phase 2 – WorkSafeBC recognizes the importance of worker safety as businesses look to resume operations following COVID-19 related work stoppages or interruptions. The following materials provide employers with information and resources to assist them in ensuring the risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 is minimized at their workplace: worksafebc.com/en/about-us/covid-19-updates/covid-19-returning-safe-operation

Rosa Survey of Workplace Sexual Harassment

Rosa is Canada’s first national digital platform centralizing the laws around sexual harassment; breaking down information about;

  • what to expect if you report,
  • how to protect yourself and
  • how to prepare.

Rosa is there to help you navigate how legal systems work and where to find help. Rosa empowers you to stay safe, healthy and in control.

This is a survey about workplace sexual harassment in the performing arts, film, and television industries designed for short term gig workers. Essentially, if you’re a performing artist or crew member, or support staff on a production, this is for you. If you’re a contract worker and believe that your work fits, then please contribute. If you’re a Canadian working outside of the country, Rosa would love to hear from you too.

“This historic survey is asking you what kind of changes you want to see in your workplace and what kind of barriers around reporting and accessing legal systems you’ve experienced. We’re asking these questions, because you, the worker, have lived through this. Your voice needs to be heard in order to direct the change you want to see in your workplace. 2020 has been rough. We, the arts workers, the contract workers are struggling to pay bills, stay healthy, and ensure that our human rights are protected regardless of skin colour. We have a long way to go.” – Rosa website

Safety Scene Newsletter – Fall 2020: Ergonomics

This quarter’s theme is Ergonomics

Ergonomics looks at designing a job to fit the worker to make the work safer and help the worker perform the job well. Ergonomics is often spoken about in relation to body aches and pains from sitting, however, it is much bigger than this. We must also look at other factors such as lighting, fatigue, and repetitive actions that may be impacting how ergonomically sound the work is. We hope that this edition of Safety Scene will help educate you on how to make your workplace — be it on a production, in the office, or at home — safer.
 
Also, do you want to know the dates of our fifth annual Actsafe Entertainment Safety Conference? You will find all the up-to-date information inside!

To begin reading, click here.

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We want to hear from you!

We appreciate any feedback you may have. Maybe you’d like to write an article for our next edition? For content and advertising opportunities, please email Jennifer at jenniferlane@actsafe.ca.

Monthly Updates, September 2020

Virtual Actsafe Injury Prevention Week Is Almost Here

There is less than one month to go until the third annual Actsafe Injury Prevention Week and this year’s theme is ‘MIND Your Health: Mental Health Awareness’.

From September 21-25, Actsafe and a host of mental health experts will be holding two free webinars daily to try to help fight the stigma of mental health by opening up the conversation.

Webinar topics include the mental health effects of COVID-19, sleep deprivation, financial stress, and many more.  

Webinars will be announced on our social media platforms in September so be sure to follow our FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn for updates. 

#AIPWeek2020 

Pandemic Production Guide

Developed by employers and workers in BC’s motion picture production industry, the newly-published BC Motion Picture Industry COVID-19 Pandemic Production Guide will provide the industry with department and work area-specific information on best practices in returning to operations safely.

You will also find each of the individual guidelines from this production guide on our COVID-19 resources webpage.  

Before returning to operations, employers must have a safety plan in place to deal specifically with the COVID-19 hazard in their workplaces. Does your plan make sense? 

Upload your Motion Picture or Performing Arts and Live Events safety plan and one of Actsafe’s safety advisors will endeavour to provide feedback within 72 hours.

Find our full offering of resources via the button below, including posters, mental health resources, WorkSafeBC updates, and notices from the Ministry of Health, British Columbia:

Virtual and In-House Courses

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In September, we are holding both virtual and in-house classes*. Here are the upcoming course dates:

Virtual:

Motion Picture Safety For Supervisors – September 2 and 3
Motion Picture Industry Orientation – September 5 and 6

In-House:

Occupational First Aid Level One (max. 6 people) – September 14, 21, 28

Courses are announced via our social media platforms so follow our FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn for updates. If you have any questions, feel free to email info@actsafe.ca.

*These courses are planned based on current COVID-19 data available and are subject to change.  

Psychological Support Toolkit

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Actsafe is a supporting association of Work to Wellness and BC Municipal Safety Association’s Psychological Support Toolkit for Workers and Employers: COVID-19.

The Psychological Support Toolkit will include a 5 Part – Virtual Summit bringing together industry experts and creating an intimate dialogue on their recommendations in light of COVID-19. In addition, this comprehensive resource will provide information packs, checklists, access to free quality resources, recordings of the 5-part virtual summit, and access to an online discussion forum where participants can network, exchange ideas, and ask questions with both peers and industry experts.

#COVIDToolkit

Did you know that Actsafe members can get special offers for SafetyLine’s Lone Worker app through our partnership? Reach out to info@actsafe.ca to find out more 

SafetyLine has also published a number of articles that we think would be helpful for you and your organization in navigating the pandemic, including:

8 Considerations for Reducing Risk for Your Workers in a COVID-19 Environment
Safety and Key Elements to Successful Working Relationships with Remote Teams
Biological Hazards in the Home for Remote Workers

To read more articles and to see the list of services SafetyLine provides, visit their website here.

COVID-19 Support Program

Did you know that Iridia Medical offers asymptomatic COVID-19 testing to support you in keeping your production safe? 

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. 

There are four services available: 

1. Onsite Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing
2. COVID-19 Compliance Officer Mentorship  
3. Onsite Iridia COVID-19 Compliance Officer
4. Iridia’s Advisory Services

Road Safety At Work Webinar

Road Safety At Work is holding a free, one hour webinar “At the Crossroads – How to travel through intersections safely” on September 23 at 11 am. 

This webinar is for anyone who drives during their workday or manages staff who do. It will be especially appealing to owners, managers, supervisors, health and safety practitioners, Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee members and others who have responsibility for making decisions and developing programs to keep employees safe on BC roads.

For more information contact Angelina Robinson at Angelina.robinson@roadsafetyatwork.ca.

Contest Time!

Do you live life in fast-forward, slow motion, or rewind? To celebrate the release of Christopher Nolan’s #TENET, Warner Bros. Canada is challenging you to unleash your inner-filmmaker!

Submit a 55-second time-bending video for a chance to win $10,000 and be featured on Etalk and in the Cineplex Pre-Show in select theatres across Canada! Visit warnerbroscanada.com/InspiredByTenet for more info. The contest closes September 7th.

#TENET opens in theatres in Canada on August 26!

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and safe Labour Day weekend!

The Actsafe team will be offline on Monday, September 7th and will return on Tuesday, September 8th.

If you experience a worksite emergency, contact WorkSafeBC. Their Prevention Information Line is 1.888.621.7233.

Safety Scene - Ergonomics

Landing in your inboxes next month is our quarterly newsletter, Safety Scene, and the theme is ergonomics.

Final call to submit an advertisement for this newsletter!
Reach out to Actsafe’s Marketing and Communications Specialist, Jennifer, at jenniferlane@actsafe.ca before September 4 with your request. 100% of the revenue raised from 2020’s advertisements goes to Threads of Life.

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 is a dynamic document and updates will be made as more is known about this virus and how these guidelines need to be adjusted to help ensure worker safety.

Individual Guidelines:

Subscribe to our COVID-19 Resource Updates for the most current information.

Monthly Updates, August 2020

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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 

In the midst of COVID-19, Actsafe has curated a selection of resources we believe to be of value to the arts and entertainment industries. As your occupational health and safety association, we endeavour to continue to share articles and knowledge in the hope of keeping you, our stakeholders, informed. 

