Launch of Mental Health Resource: Calltime Mental Health - JHSC Meeting Information - Thoughts from our Performing Arts Industry Advisor - WorkSafeBC Student Video Contest Winner

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The Calltime Mental Health campaign has been developed to support BC motion picture workers and their families, reduce the stigma related to mental health and substance use concerns, and to ensure that BC motion picture workers are aware of the services and benefits available to them through their Union Health Benefit Plans and broader resources that are available to the public.

Calltime: Mental Health is an initiative created by British Columbia's motion picture industry unions, driven by their vision statement: 

We envision a future where motion picture industry workers come together as a Community of Care to help those with mental illness and substance abuse issues; a culture where everyone feels safe at work; and supported and empowered to ask for and offer help; where union staff and department managers and supervisors have access to training and resources to adequately address issues as they arise; and where impairment at work is seen as an occupational health and safety issue and is neither accepted nor condoned. provides important information such as:

Union resources;
Mental health and addiction resources which are available through the British Columbia motion picture industry unions and guilds. Here you can find information for the appropriate organization for you, your friend or colleague, or your family member.

Publicly available mental health and addiction resources for;
  • General mental health
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep
  • Alcohol and addiction
  • Suicide
  • For youth and young adults
  • Canadian mental health resources
For more information head to the Calltime Mental Health website here
Canadian Mental Health Week
Every May for the last 66 years, Canadians in communities, schools, workplaces and the House of Commons have rallied around CMHA Mental Health Week. Get involved and #getloud about what mental health really is.

When: May 7th - 13th
Details: Mental Health Week Website 

Winner of the 2018 Actsafe Aspiring Filmmaker Award and the WorkSafeBC Student Safety Video Contest

Congratulations to Ethan Eigenfeldt, from Walnut Grove Secondary School, who was the winner of this year's inaugural Actsafe Aspiring Filmmaker Award!

Ethan's video No Buts - Listen To Your Gut was a humorous, well shot, well written, well acted and on-message production. Judged by Actsafe and film industry professionals at the recent WorkSafeBC Student Safety Video Contest this prize includes lunch with a prominent Canadian filmmaker, a behind-the-scenes tour of a current production, screening of Ethan's film at a Director's Guild of Canada event, and more.

Ethan's video also won top prize in the Grade 11-12 category of WorkSafeBC's Student Safety Video Contest, sponsored by Actsafe. Furthermore, because it was the overwhelming favourite of the contest it also won a prize from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety for Ethan and his school.

Congratulations Ethan! Check out his video here.
What does the Joint Health and Safety Committee do?

The Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) is responsible for helping the employer meet its responsibility in providing a safe and healthy workplace. There are a few ways that the JHSC can do this:
  • Identify situations that may be unhealthy or unsafe for workers, and advise on effective systems for responding to those situations.
  • Consider, and promptly deal with complaints relating to the health and safety of workers.
  • Consult with workers and the employer on issues related to occupational health and safety, and the occupational environment. 
  • Make recommendations to the employer and the workers for the improvement of the occupational health and safety, and the occupational environment of workers.
  • Make recommendations to the employer on educational programs promoting the health and safety of workers. 
  • Advise the employer on programs and policies required under the regulations for the workplace, and to monitor their effectiveness.
  • Advise the employer on proposed changes to the workplace, including significant proposed changes to equipment and machinery, or the work processes that may affect the health or safety of workers.
  • Ensure that accident investigations and regular inspections are carried out as required.
  • Participate in inspections, investigations and inquiries.
By regulation, the JHSC must meet at least once a month and must produce meeting minutes after every meeting.  In next month’s newsletter, we’ll discuss what those minutes are and what has to happen with them.

WorkSafeBC mandates that all JHSC members have a minimum of 8-hours of training. Actsafe provides this training for anyone in the performing arts and motion picture industries. For available dates and registration click here.
UBCP/ACTRA offers free sexual assault/harassment counselling to members.

In response to the growing revelations of sexual harassment and assault in the film and television industries, UBCP/ACTRA is offering free sexual assault and harassment counselling to its membership. The service is open to all self-identified women. The announcement comes as many arts, culture and heritage organizations grapple with how best to navigate this important issue. For more information on this initiative, click here.

Safety Success

My apologies for the long overdue voice from the Wilderness. It has been my goal to write pieces for Safety Scene since I started here in Sept 2017. 

So here we go!

I would like to start with how we/I measure success as the Industry Advisor for the Performing Arts.

There are very few metrics by which we can measure our success. We don’t have enough reportable incidents with WorkSafeBC to give us indicators.

We have very little safety data gathered by other organizations or branches of the government.

So here is what success looks like to me:

Invited to join the BC Touring Council Facility Mangers Group: Success!

Phone call regarding handrails on a set piece: Success!

Emails looking for guidance on bullying and Harassment: Success!

Performing Arts Safety Awareness being added to College and University programs: Success!

Reports of high school students asking if people have been trained in ladder safety: Success!

Yes, I take every small interaction and conversation as a success. Every week I get more questions and requests, that is certainly success.

Remember Actsafe and I are here to help you, and we want nothing more than to help you find your “Safety Success”.

Contact me anytime:

North American Occupational Health & Safety (NAOSH) Week
The goal during NAOSH week is to focus employers, employees, partners and the public on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home, and in the community.

When: May 6th - 12th
Details: NAOSH website
WorkSafeBC Fatigue Risk Management Symposium
Businesses operating 24 - 7 are on the rise provincially and globally. This has a significant impact on employers and workers and their health and safety in the workplace. Experts from across Canada will present invaluable information to help mitigate and manage fatigue-related risk in the workplace.
$175 per person (before May 13th), $225 per person (after May 13th.)

When: Thursday, June 7th, 8.00am - 4.30pm
Where: Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
Details & registration: WorkSafeBC website.

Victoria Day
Actsafe will be closed on Monday May 21st for Victoria Day.
Motion Picture Safety for Supervisors Workshop

This workshop is designed to provide all motion picture industry supervisors with a fundamental understanding of current WorkSafeBC regulations and their safety obligations. Filled with group activities and relevant discussion, Safety for Supervisors provides supervisors with the knowledge base to supervise their staff in a safe and effective manner.  Topics include:

  • responsibilities of a supervisor
  • risk assessments and hazard identification
  • responding to workers concerns and work refusals
  • incident reporting and investigations
  • correcting unwanted behaviour
  • due diligence
  • how to conduct safety meetings and toolbox talks

Workshop length: 5-hours

Register Now

A Message from WorkSafeBC

Employers have an obligation to comply with Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and the Workers Compensation Act of British Columbia. This means that workers have the right to a safe and healthy workplace, the right to be properly trained, and the right to refuse unsafe work. 

Please read this reminder from WorkSafeBC to employers of their responsibility for the health and safety of their workers.

In case you missed it, congratulations are in order for Ethan Eigenfeldt's video No Buts - Listen To Your Gut, which recently won this year's WorkSafeBC Student Safety Video Contest, Grade 11 - 12 category. Congratulations Ethan!

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