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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.

 “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.”

Check out the full version of this news here. Welcome to the team Manu!

In collaboration with the Construction Industry Rehabilitation Plan, Actsafe is now offering Naloxone training to our stakeholders.

Opioid poisonings in British Columbia (BC) have dramatically increased since 2012, and the high rates of poisonings and drug-related deaths led to the declaration of a public health emergency in 2016. In 2017 there were 1,446 accidental opioid poisoning deaths in BC alone. 

In 2018, 10,464 reported overdoses were reversed using a Naloxone kit*

Naloxone is an antidote to opioid overdose and poisoning. One side effect of opioids (for example fentanyl) can be a slowing or stopping of breathing. Naloxone can reverse this effect and restore normal breathing and consciousness. You never know when an accidental overdose may occur, why not be prepared by taking our free training and leave with the knowledge of how to save a life plus a free Take Home Naloxone (THN) kit.

This training 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 also be able to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and how to deliver Naloxone in an emergency. Every attendee will receive a free THN kit.

Course duration: 90 minutes - 2 hours (including Q & A)
Cost: Free
Location: Actsafe, #140-4259 Canada Way, Burnaby, V5G 1H1
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Here's what participants had to say about the training:

"The Naloxone Training session was really informative – I learned a lot and was particularly thankful for getting the chance to practice breaking the vial, filling the syringe (with water) and injecting (into an orange) – it made me feel a lot more prepared in the event I ever have to administer Naloxone for real! Vicky was a great instructor. I’d recommend the 2-hour session to anyone – even if you’ve already watched a training video. Vicky really filled in a lot of interesting background information and practical tips.'"- Annabelle Wilczur, Assistant Business Agent, DGC BCDC
 

'"I hope to never need my Naloxone training but in today's opioid crisis it is so important to have some simple skills that will save someone's life. I really appreciated how clear our instructor, Vicky Waldron, was with her presentation, the information and hands-on experience was invaluable." - Christina Kasperczyk, Camera Operator, ICG 669

WorkSafeBC's First-Aid Advisory on Naloxone provides information about the drug Naloxone and how the provision of Naloxone may fit into an employer's workplace emergency response plan;

*based on client kits refilled due to naloxone use on self/others to reverse an overdose. Data extracted Nov. 15th, 2018. Further data can be found here.

Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) Fundamentals Training Update

An updated version of Actsafe's JHSC Fundamentals Training was launched on January 22nd. This enhanced version was reformulated to provide content relevant to film and performing arts industry practices.

WorkSafeBC mandates that all JHSC members have a minimum of 8-hours of training, which you can take here at the Actsafe office and is free for employers in our industries.

Register below to see the next available training dates.

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Thank you Britannia Secondary!

Actsafe's Motion Picture Safety Awareness Workshop was delivered to a group of aspiring filmmakers at Britannia Secondary School in Vancouver on January 11th.  Students and faculty soaked up the information and walked away with a greater understanding of what awaits them once they begin work in B.C.'s motion picture industry.

If you know of a film program that would benefit from Actsafe's Safety Awareness Workshop, contact us at info@actsafe.ca and we'll send you more information.

Win A Conference Pass!

Our Event Safety Conference is just around the corner and we're pleased to offer two full conference passes (worth $350 each!) in this month's Safety Scene competition. Keep an eye out for new session announcements and conference content here.

How To Enter
To enter your name into the prize draw to win one of these passes, just email communications@actsafe.ca with your full name, contact phone number and your answer to this question:

What would be the most valuable information you would hope to learn at the conference?

The deadline for entries is noon on Wednesday February 20th. Winners will be drawn at random and contacted via email by 5pm. 

What happens if you win and can't attend? You're free to pass your ticket to a friend or colleague!

Conference Info.

Want conference-specific updates? Follow us on social media, or sign up for more details here.

With thanks to our sponsors.

Family Day - February 18th

Wishing you all an enjoyable Family Day! The Actsafe office will be closed for Family Day on Monday February 18th. We will re-open on Tuesday February 19th at 9.00am.

In the event of a serious hazard that puts the safety of workers at risk, please let your employer know of the situation. If the situation has still not been resolved, contact the WorkSafeBC Prevention line at 604-276-3100.
New Actsafe Video - Working in Cold Weather

Actsafe's new video identifies the hazards of working in cold weather, how to spot the signs of hypothermia and tips on how to keep yourself safe. Watch the video here.

You may also like to read our 'Working In Extreme Cold Temperature' bulletin here. This bulletin provides information on the two most common hazards when working in cold conditions: hypothermia and frostbite. With proper awareness and pre-planning, these hazards can be eliminated.
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