You will find a number of different resources on the Actsafe website including: 

  • British Columbia Motion Picture Industry COVID-19 Safety Guidelines 

  • Performing Arts Industry Relaunch Framework 

  • Live Event Relaunch Framework 

  • Safety Plan Submission Forms 

  • WorkSafeBC Resources 

  • And more… 

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Iridia Medical 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. 

There are three services available: 

  1. COVID-19 Compliance Officer Mentorship  
  2. Onsite Iridia COVID-19 Compliance Officer
  3. Iridia’s Advisory Services

Actsafe Courses - Virtual and In-House

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In an effort to keep training our members, Actsafe has been holding virtual editions of our courses. These courses are announced via social media.

Upcoming:

Motion Picture Industry Orientation – August 1 and 2 
Motion Picture Safety For Supervisors – August dates TBD
 


We understand that some hands-on courses cannot be taught virtually and therefore, we are pleased to announce that in September we will be holding three of our most popular courses in-house with limited capacity*:

Occupational First Aid Level One (max. 6 people) 
Firearm Safety Level One (max. 8 people) 
Joint Health and Safety Committee Fundamentals (max. 8 people) 


Registration will open mid-August and will be announced via social media. Follow our FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn for updates. If you have any questions, feel free to email info@actsafe.ca

We look forward to welcoming you all back at our office to attend courses! 

*These courses are planned based on current COVID-19 data available and are subject to change.  

Our Team is Growing

To further support the motion picture industry, Actsafe is happy to announce that we have a new addition to our team  – Natalli Dias as Industry Safety Advisor, Motion Picture. Welcome, Natalli! 

If you would like to learn more about Natalli and all the Actsafe team you can do so here.

Board of Directors

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We would like to welcome Rob Larson to the position of Motion Picture Worker Representative on Actsafe’s Board of Directors. We look forward to Rob’s extensive industry experience guiding us forward. 

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Tom Adair, who has stepped down from his role as Motion Picture Worker Representative. Thank you, Tom, for your many years of service on the Board of Directors and we wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

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RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards

Actsafe’s Executive Director Manu Nellutla has been shortlisted as one of the finalists for the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards. 

“Canada is a great example for welcoming immigrants who continue to make huge contributions to the Canadian society. I am extremely honoured to be shortlisted for this award along with the other amazing Canadians.” – Manu Nellutla 

To vote for Manu, click here.

Voting ends August 7, 2020. 

Safety Scene

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Did you read last quarter’s Safety Scene? The theme was mental health and included articles from 

Dr. Joti Samra, R. Psych., MyWorkplaceHealth 
Natasha Tony, Elevate Inclusion Strategies 
Megan Gilron, The Professional Society of Canadian Intimacy Coordinators and Directors 
Anand Kanna, Actsafe Safety Association 
Don Parman, Actsafe Safety Association 

Next quarter’s theme is ergonomics and there are some ways that you can get involved: 

  1. Would you like to contribute an ergonomics article? Reach out to Jennifer at jenniferlane@actsafe.ca before August 14 to discuss your idea. 

  1. If you would like to submit an advertisement for this newsletter, where 100% of the revenue raised goes to Threads of Life, the deadline is September 4.

2019 Annual Report

2019 was a year of change for Actsafe Safety Association as it entered into its third decade in operation. Many new faces joined the team including new leadership, both of the team and the Board of Directors. Important initiatives and resources were created to support the arts and entertainment industries in British Columbia including two new courses, an even larger conference, and the introduction of the Actsafe Safety Café. 

This annual report highlights the impact of the work that Actsafe does and notes how the work is made possible through the unwavering commitment and support of its stakeholders. 

2019 Annual Report  

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and safe British Columbia Day weekend!

The Actsafe team will be offline on Monday, August 3rd and will return on Tuesday, August 4th.

If you experience a worksite emergency, contact WorkSafeBC. Their Prevention Information Line is 1.888.621.7233.

Order of the Provincial Health Officer – Food Service Establishments, Liquor Services and Events

Order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO): Food Service Establishments, Liquor Services, and Events.

This Order is to owners and operators of premises, including licensed premises, in which food services or drink services are provided. In this Order you will also find conditions that apply to the hosting of events on premises.  

Click here to read the Order.

You can find other Provincial Orders on our curated COVID-19 Resource page here.

Email Upgrades, July 17 – 20

The Actsafe team will be unavailable by email from Friday, July 17 at 6pm until Monday, July 20 at 10am as we move email hosting services. 

If you could please refrain from emailing the Actsafe team during this time as there is the possibility that any new emails will be lost in the transition.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused during this time. 

If you experience a worksite emergency, contact WorkSafeBC. Their Prevention Information Line is 1.888.621.7233.

You are not alone: My story

Mental health is still a difficult discussion. For those that suffer from mental health issues, there is still a stigma attached.

– Don Parman, Manager of Performing Arts Programs and Services, Actsafe Safety Association

My story. I don’t tell it to gain sympathy. I don’t tell it to make a political statement. I tell it to help open the door a little bit further for the next generation of live event technicians.

Most people have no idea that I have struggled with anxiety and depression since my early teens. In my case, it manifested itself as violent physical outbreaks. Thankfully, it was never directed at people but inanimate objects. Hitting, throwing, and breaking was the pressure release valve for anxiety and anger. Throughout my elementary years and into high school I struggled to keep friends and relationships because of my erratic reactions to often simple issues. There was little to no help within the school system in the ‘80s and ‘90s. What little was available was so limited that it never had any effect on my situation.

Skip to March 2, 1996, and while I was coming home from the wedding reception of a good friend, I was assaulted. Blindsided as I exited a 7-Eleven, they knocked me out by kicking my head into the curb outside the front doors as my girlfriend (now spouse of 23 years) watched helplessly from the taxi. No MRI. No follow-up. No counselling.

I was released the next day but the effects would linger for years.

Forward to 2003. Now married with two amazing kids, we realized it was time for help. While my colleagues rarely saw the outbursts, they continued at home. This had to change. Stacey and I embarked on a mission to get me help. This is where things get really interesting. Because I wasn’t a threat to myself, my family, or the public, I was thrown into a system that has no place for me.

Since then I have been on waitlists for over three years for subsidized treatment, only to get one session a month for a maximum of a year. We added to our mortgage to afford paid professional help. That help took six to eight months to find, only to have them decline my appointments because of my insane schedule.

When I finally had benefits through my employers, I was able to utilise the Employee Assistance Program’s counselling services, but again, they were designed for people that were a threat to themselves or others. I attended six sessions and was then referred to a waitlist for further treatment. I’m still looking for help today.

It’s not all bad news. Out of all these experiences, I have found tools that do help. My family being number one, but the general theatre community has been a major resource for me and I, in turn, hope that I can be a resource to the community.

The irony in all of this is that I write this during a pandemic lockdown which has given me a rare opportunity to truly work on my own mental wellness. I do not think I could have written this piece six weeks ago. Exercise, reduced work hours, and more time with my support system (Stacey, Kaleb, and Shelby) has me in a better mind space than I have been in in years which is interesting!

This article was written for our quarterly newsletter, Safety Scene. You can find a link to the full edition below.

Click here for the full Summer 2020 Edition of Safety Scene.

The Critical Importance of Psychologically Healthy & Safe Work Environments in the Era of COVID-19

COVID-19 has had significant impacts on every facet of our lives – and while we are working hard to ensure we are engaging in distancing and cleanliness to ensure physical health and safety, how many of us are tending to the psychological health impacts of COVID-19?

– Dr. Joti Samra, R. Psych, MyWorkplaceHealth

Preliminary data suggests that — just a few short months post announcement of the pandemic — rates of depression are doubling, anxiety quadrupling, and alcohol consumption is up 25%.

