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We had a fantastic start to the month with the successful launch of our Injury Prevention Week (AIP Week) initiative!

Several members of the Actsafe team visited 33 productions, which are currently filming in B.C., to drop off the AIP Week Kits containing resources, tips and swag to encourage engagement and interaction with our initiative. This was followed by a week of daily tips and resources being shared via digital and social media on various topics relating to working safely around vehicles. And did you spot our billboards at Vancouver Film Studios and North Shore Studios? 

We'd like to thank everyone who got involved, from behind the scenes film crews, background performers and equipment providers, to the productions, employers, supervisors and workers who shared our materials. 

You can see our campaign on social media:  #AIPWEEK2018

For a glance at all the resources we shared throughout the week, head to our AIP Week page here for the low down.

WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT
The winners of our social media competition are...
Twitter: Amy Shier
Facebook: Bryan Pyke

Congratulations! You've both won $250 to spend at Mark's Clothing! We'll be in touch with your prize.

Actsafe is once again pleased to be sponsoring a bonus prize award as part of WorkSafeBC's Student Video Award Contest.

One lucky creative team will win the Actsafe Aspiring Filmmaker Award, which includes lunch with a prominent Canadian filmmaker, a behind-the-scenes tour of a current production, screening of your film at a Directors Guild of Canada event, and more!  (Note: only videos featuring live-action production will be considered for the Actsafe award.)

For full contest details and information on how to submit your video head here.

Deadline for submissions: Friday, March 22, 2019 at 5 p.m
Questions?: Email yworker@worksafebc.com
B.C. has officially shifted into winter, which means it's now winter driving mode.

Winter is arriving and there are several things to consider and prepare for when working in this element to ensure the safety of yourself and your crew. Our resource page includes Safety Driven's training, courses and road safety program guidance, plus:
 
  • Circle of Safety: The Circle of Safety is a driving safety procedure where the driver of the vehicle visually inspects the area to ensure there are no pedestrians or obstacles around your vehicle before entering and driving. In addition to obstacles that may be in your way, taking a look at your vehicle may identify issues that could impact safety before you leave on your trip, most notably, what condition your tires are in.
  • Our Wheel Chock info sheet.
  • WorkSafeBC's Bulletin on improperly secured vehicles.
  • Vehicle Checklist.
     
Don't forget, before heading out, check road conditions on the radio or DriveBC.ca

Follow this link to our resource page for our full resources.
Recreational marijuana officially became legal in Canada on Oct. 17, 2018.

Physical or mental impairment in the workplace can create a significant risk of injury and death to the impaired worker, co-workers, and members of the public.

WorkSafeBC's webpage on substance use and impairment in the workplace provides information and links to several resources covering:
  • Guide to Managing Workplace Impairment and Developing an Impairment Policy.
  • Substance Use and Workplace Impairment. This toolbox meeting guide supports employers in speaking to workers about the causes of impairment and responsibilities for effectively managing it in the workplace.
  • Media Backgrounder: Cannabis and the Workplace. This backgrounder provides an overview of employer obligations regarding impairment and the workplace, particularly as cannabis legalization takes effect. 
  • A Deadly Silence: Substance Abuse and Accidents. This video profiles four workers whose personal and work lives have been affected.
Employers are encouraged to develop policies and procedures that address impairment in the workplace. An impairment policy that takes a fitness-to-work approach to impairment can help you to meet your workplace safety obligations. You should also communicate your impairment policy clearly to workers. For further information check out WorkSafeBC's online resource here.

To address environmental impacts of the motion picture industry and help productions reduce these impacts and improve their overall environmental footprint, Creative BC/Reel Green will be offering free carbon literacy and sustainability courses to all industry members as part of our commitment to reducing environmental impact. Across the 6-hour workshop, delegates can expect to be challenged with engaging presentations, fun (yes, fun!) activities and the space to reflect and plan. Upon successful completion of the day, attendees will:

  • Have a sound understanding of the science of climate change.
  • Understand how to act at work to improve practices and reduce their impact.
  • Recognize the impact that production has on the environment.
  • Have knowledge of the tools and techniques to lessen this impact.
     

Upcoming Course Dates: Sunday, November 25 and Wednesday, November 28

Register Now

And finally, Actsafe celebrated it's 20th Anniversary year on Wednesday evening with a little get together here at the Actsafe office in Burnaby.

We'd like to thank everyone who made it out, and everyone who has supported Actsafe over the past 20 years. Here's to a future of continuing our mission which is to make British Columbia the safest place in the world for the production of motion pictures, television, live events and performing arts.

Actsafe Safety Association Is Seeking an Executive Director

The Executive Director is responsible for the effective administration of Actsafe, 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 Actsafe team in the planning and development, administration, finance, management, and mentoring of all Actsafe activities.
Click here for the full description, contact information and application.

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