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Actsafe is pleased to announce the launch of our new online course - Motion Picture Safety 101: General Awareness.

You are now able to complete this free course online from the comfort of your own home and at your leisure.

Motion Picture Safety 101 takes approximately 5 hours to complete and can be completed in parts, all while collecting both stars and knowledge along the way!

A requirement for admission into the majority of B.C.’s motion picture production unions, Motion Picture Safety 101 is an interactive video-game style course that provides new and young workers with the key safety knowledge they need to start their careers in British Columbia’s motion picture and television production industry.  
In this course, users will play the role of a worker on a feature film as they learn about rights and responsibilities, hazard identification and controls, and work practices unique to worksites in motion picture and television production. While this course is designed for new and young workers entering the motion picture industry, seasoned veterans can also use this course as a refresher to enhance their skills in making sure worksites are safe not only for themselves, but for their fellow workers.

We'd like to thank everyone who has contributed to this initiative for their help and support throughout.

For further information and to take this course, click below;

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Grab your tickets now, Earlybird sales end January 15th!

On March 7th and 8th our Event Safety Conference will be full of live event industry knowledge that we highly recommend you explore. This year we're pleased to announce our keynote speaker will be;

Steven A. Adelman, Vice President of the Event Safety Alliance (ESA) and Sports and Entertainment Lawyer/Head of Adelman Law Group, PLLC.

With the ESA, he is one of the authors of the Event Safety Guide, and also chairs the group that is developing a first-of-its-kind ANSI standard for Crowd Management at live events.

His national law practice focuses on risk management and litigation regarding safety and security at live events, and he also serves as an expert witness in crowd-related lawsuits. His monthly "Adelman on Venues" newsletter covers current issues in the live event and venue industry, and he frequently appears in national and local media to provide analysis of sports and entertainment incidents. 
Steven's keynote will explore Mayhem at Events, and How to Prevent (Some of) It.

We also have some fantastic content lined up which you won't want to miss. More session announcements coming soon!

#TorontoStrong
This presentation will review the event planning process for the vigil, the public safety and security measures implemented following the incident, the emergency response coordination, along with the City resources that were mobilized in support.  Never in the City's history, has an event of this magnitude been undertaken within a 72 hour planning cycle.  

The Threat of Counter Terrorism and Its Impact on Crowds in Emergencies
Modern terrorism is now a fact of life that we must live with and plan for. But, do all our counter terrorism measures stand up to scrutiny?

In this session we will consider the additional risks that such measures bring to an event and discuss whether the terrorism threat is as great as the threat from some of those measures. Examining some major events in UK, we will also examine human behaviours in such emergencies as well as in other crises at events and discuss why people often do not do as we might expect!

Complimentary Naloxone Training
This course provides a solid understanding of opioids, neurophysiology of opioid addiction, how to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and Naloxone pharmacology.  In addition to this attendees will participate in a hands-on practice session learning how to deliver the opioid overdose reversal drug ‘Naloxone’.  By the end of the session, attendees will be able to describe what opioids are and their effects on the body/brain.  They will be able to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and know how to deliver Naloxone in an emergency.  Every attendee will receive a free Take Home Naloxone (THN) kit.

Detection and Care of Concussions in Performing Arts Venues 
In light of the popularity of performing arts as an occupational pursuit and the relatively sparse injury care access for those in the profession, this workshop will highlight the essential information needed for non-medical personnel to recognize possible concussions so these injuries can be referred for appropriate care. Preventive measures that may reduce the likelihood of theatre personnel sustaining a concussion will be discussed, along with ideas for establishing partnerships between qualified healthcare practitioners and theatre, film, and entertainment related occupational settings. Attendees will also leave the session equipped to promote implementation of a concussion management protocol in their workplace.

The 'New View' of Health and Safety: A Cautionary Tale -
This session will introduce attendees to the 'new view' of safety. Embraced by unions and safety regulators around the world, this new movement is based on three key principles: - Workers are a solution to be harnessed rather than a problem to be controlled - Safety cannot be measured by the 'absence of its opposite' using injury rates - Safety is a moral obligation -- NOT a bureaucratic exercise.

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Don't forget, your conference ticket includes free industry training (Firearms Training or Occupational First-Aid [places very limited]) plus a discounted rate on Eric Stuart's extremely popular Crowd Safety workshop.

Further Information and Tickets
Help Combat The January Blues

For many people, January brings not only new year's resolutions, but maybe a lull in positivity. The days are short, the temperature is low, and the festivities are over. Feeling low in January is very common and the 'January Blues' are often situational, which is a different condition to Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Seasonal affective disorder can also be a reason for feeling down in the winter months. According to the British Columbia division of the Canadian Mental Health Association, the disorder is a form of depression that usually begins in the fall and lasts through the winter.

If you feel like you may be experiencing depression, a resource you may find helpful is Calltime: Mental Health. This initiative by British Columbia's motion picture industry unions was created to assist workers and employers grappling with mental health and addiction issues both in and out of the workplace.

6 Tips To Help Beat the January Blues

1. Go outside - the exposure to the sunlight is good for us and helps regulate our sleep cycles.
2. Avoid unrealistic new year's resolutions - unrealistic resolutions may make you feel worse if you feel like you can't fulfil them.
3. Try something new - like a new hobby or activity. Your comfort zone may cause you to stagnate and cease development.
4. Plan a trip - so you have something to look forward to.
5. Exercise - exercise releases endorphins and lifts your mood after completion.
6. Try to treat January like September - or any other month of the year. The months within our calendar are made-up, try not to associate January with the usual concepts and ideas but treat it like any other month.

Tips derived from '7 Ways To Beat The January Blues' by Anthony Hughes.

Consultation on the 2019 - 2021 Policy Workplans

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division has prepared draft 2019-2021 workplans for stakeholder review and comment. These work-plans will encompass policy priorities relating to compensation, occupational disease, assessments, and occupational health & safety.

Stakeholders are invited to review the discussion paper and proposed work-plans, and to provide feedback by February 4th, 2019.

The discussion paper, proposed work-plans, and information on providing feedback can be accessed here.
What Are Your Top Industry Safety Tips?

Share with us your top industry health & safety tip(s) and be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to see an advanced screening of ‘Stan & Ollie’ on Wednesday, January 16th, at Cineplex Cinemas International Village.

Email your tips to communications@actsafe.ca before noon on Monday January 14th. The more tips your provide, the more times your name is entered into our draw! 'Stan & Ollie' is in theatres January 18, watch the trailer here.
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