Furthermore, COVID-19 has had significant impacts on every single work environment — and by extension every worker, irrespective of sector or industry. The myriad impacts include uncertainty about job stability or future; layoffs (anticipated or feared); working fewer hours (or in some cases longer hours); and working from home — just to name a few. All of these changes have the ability to affect one’s mental health and are important to pay attention to, given that meaningful work and purpose is one of the most important contributors to our mental health.

For many, the fading distinction between our ‘personal’ vs. ‘work’ environments has contributed to an enhanced risk of burnout as one no longer provides a reprieve from the other. For example, an argument with a partner becomes difficult to escape as you no longer have the option to get some ‘time out’ by going to work; conversely, you may now be spending too much time thinking about work when you are home because your living area has turned into your work area.

Getting back to work

Since May, Canada has lessened isolation/quarantine measures, resulting in a return to pre-COVID work and life. Getting back to work can be both a blessing and a curse. For some, there may be excitement about getting back to a predictable routine. However, the majority (57%) of Canadians continue to be stressed out about leaving the house, and only 40% are comfortable going back to work.

For many people, this means finding the notion of going back to work incredibly confusing and anxiety-inducing. On one hand, people want to go back to the old normal where they could work, hug family and friends, or eat at a restaurant without worry. But on the other hand, people know the virus is still circulating, which brings anxiety about one’s own safety as well as the safety of others.

What employees and employers can do

In addition to ensuring physical distancing and hygiene/cleanliness protocols according to our leading health and government agencies, there are a number of things employees and employers can do to manage the stress associated with returning to work.

  1. Acknowledge and communicate that this is a stressful time.For employees who are anxious about returning to work, clearly and directly express your concerns to your employer (your direct supervisor or manager, or human resources). Know that as an employee, you have the right to a psychologically safe work environment. As an employer, make sure you prioritize psychological health and safety by speaking about it.
  2. Connect one-to-one and take the time to understand individual circumstances. Almost half of working Canadians have indicated their employer has not even asked them how COVID-19 has impacted them. Find out what unique situations and challenges employees are facing — including personal or family pre-existing health concerns, and parenting challenges and demands. Be flexible and adaptable where possible.
  3. Let people continue to work from home if this does not cause undue hardship. If employees are able to be effective at working from home and prefer to do so, let them continue until they are comfortable coming back.
  4. Offer more flexible work arrangements. To the degree possible, work around other demands employees are facing – including personal and childcare demands. This can build both trust and loyalty.
  5. Do regular beginning and end of shift check-ins. Ask your employees what they require to be and feel safe, and be open to input and feedback on changes you can make in the work environment.
  6. Disseminate information on psychological health and resilience to all employees. There are many free, high quality, evidence-based resources that exist – providing these to your entire workforce can be a cost-effective way to allow employees to self-select resources that would be helpful if they are struggling. MyWorkplaceHealth.com has many free resources for employees and employers alike, including free webinars, handouts, and worksheets.

Our resources include:

  • Our Psychological Health and Resilience toolkit contains a package of resources all oriented around enhancing your overall psychological health. Sign up for a free copy and join our community!
  • Please see our digital download page with access to many reading guides, worksheets and beyond.
  • We post blogs on our MyWorkplaceHealth site with relevant mental health in the workplace and psychological health and safety topics which you can access here and on our Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych & Associates site on psychological health, wellness & resilience topics here.
  • We share videos on common mental health topics on our YouTube channel here including free webinars here.

This article was written for our quarterly newsletter, Safety Scene. You can find a link to the full edition below.

Click here for the full Summer 2020 Edition of Safety Scene.

Listen

When I was in high school, everyone joked that I was a great therapist. My friends would always come and talk to me about their problems. Siblings, relationships, assignments, no matter what, they turned to me to be their sounding board. To them I was known as “The Ear”.

– Anand Kanna, Manager of Motion Picture Programs and Services, Actsafe Safety Association

Most left our “sessions” feeling much better about their situations, with a clearer, rosier outlook on life. And it wasn’t because of anything I said. I offered no advice or amazing insight into their problems. After all, I didn’t have any more experience or knowledge than my friends, being a teenager in secondary school and all. So, what did I do that made people feel better?

Listen.

Whether it was in front of my locker, in the cafeteria at lunch, or on the drive home dropping off my friends, I just listened to them clear their minds or pour their hearts out, giving them an ear to talk their way through things. And it seemed to work. My friends were happier at the end of it, and life kept moving forward with my cohort surviving through graduation. And it continued through post-secondary. My best friend and I ended up at the same college, and we took classes scheduled in the evening. After that, we would hop in my car, and even though we lived a short drive away from the college, it would take more than an hour to get home. During that time, my friend would rant and rave about everything that bothered him while I drove. I didn’t say much, but I was still an active participant in the conversation, and I did what my friend needed me to do.

Listen.

But as time moved forward and life got busy, I seemed to be listening less. Time for my friends seemed to have vanished as home and work life started to encompass all.

Last year, I was lucky enough to attend a fabulous keynote presentation delivered by Stéphane Grenier. Stéphane is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian military, and suffered from PTSD after several overseas missions, including the mission in Rwanda.

I took two things away from Stéphane’s presentation that made me believe we can all help, regardless of what experience in mental health counselling we have. The first one is peer support. As stated on the Mental Health Innovations website (https://mhic-cism.com) “Social support from a person with lived experience can inspire hope and empower others in similar situations”. So being there for each other with non-clinical support is an easy way to help people in their times of need. The second take away from Stéphane’s presentation is something we can all do.

Listen.

We have to take the time to listen to each other. Stéphane’s presentation a year ago re-kindled in me the importance of actively listening to my friends, family and colleagues, to help relieve the stresses in their lives. It may not cure everything, but most of the time people just want to be heard. They might not necessarily need answers at this time. Not every problem requires a solution right now. But by being there to lend an ear, provide a safe space for people to talk their way through their crises, and provide options for additional help, we have more power to help people work their way out of the darkness than we may have realized.

Listen.

It’s something that we don’t do often enough. But to someone in crisis, it could mean everything.

This article was written for our quarterly newsletter, Safety Scene. You can find a link to the full edition below.

Click here for the full Summer 2020 Edition of Safety Scene.

Psychological Safety At Work

Over the past few years, there has been much-required attention on the mental health of our nation, our communities, and – quite frankly – our industry. We’re now taking seriously how to take care of our own mental health and that of the people around us in our increasingly complex world. Systems are racing to catch up and we are only too happy to see a conscious broadening of the scope of Occupational Health and Safety to include Psychological Safety; it’s none too soon.

– Natasha Tony, founder and CEO of Elevate Inclusive Strategies

For the last two decades, I have been focused on Respectful Workplaces with a focus on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. As a labour relations specialist, my work was carved out of the myriad of injustices I have witnessed, that I have been asked to advocate and investigate and ameliorate. And now I educate.

We’re in the midst of a culture shift in our industry – which owes a great deal of gratitude to the courageous people who spoke up with the “MeToo” movement. We’re all far more conscious of privilege or, conversely, discrimination we see on the basis of gender identity, race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sexual orientation, and so on. They are locked into our laws, our safety regulations, our codes of conduct, employer policies, and collective agreements. It would be a good idea to be aware of what they say because the next step is making it real.

Whether or not there is intent, where there is impact there needs to be attention.

Those on the receiving end of intimidation, discrimination, sexual harassment, and bullying and harassment often hold feelings of anger and humiliation, an increased sense of vulnerability and a loss of confidence. There can be an inability to sleep, the onset of depression, and physical symptoms including headaches and body aches. Substance abuse, distress, anxiety, thoughts of suicide – these issues can become life-threatening if left unattended. Unresolved issues can be brought home, increasing family tension and stress and cause distractions that affect workplace productivity, and run the risk of creating workplace safety issues. We don’t want that for ourselves and we don’t want it for our colleagues. It’s got to be called out and it’s got to be stopped.

When we see something, we have to say something.

When I speak of organizational culture, I am referring to the philosophies, attitudes, beliefs, behaviours, and practices that define an organization. This culture can be toxic or what makes the organization inimitably successful. When we are talking about the culture shift of the entertainment industry, think about it as the workplace immune system.

What is in place to ensure that both our physical and psychological health is prioritized to maintain a healthy workplace?

Whether we are workers, supervisors or employers, we all have a responsibility to address injustice. That is, to educate ourselves in what injustice looks like, to be aware of our biases, and to question our own assumptions. And, although it’s hard, we need to be willing to listen when others are willing to speak about actions and attitudes that have a negative impact on them. It’s not always obvious to us. But we’re evolved enough to create space for different lived experiences, and to have empathy for issues that might not be our own.

There is the Golden Rule – which says that we need to treat people the way we want to be treated. When we talk about the culture shift and building a respectful entertainment industry, we are now talking about the Platinum Rule – which says we need to treat others in the way that they would like to be treated.

A respectful workplace is one that is free from discrimination, sexual harassment, bullying and harassment; a work environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, have equal access to opportunities and resources and can contribute fully to the organization’s success. In healthy work environments, differences are acknowledged and valued, communication is open and civil, conflict is addressed early, and there is a culture of empowerment and cooperation.

When individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, stress levels are reduced, and the brain settles into a healthier rhythm.

As we move into a new normal, we could all use a little support and direction. Today’s Respectful Workplace training comes with an anti-discrimination lens. It doubles down on the responsibility of workers, supervisors, and employers to address and eradicate gender, racial, and all other forms of discrimination. It calls for awareness and understanding of the relevant Codes and employer policies and invites commitment to the creation of a culture that benefits the health and welfare of everyone working in the entertainment industry.

This article was written for our quarterly newsletter, Safety Scene. You can find a link to the full edition below.

Click here for the full Summer 2020 Edition of Safety Scene.

Safety Scene Newsletter – Summer 2020: Mental Health

This quarter’s theme is Mental Health.

Mental health can affect daily living, relationships, and physical health. Conditions such as stress, depression, and anxiety can all affect mental health and disrupt a person’s routine. These conditions can be amplified by certain situations, such as a pandemic. We hope that this edition of Safety Scene will help to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health as our contributors share stories of their experiences with mental health, both personally and professionally. 

To begin reading, click here.

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this newsletter, the following organisations may be able to provide help and advice.
Behind The Scenes
Calltime: Mental Health
Mental Health Commission of Canada

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We want to hear from you!

We appreciate any feedback you may have. Maybe you’d like to write an article for our next edition? For content and advertising opportunities, please email Jennifer at jenniferlane@actsafe.ca.

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 COVID-19, these Safety Guidelines have been reviewed by WorkSafeBC and are subject to change.

Additional guidance specific to departmental operations are still being developed, and will be available soon.

Find our full offering of COVID-19 resources, including; posters, mental health resources, WorkSafeBC courses, and notices from the Ministry of Health, British Columbia, here.

Return To Operations – Submission Forms

Safety Plan Submissions

Before returning to operations, employers must have a safety plan in place to deal specifically with the COVID-19 hazard in their workplaces. Does your plan make sense? 

Upload your plan and one of Actsafe’s safety advisors will endeavour to provide feedback within 72 hours.

Submit either your Motion Picture or Performing Arts and Live Events safety plan using the tabs below.

Actsafe provides free safety and health consulting assistance to the motion picture, television, live event and performing arts industries. Our team are available to help guide productions through health and safety issues and deliver Actsafe’s resources to the industry.

   Manager, Motion Picture Programs & Services: Anand Kanna anandkanna@actsafe.ca or call 604 733 4682 Ext. 120.

   Manager, Performing Arts Programs & Services: Don Parman donparman@actsafe.ca or call 604 733 4682 Ext. 112.

   Performing Arts Industry Advisor: Will Heller willheller@actsafe.ca or call 604 733 4682 Ext. 205.

WorkSafeBC Deferring Quarterly Premium Payments.

WorkSafeBC deferring quarterly premium payments for an additional quarter

Release of preliminary base rates for 2021 postponed until fall

Richmond, B.C. (June 8, 2020) — WorkSafeBC today announced that it is extending the deferral period for quarterly premium payments for an additional three months, without penalty or interest.

In order to ensure account balances are correct, employers will still be required to report their payroll for the first and second quarters by July 20, 2020. However, the payments for the first and second quarters will not be due until October 20, 2020, when third-quarter payments are due.

The deferral only impacts employers who are required to report payroll and pay premiums on a quarterly basis. Employers who report annually will not be impacted because they do not report payroll or pay premiums until March 2021.

WorkSafeBC recognizes the challenges many employers are facing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and has taken several measures to support them, including:

·         On March 27, WorkSafeBC announced that first-quarter premiums were deferred until June 30, 2020, without penalty or interest. Approximately 27,000 employers in the province opted to take advantage of the premium-deferral measure.

·         On May 26, WorkSafeBC announced it was waiving premiums on wages paid to furloughed workers of employers receiving the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy. This change was retroactive to the March 15, 2020 start date of the CEWS and will continue for the duration of the program.

Preliminary Base Premium Rates for 2021

WorkSafeBC is postponing the release of its 2021 preliminary rates — and the associated rate consultation sessions — until the fall of this year.

The release of the preliminary rates and consultation sessions were originally scheduled to occur in July, but WorkSafeBC has determined that additional time is required due to the economic uncertainty resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The additional time will provide a better perspective on the prospects for the investment markets and the economy, which is required to complete the year-end forecasting, an integral element in determining next year’s rates.

2019 Annual Report

2019 was a year of change for Actsafe Safety Association as it entered into its third decade in operation. Many new faces joined the team including new leadership, both of the team and the Board of Directors. Important initiatives and resources were created to support the arts and entertainment industries in British Columbia including two new courses, an even larger conference, and the introduction of the Actsafe Safety Café. This annual report highlights the impact of the work that Actsafe does and notes how the work is made possible through the unwavering commitment and support of its stakeholders.

To read 2019’s annual report, please click here: 2019 Annual Report PDF

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 Practices Coalition

To prepare for a return to production, Actsafe’s Manager of Motion Picture Programs and Services, Anand Kanna, is one of the members of the B.C. COVID-19 Best Practices Coalition and the 13 working groups tasked with developing general and work-specific guidance documents. The work of the coalition and the working groups has begun, with resources to be available very soon. Check the Actsafe COVID-19 resource page for updates.

What Would Don Do?

Don Parman, Actsafe’s Manager of Performing Arts Programs and Services, is holding virtual safety chats to give the performing arts and live event industries an opportunity to come together and discuss any safety concerns or issues that they are facing during these testing times.

COVID-19 Resources

In the midst of COVID-19, Actsafe has curated a selection of resources we believe to be of value to the arts and entertainment industries. As your occupational health and safety association, we endeavour to continue to share articles and knowledge in the hope of keeping you, our stakeholders, informed.

Actsafe In-house Courses and Office Updates

At Actsafe, the health and safety of our course participants and the Actsafe team is of the utmost importance. As such, Actsafe will not be holding any in-house courses during the month of June. Leavitt Machinery courses are going ahead as scheduled.

Actsafe is currently developing a phased plan to reopen its office and the resumption of in-house training. Updates will be provided as details become available.

If you have any questions, feel free to email: info@actsafe.ca.

Follow our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for updates.

Calltime Mental Health

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Actsafe reminds you that taking care of mental health is as important as looking after physical health. Coronavirus has plunged the world into uncertainty and this is taking its toll on people’s mental health. We urge everyone to look out for one another during this time.

For those who may be suffering from the stress of this situation, please remember that there are resources through Calltime: Mental Health that can help.

Brain Injury Awareness Month

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month and is an opportunity to bring attention to the effects of brain injuries and the measures to take to help prevent them.

In Canada, brain injury is the number one killer and disabler of people under the age of 44. A concussion is a brain injury. Our latest quarterly newsletter, Safety Scene, focuses on the importance of understanding concussions, the correct steps to take if you or a co-worker hits their head, and finding out first-hand what it is like to suffer from a concussion.

Notice of AGM

Actsafe Safety Association’s 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Tuesday, June 9th at 9.30am by video conference.

National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day 2020. Actsafe would like to acknowledge and honour that our workplace and classrooms are located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Skxwú7mesh (Squamish), S’ólh (Stó:lō), Qayqayt (Qayqayt), (Tsleil-Waututh) and Stz’uminus (Stz’uminus) peoples.

World Environment Day

June 5th is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. This year’s theme is ‘Time for Nature’.

Actsafe is always looking into ways that we can reduce our carbon footprint in the organisation, our practices, and in how we support our industries. See our Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives here.

WorkSafeBC announces additional support for employers impacted by COVID-19

Assessment payments under the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program.

WorkSafeBC is waiving premiums for employers who are approved to receive the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) for furloughed workers (employees on leave with full or partial pay).

WorkSafeBC recognizes the challenges employers are facing during this extraordinary time, and in light of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will waive premiums on wages paid to furloughed workers of employers receiving CEWS subsidies. This change will be retroactive to the March 15, 2020 start date and continue for the duration of the CEWS program. Eligible employers will need to maintain documentation to identify workers that were furloughed as a result of this provincial health emergency.

This is the second measure WorkSafeBC has implemented to provide support for B.C.’s employers. Approximately 27,000 employers in the province have already opted to take advantage of the premium deferral measure implemented on March 27, 2020. Employers will not be charged a penalty or interest on first quarter premiums, up to the deferral date of June 30, 2020.

Waiving premiums for employers of furloughed workers will help support the rehiring of employees who may have already been laid off as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and will help better position employers who are considering reopening in the coming weeks. WorkSafeBC is committed to providing essential services to B.C.’s workers and employers and will continue to review support measures during this time.

Click here to view the announcement on WorkSafeBC’s website.

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What Would Don Do?

Join Don Parman, Actsafe’s Manager of Performing Arts Programs and Services, virtually to discuss any safety issues or concerns that the performing arts and live events industries are facing during these testing times. 
 
Have a health and safety question that you’d like answered? Ask Don!
 
Contact Don at donparman@actsafe.ca to get signed up.
 
Keep an eye on our social media platforms for upcoming dates. 
 
We look forward to seeing you and learning together!
 

You can find slides and resources from each WWDD here.

Workers Compensation Act Updates April 2020

The revised Workers Compensation Act has now taken effect (April 6th, 2020). The revisions are intended to make the Act easier to read and understand, and will not change its legal effect. However, there will still be some change involved.

There are references to the Act in Actsafe Safety Association’s materials and resources which will be revised to reflect these updates. 

For more details on the changes, the provincial government has made the following resources available on their Revision of the Workers Compensation Act web page:

Steps for Life: Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy

When Rebecca Orr laces up her shoes to walk in Steps for Life, her reasons are both intensely personal, and universal. Rebecca’s husband Lance was killed when a load of heavy concrete forms slipped from the chains of an overhead crane and crushed him. Now, Rebecca participates in Steps for Life– Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy and will act as a spokesperson for the walk in Vancouver this spring.

“I am honoured to be taking part in my 4th Steps for Life walk,” Rebecca says. “By sharing my story I hope to raise more awareness of the effect workplace tragedy has on the families left behind.”

Steps for Life is a five-km walk to support families like Rebecca’s, affected by workrelated fatalities, life-altering injuries and occupational disease. Created in 2005, Steps for Life is the flagship fundraiser for the Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support (known as Threads of Life). This spring, 29 communities from coast to coast will play host to Steps for Life. They will be joined by individuals and organizations who are committed to workplace health and safety.

The annual event raises money so that Threads of Life can provide peer support programs and services for families, and increase awareness about the importance of workplace health and safety. Last year’s Steps for Life raised more than $770,000 for this work.

“We all have a role to play in workplace safety,” Rebecca says. “I don’t want to have what has happened to me happen to someone else. Let’s make our community and our workplace a safe place to be. Because one life lost is one too many.”

You can get involved by registering to walk, or donating to another walker or team. Steps for Life includes a team challenge for any group of three or more walkers, who join together to participate and raise money for the cause.

For more information about Steps for Life walks, visit: stepsforlife.ca

Actsafe is supporting Threads of Life as part of our 2020 CSR initiative by donating all revenue generated from the advertisements in 2020’s quarterly newsletters to this incredible association.

 

This article was written for our quarterly newsletter, Safety Scene. You can find a link to the full edition below.


Click here for the full Spring 2020 Edition of Safety Scene.

Safety Scene Quarterly Newsletter – Spring 2020: Concussions

This quarter’s theme is Concussion.

During these testing times, we hope this edition of Safety Scene will help keep us all engaged with one other as we continue social distancing.

Concussions are not to be taken lightly. Even a ‘small’ bump to the head can result in a life-threatening brain injury. The spring edition of Safety Scene focuses on the importance of understanding concussions, the correct steps to take if you or a co-worker hits their head, and finding out first-hand what it is like to suffer from a concussion.

To begin reading, click here.

Click here for a quick access PDF for viewing, downloading, and sharing.

Click here for a quick link to the CATT Concussion Awareness, Response, and Management Flowchart Poster.

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We want to hear from you!

We appreciate any feedback you may have. Maybe you’d like to write an article for our next edition? For content and advertising opportunities, please email Jennifer at jenniferlane@actsafe.ca.

We are printing a limited number of quarterly newsletters on Sugar Sheet. If you wish to receive a printed copy, please contact communications@actsafe.ca.

COVID-19 Impact; Updates and Resources

Course Cancellation & Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 At Actsafe, the health and safety of our course participants and the Actsafe team is of the utmost importance. As such, Actsafe has decided it best to cancel all inhouse classes scheduled up to and including April 30, 2020 to mitigate the impacts associated with the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus in our community. 

If you registered and paid for either the Occupational First Aid-Level 1 course or the Motion Picture Industry Orientation course, you have the option of getting a refund or keeping a credit on file for a future date.

If you are registered for the Motion Picture Safety 201 – Safety for Supervisors course, the Joint Health & Safety Committee Fundamentals course or the Reel Green Carbon Literacy course, there will be no charge to rebook into a future date.

 We apologize for any inconvenience these cancellations may cause.

Leavitt Machinery courses are going ahead as scheduled. However, if you are exhibiting the following symptoms, coughing, high fever, difficulty breathing, we ask that you do not go to class. Please let us know and we will rebook you into a later class at no additional charge.

Actsafe is following the situation and will provide updates when necessary. If you have any questions, feel free to email: info@actsafe.ca.

 Follow our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for updates.

Preventative Measures

We are all responsible for safeguarding ourselves and take every precautionary measure to remain uninfected with the virus. Proper hygiene can help reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others. Health Canada suggests:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after:

o   using the washroom and when preparing food

o   use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

  • when coughing or sneezing:

o   cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand

o   dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards

  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands

The world is grappling with an issue of enormous scale and human impact, and our hearts go out to all who have been affected by the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Mental Health

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Actsafe reminds you that taking care of mental health is as important as looking after physical health. Coronavirus has thrust the world into uncertainty and this may be taking its toll on people’s mental health. For those who may be suffering from the stress of this situation, please remember that there are resources through Calltime: Mental Health that can help. We urge everyone to look out for one another during this time.

Actsafe Team Availability

Actsafe Safety Association is doing its part in mitigating the exposure and spread of COVID-19 to its team and community. Therefore, the Actsafe office is currently closed until further notice. However, the team are working remotely and continue to be available by phone, email, or LiveChat. Please reach out with any queries or concerns.

In the midst of COVID-19 we’ve curated a selection of resources we believe to be of value to our industries, which you may view here.

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 Info Sheet

To read the full document, and to print, click here (363 KB).

This info sheet on COVID-19 (coronavirus) covers precautions that both employers and workers can take to avoid contracting and spreading the virus. At the time of this update, B.C. has declared a state of emergency and a public health emergency.

What is COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses found mostly in animals. In humans, they can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The disease caused by the new coronavirus has been named COVID-19. COVID-19 was first identified in late 2019. It was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization in March 2020.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
They symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses, including the flu and common cold. They include: 

      • coughing
      • sneezing
      • fever or chills
      • sore throat
      • loss of sense of smell or taste
      • diarrhea
      • difficulty breathing
      • muscle or body aches
      • headache
      • congestion or runny nose
      • shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing
      • loss of appetite
      • nausea or vomiting
      • extreme fatigue or tiredness

 

At this time, the available information suggests the incubation period is up to 14 days. The incubation period is the time from when a person is first exposed until symptoms appear.

Steps employers can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19: 
All workplaces should have COVID-19 specific policies and procedures with appropriate preventative measures outlined, including training, implementation of PPE, and proper cleaning/sanitation procedures.

    • If applicable, employers should curtail non-essential work at the workplace and consider having workers work remotely (e.g., work at home)
    • If it is necessary for workers to come to work, employers should put preventative measures in place such as:
      • where practicable, reconfigure the workplace to maintain at least 6 feet (2 metres) between workstations,
      • where possible, utilize appropriate barriers such as plexiglass,
      • encourage physical distancing (maintain six feet distance (2 metres)),
      • limit worker travel
      • ensure masks that cover the nose and mouth are worn at all times,
      • reduce face-to-face meetings.
      • Make sure workplaces are clean and hygienic by keeping surfaces (e.g., desks and tables) and objects (e.g., telephones, keyboards) clean and disinfecting regularly. Make hygiene materials such as sanitizers available (with at least 60% alcohol).
      • Reinforce personal hygiene messages such as handwashing to workers and anyone else who may enter your workplace

Steps workers can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 if entering the workplace:

    • Use PPE as recommended (mask, face-shield, and gloves).
    • Masks are recommended in workplaces where physical barriers may not be available.
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) if you are unable to wash hands.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve and not your hands.
    • Maintain a distance of six feet (2 metres) or more from others.
    • Stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others.

Other preventative measures that can be taken to taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Physical Distancing: Physical distancing is a way that you can slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting close contact with others. This includes limiting activities outside your home, staying home when you’re sick, avoid gatherings, and if you are out in public keep six feet distance (2 metres) between you and others.

Self-Monitoring: If you have reason to believe that you have been exposed to a person with COVID-19, then monitor yourself for 14 days for one or more symptoms of COVID-19.

Quarantine: If you have been exposed/in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days then you need to quarantine and avoid contact with other people.

What to do if you have symptoms that may be COVID-19

    • Use the B.C. COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
    • See the BCCDC page on COVID-19 Testing for more information.
    • Once you have been tested you should self-isolate while you wait for the test results.
    • If your test is negative, you should not return to work or school until you are feeling better.
    • If you feel unwell and are unsure about your symptoms, contact your health care provider or call 8-1-1.

Please refer to the following links to keep updated about the latest information:

This info sheet was developed using various resources including BCCDC, WorkSafeBC, and the Government of Canada.

To read the full document, and to print, click here (363 KB).

Safety Scene Quarterly Newsletter – Winter 2020: Learning, Training, and Development

This quarter’s theme is Learning, Training, and Development.

This edition of Safety Scene is jam-packed with articles to inspire you and your team to invest more time into training and development.

Learning, training, and development can be carried out in many different ways, be it at our Entertainment Safety Conference, an Actsafe course, or just running a fire drill with your team. This edition’s centrefold has 4 toolbox talks for you to use to help educate your workers on a number of health and safety topics, including how to conduct risk assessments and how to report safety concerns

To begin reading, click here!

 

Click here for a quick access PDF for viewing, downloading, and sharing.

Click here for a quick link to our Toolbox Talks webpage.

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We want to hear from you!

We appreciate any feedback you may have. Maybe you’d like to write an article for our next edition? For content and advertising opportunities, please email Jennifer at jenniferlane@actsafe.ca.

We are printing a limited number of quarterly newsletters on Sugar Sheet. If you wish to receive a printed copy, please contact communications@actsafe.ca.

Did you know we offer group training?

Are you looking to schedule in a large group for machinery training? Would you like your crew to be trained on your work site? You are on the right page!

Actsafe will work with Leavitt Machinery to cater to your crew, and schedule as best we can. Group Training can be accommodated with Aerial Lift, Fall Protection, Counterbalanced Forklift, Telehandler/Rough Terrain, and Skid Steer Training. 

Once you submit a Group Training Request form, we will send you our Group Training Policy that will cover class size limitations, experience levels, price, and a schedule example as they pertain to each class. 

Please fill out his Group Training Request Form below and an Actsafe representative will contact you within 2 business days to discuss your training options.

Job Posting – Safety Advisor

We’re seeking a candidate to fill the role of Safety Advisor here at Actsafe Safety Association.

About Us

Actsafe supports the Entertainment industry in British Columbia by providing occupational health & safety advisory services, resources, training and support as needed to help employers, workers and supervisors achieve a healthy and safe workplace. Actsafe was established in 1998 and we serve members in the motion picture, television, performing arts, commercial production and live event industries in British Columbia. We employ a professional team of industry advisors, health & safety specialists to support our members. We are a not-for-profit industry organization passionate about what we do and how we impact people every day.

We want to continue to engage our membership while looking forward to assisting more entertainment companies, large and small, to promote good health and safety programs. If you are an enthusiastic safety professional who brings exceptional knowledge, standards and experience in engaging our members by implementing high quality safety programs, here is an opportunity to serve the entertainment industry by joining Actsafe Safety Association.

Position Summary:

The aim of the Safety Advisor is to offer value to our members without compromise, deliver the highest level of service by assisting our members to implement Health & Safety Management programs through advising, training and providing resources.

Key Activities and Responsibilities:

  1. Safety Program Advisory Services
  2. Resource Development and Training Facilitation

  3. Membership Engagement

For the full job description and requirements, please read the full description here; Safety Advisor – Motion Picture.

Early Bird Registration Deadline, AESC 2020

Get your full conference pass for the Actsafe Entertainment Safety Conference before Jan. 31st and save $100! Single day passes go on sale Feb. 1st. Register here.

Why attend? The #AESC2020 brings together a broad range of stakeholders from the motion picture, live events, health and safety, education, and beyond to network and learn about entertainment safety from a range of experts in their fields across a 3 day conference.

For new sessions and speaker announcements check out our conference website here.

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 within the industries that Actsafe supports.

Closing date for nominations is February 14, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact our Marketing and Communications Coordinator Jennifer at jenniferlane@actsafe.ca.

Motion Picture/Television Categories Performing Arts/Live Event Categories: 

Safety Ambassador of the Year:

Awarded to an individual or organization that has carried the safety torch out to the industry.

Criteria

  • Only motion picture stakeholders qualify. This can include suppliers and companies not in our classification unit but are engaged in motion picture, television or commercial production.
  • Must have engaged with Actsafe as part of their Safety Leadership.

Safety Innovation of the Year:

Awarded to an organization, company, or individual that has created or pioneered a safety system, philosophy, product, or policy that has positively affected the motion picture industry in BC. 

Criteria

  • Not limited to BC industry stakeholders, though preference will be given to BC nominees.

Safety Board of the Year:

Given to an organization or company that has the best safety board displayed at their production or workplace. 

Criteria

  • Must be an industry stakeholder.
  • Must contain the basic elements required by WorkSafeBC.
  • Creativity is considered.
  • Overall effectiveness.

To nominate: A photo of the safety board must be submitted, or the safety board must be observed by one of our safety advisors during outreach work.

Safety Ambassador of the Year:

Awarded to an individual or organization that has carried the safety torch out to the industry.

Criteria

  • Only performing arts/live event stakeholders qualify. This can include suppliers and companies not in our classification unit, but that are engaged in performing arts/live events.
  • Must have engaged with Actsafe as part of their Safety Leadership.

Safety Innovation of the Year:

Awarded to an organization, company, or individual that has created or pioneered a safety system, philosophy, product, or policy that has positively affected the performing arts/live events industry in BC. 

Criteria

  • Not limited to BC industry stakeholders, though preference will be given to BC nominees.

Safety Board of the Year:

Given to an organization or company that has the best safety board displayed at their production or workplace. 

Criteria

  • Must be an industry stakeholder.
  • Should contain the basic elements required by WorkSafeBC.
  • Creativity is considered.
  • Overall effectiveness.

To nominate: A photo of the safety board must be submitted, or it must be observed by one of our safety advisors during outreach work.

Please note that we will only present awards to nominees that we deem to have met each of the required criteria. 

Nominate Below (one nomination per form);

 

Early Bird Registration Open for AESC 2020

EARLY BIRD SALES CLOSE JANUARY 31!
Visit actsafeconference.ca to learn more and to register.

2020 Actsafe Entertainment Safety Conference
March 5–7, 2020
River Rock Casino Resort, Richmond, BC

Register now for the only conference in the Pacific Northwest focused on sharing knowledge about making arts and entertainment workplaces safer for workers and audiences alike!

  • 300 Delegates
  • 50+ 90-Min Sessions
  • 20 Tradeshow Exhibitors
  • Live Demonstrations
  • Social Events
  • Free Industry Training
  • 3 Full Days of Programming

In its fourth year in 2020, Actsafe’s annual conference expands to a third full day to include programming for the motion picture and television industry as well as the live events and performing arts industries.

Actsafe’s Entertainment Safety Conference (formerly Event Safety Conference) brings together a broad range of stakeholders from motion pictures and television, festivals and the performing arts, the music industry, venues and event production and venues, tourism, health and safety, education, municipalities, labour unions and beyond to network and learn about entertainment safety from a broad range of experts in their fields.

The conference will be jam-packed with over 50 informative sessions covering a range of topics pertaining to safety, health, and wellbeing with experts in their fields, live demonstrations, more than 20 tradeshow exhibitors, and social events.

BONUS: Registration also includes a free (non-transferrable) Industry Training course in Occupational First Aid (Level 1) or Firearm Safety (Level 1). Courses are held outside of conference dates.

SESSION PROPOSALS
Got a great idea for a presentation, panel discussion, roundtable, or interactive/hands-on demonstration? We want to hear from you! Session proposals are accepted until December 20.

NOTE: CROWD SAFETY WORKSHOP
Those who work in the areas of security, public safety, production and event planning, and audience services won’t want to miss this: For the third year running Actsafe is thrilled to welcome back UK-based crowd safety expert Eric Stuart of Gentian Events Ltd. to present his popular two-day Crowd Safety Workshop on March 3–4. This workshop is a sell-out every year, so register early to avoid disappointment. Details at actsafeconference.ca/crowd-safety-workshop.

Naloxone Training – Nov. 26th, 2019

Canada is facing a national opioid crisis. The growing number of overdoses and deaths caused by opioids, including fentanyl, is a public health emergency. Between January – August 2019 there have been 584 fentanyl-detected deaths in B.C., according to the B.C. Coroners Service.

Discover how you can recognize and help prevent opioid overdoses with our free Naloxone Training, in partnership with Vicky Waldron of Construction Industry Rehabilitation Plan.

Next available course date: November 26th, 2019. Register below;

Naloxone Training

 

World Mental Health Day 2019

October 10th is World Mental Health Day, which raises awareness of mental health issues around the world.

For our industries here in British Columbia, Calltime Mental Health is an initiative by British Columbia’s motion picture industry unions to assist workers and employers grappling with mental health and addiction issues both in and out of the workplace.

We’re also pleased to announce that the theme for next year’s Actsafe Injury Prevention Week is MIND Your Health: Mental Health Awareness.

The goal of this annual event is to highlight the importance of a safe and healthy work culture amongst B.C.’s arts and entertainment industry workers and to provide shareable tips, tools, and resources to help prevent illness and injuries.

Save the date: September 21st – 25th, 2020. Bookmark our Injury Prevention Week page for updates, announcements, and resources.

Safety Scene Quarterly Newsletter – Fall 2019: Emergency Preparedness

This quarter’s theme is Emergency Preparedness!

This edition is filled with information on how to be prepared for an emergency at your workplace, and also at your home. It includes articles from Actsafe’s safety team, the City of Vancouver’s Desiree Hamilton, and Gentian Events Ltd’s Eric Stuart. This edition’s centerfold is Actsafe’s Emergency Preparedness info sheet that has tips on how to introduce emergency preparedness practices into your worksite.

To begin reading, click here!

Click here for a quick access PDF for viewing, downloading, and sharing.

Click here for a quick link to the centrefold pullout; the Workplace Emergency Preparedness info sheet.

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We want to hear from you!

We appreciate any feedback you may have. Maybe you’d like to write an article for our next edition? For content and advertising opportunities, please email Jennifer at jenniferlane@actsafe.ca.

We are printing a limited number of quarterly newsletters on Sugar Sheet. If you wish to receive a printed copy, please contact communications@actsafe.ca.

Google Chrome Browser Troubleshooting

If you are using a Google Chrome web browser to complete our online courses (including Motion Picture General Safety Awareness 101), please ensure that your browser is up to date by following these steps;

Mac & PC;

  1. Click on the MORE button in the top right hand corner (3 vertical dots);

2. Help>About Google Chrome

3. A new tab will open and will confirm whether the browser needs to be updated.

4. For Android or other Apple products, please refer to Google Help for more information.

Actsafe Injury Prevention Week 2019 Is Well Under Way!

AIP Week 2019 is well under way!

Here’s an overview of the ‘Prevention Through Orientation’ calendar, we’ll be posting resources focused on the following topics through our social media channels daily:

Date Topic
Monday, September 9th Orientation Basics
Tuesday, September 10th Delivery & Documentation
Wednesday, September 11th Role of the Supervisor
Thursday, September 12th Safety Orientation
Friday, September 13th Toolbox Talks

This year we also have a safety cafe which will be visiting a production near you! Check out which location you can attend for a complimentary coffee, swag and orientation conversations;

Date Location
Tuesday, September 10th Riggit (9am – 1pm)
Mammoth Studios (2pm – 5pm)
Wednesday, September 11th North Shore Studios (10am – 1pm)
Bridge Studios (2pm – 5pm)
Thursday, September 12th Vancouver Film Studios (10am – 1pm)
Friday, September 13th TBC

#AIPWeek2019

 

Click on the poster to view the full size PDF for printing;

 

Labour Day 2019

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and safe Labour Day weekend!

Actsafe will be closed from 2pm Friday, August 30th and will re-open on Tuesday, September 3 at 9am.

If you experience a worksite emergency, contact WorkSafeBC. Their Prevention Information Line is 1.888.621.7233

Actsafe Appoints New Executive Director

Nancy Harwood, Chair of the Board of Directors of Actsafe Safety Association, is pleased to announce that Manu (Manobhiram) Nellutla has been selected as the organization’s new Executive Director, effective March 11th, 2019.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors of Actsafe, I wish to welcome Manu to his new role and say how much we are looking forward to Actsafe’s future with his leadership. Manu was selected by the Board’s Recruitment Committee from a field of highly qualified candidates after a rigorous search”, stated Ms Harwood. “ We are very impressed with Manu’s experience and successes as a senior executive with another progressive health and safety association, his passion for health and safety, and his proven leadership abilities.”

Manu brings a wealth of expertise from his current position as Chief Operating Officer with the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC (MSABC) to his new role. Actsafe’s entertainment industries will be well served by Manu’s experience of delivering high-quality services and resources to stakeholders and advancing initiatives that lead to successful health and safety outcomes for industry.

Manu has a background in the fields of ergonomics, education, health and safety, and research. He holds a Masters in Physiotherapy with specialization in musculoskeletal and sports, Post Graduate Diploma in Ergonomics, Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration.

Before his tenure at MSABC, Manu was a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Physiotherapy at the University of Rwanda. He has also taught Occupational Health and Safety in MSc Public Health program at Mount Kenya University.

 “I am very excited and grateful for this opportunity to provide leadership at Actsafe,” said Nellutla. “I am looking forward to working with the Actsafe team, industry members and all other stakeholders as we strive towards making British Columbia the safest province to work in the entertainment industry.”

The official announcement can be found here. Welcome Manu!

 

 

Safety Scene – January 2019 Edition

In the January 2019 issue:

  • Motion Picture Safety Awareness Course is Now Online.
  • Actsafe’s Event Safety Conference 2019.
  • How to Beat the January Blues.
  • WorkSafeBC 2019-2021 Policy Workplans.

Also, in this month’s edition, be in with a chance of winning tickets to see an advance screening of ‘Stan & Ollie’.

View The Actsafe Safety Scene here.

Motion Picture Safety Awareness Course Launches Online

Motion Picture Safety Awareness is making the move…to online!

Launching January 7th, you will now be able to complete this free course online, at your leisure.

This interactive, video-game style course takes approximately 5 hours and can be completed in parts, all while collecting both stars and knowledge along the way!

Click here to begin the course!

Safety Scene – December 2018 Edition

In the December 2018 issue:

  • Actsafe’s Event Safety Conference 2019.
  • New AEDs available in January.
  • Working in cold weather conditions.
  • Actsafe seeks new Executive Director.

Also, in this month’s edition, be in with a chance of winning one of five $10 Starbucks vouchers by completing our short Newsletter Feedback survey.

View The Actsafe Safety Scene here.

Actsafe Seeks New Executive Director

For the full opportunity description, click here.

The Executive Director is responsible for the effective administration of Actsafe Safety Association, and for achieving the goals of the mission statement and the objectives set by the Board of Directors. Appointed by the Board of Directors and reporting to the Chair, the Executive Director provides leadership in the management of Actsafe, the facilitation of stakeholder input, and directs the staff in the planning and development, administration, finance, management, and mentoring of all Actsafe activities.

FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Julian Manchon or Tony Kirschner
LEADERS INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE SEARCH #880—609 Granville Street Vancouver,
BC V7Y 1G5
Phone: (604) 688-8422
Email: vancouver@leadersinternational.com

Actsafe Launches Injury Prevention Initiative

To celebrate Actsafe’s 20th year in the business of helping to keep workers safe we’ve launched a new digital safety initiative, Actsafe Injury Prevention Week (AIP Week).  Each year AIP Week will highlight preventable industry injuries within different sectors of production work. This year’s week long campaign is entitled Back Here, Safety Matters and puts a focus on the leading causes of injury in BC’s motion picture industry and its workers, working on and around trucks.

Actsafe’s inaugural AIP Week begins the week of November 5th. During campaign week, Actsafe will provide productions with additional resources, with an aim to help employers, supervisors and workers address the theme of the campaign. In addition, film studios will feature large art installations drawing attention to, and creating conversations around, the resources necessary to keep a production’s crew safe around trucks.

For further info check out our page dedicated to AIP Week here.

 

 

 

Actsafe’s Executive Director Steps Down

Geoff Teoli has accepted an exciting new position with the City of Vancouver so, unfortunately, this means that his last day with Actsafe will be October 5th, 2018.

Over the past five years Geoff has led Actsafe through significant innovation and growth, enhancing our organization’s delivery of services and support to the motion picture, television, performing arts and live event industries. He will leave a legacy of strong leadership, collaboration and passionate commitment to Actsafe’s health and safety mission.

We would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Actsafe Team, Board of Directors, Standing Committees and our communities at large, to thank him for his support throughout his tenure with Actsafe. Please join us in wishing Geoff tremendous success in his future endeavours.

You can find Actsafe Safety Association’s Board Chair, Nancy Harwood’s, official announcement of this news here

Air Quality Advisory – September 2020

September 14th, 2020:

Smoky Skies Bulletin issued for the southern half of BC here.

Air Quality Advisory issued for Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley Regional District here.

If an Air Quality Advisory has been issued because of high concentrations of fine particulate matter due to smoke from wildfires around the region, the following information should be considered;

The Ministry of Environment recommends that strenuous outdoor activities be avoided. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms while working outdoors, contact your First Aid or Craft Services person: difficulty in breathing, chest pain or discomfort, and sudden onset of cough or irritation of airways. Exposure is particularly a concern for workers who have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, and lung or heart disease. People with heart or lung conditions may be more sensitive to the effects of smoke and should watch for any change in symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure. If any symptoms are noted, affected individuals should take steps to reduce their exposure to smoke and should go to their health care provider, walk-in clinic or emergency department depending on the severity of symptoms.

How to reduce your personal risk when working outdoors.

•Use common sense regarding outdoor physical activity – if your breathing becomes difficult or uncomfortable, stop or reduce the activity.

•You may be able to reduce your exposure to smoke by moving to cleaner air. Conditions can vary dramatically by area and elevation.

•Stay cool and drink plenty of water.

•Take shelter in air-conditioned buildings which have large indoor volumes and limited entry of outdoor air. Smoke levels may be lower indoors. However, elevated levels of smoke particles will still be present. If you stay indoors, be aware of your symptoms.

•Continue to manage medical conditions such as asthma, chronic respiratory disease and heart failure. If symptoms continue to be bothersome, seek medical attention.

Maintaining good overall health is a good way to reduce health risks resulting from short-term exposure to air pollution.

Pay attention to local air quality reports, air quality may be poor even though smoke may not be visible.

Safety Scene – February 2017 Edition

We’ve dedicated the February 2017 issue to the inaugural Actsafe Event Safety Conference.

Plus, in the February 2017 issue:

  • View our complete conference program
  • Complete conference schedule
  • Dancer Transition Resource Centre ‘on the MOVE’ event dates
  • Top 10 most viewed Motion Picture bulletins 2016
  • Full publication of our ‘Recommendations for Fighting Fatigue’ document

and a whole lot more!

View The Actsafe Safety Scene here!

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