Road Safety At Work Week - Conference Round Up - WorkSafeBC Proposed OHS Regulation Amendments - Stunt Harness Hazard Alert!

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What is road safety at work week?

It’s a week to make road safety a priority in your organization. It’s important because work-related motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of traumatic workplace death in BC. On average each year, 21 workers are killed and another 1,280 are injured and miss time from work because of work-related crashes.

Participate in Road Safety At Work's week to improve the safety of your employees when they drive for work.

Your people are your greatest asset, protect them when they drive to work.

Spring Safety Checklist

Daylight Saving Time (DST) in Canada will begin at 3.00am on Sunday, March 11th. Whilst changing your clocks, it's also a good time to review the following spring safety checklist:
  • Smoke Alarms; replace the battery once a year (and test your alarms monthly.)
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors; anything that burns fuel can potentially become a source of carbon monoxide, an invisible, odorless gas that can kill. CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each bedroom and on every level of the home. The safety tips for CO detectors mirror those of smoke alarms: change the batteries, test them and interconnect them, if possible.
  • Check your Emergency Plan; it's recommended that every family and workplace has an emergency plan and emergency kits in place in the event of a natural disaster, or other catastrophic event. Actsafe has several resources to help you create emergency plans.
  • Fatigue; with DST comes unique health and safety issues. The loss of one hour's sleep can lead to an increased risk of heart attacks in the first 3 days after DST, an increase in road accidents on the Monday after DST and fatigue, leading to a greater number of occupational injuries. So, what to do? Experts suggest heading to bed early on Sunday night, ensuring your vehicle is in proper working order for those darker mornings, and getting in some extra exercise to relieve stress. You can find our Recommendations on Managing Fatigue booklet here.

Thank You!

We'd just like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped make the second Actsafe Event Safety Conference a huge success. The hard work and effort of everyone involved, including the presenters, panelists, volunteers, crew, Actsafe staff, venue staff and of course the attendees, helped make the conference another overwhelming success.

Conference by the numbers:
7,584 km distance from London to Vancouver (travelled by two delegates)
800 orders of coffee & tea
190 attendee check-ins
60 delegates trained in administering Naloxone
39 sessions
29 industry training day course attendees
21 name badges returned and recycled
19 Tweets using#aesc2018 hashtag
17 sponsors
11cm of snow fell on Friday 23rd February
prize winners
1.5 trees saved by printing the program on sugar paper

If you're keen to get involved in next year's conference we're already accepting session proposals here. Perhaps you'd like to join us as an exhibitor on our tradeshow floor (apply here) or, if you'd like to be involved in advertising or sponsorship, please email us expressing your interest Stay in the loop about the 2019 conference by subscribing to updates here.

It's been just over one week since we wrapped things up, and work is already underway to create the next Event Safety Conference. Hopefully you've had time to digest all the content by now and we'd be grateful to hear your thoughts so we can make next year's event bigger and better. Please complete our short feedback survey below if you attended the 2018 conference. 
Feedback Survey
Actsafe is a proud sponsor of WorkSafeBC's 2018 Student Safety Video Contest. The theme for this year's contest is Listen to your Gut.

Submit your video and you could win a cash prize! WorkSafeBC is looking for creative and original video productions that explore the topic of listening to your gut and trusting your instincts to stay safe at work.

The contest is open to all students in British Columbia enrolled in grades 8 to 12. One video will also be forwarded to the national Focus on Safety Youth Video Contest for high school students.

Bonus Prize! One lucky creative team will win the Actsafe Aspiring Filmmaker Award, which includes lunch with a prominent Canadian filmmaker, a behind the scenes tour - and more!

Deadline for submissions: 5 pm, Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

Find the entry form and contest details here
WorkSafeBC Update: Consultation on proposed amendments to the Occupational Health & Safety Regulation.
The Policy, Regulation and Research Division is requesting feedback on proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. The consultation phase provides stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback prior to the proposed amendments being taken to public hearing in 2018.

The proposed regulatory amendment packages under review are:
  • Part 8, Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment, section 8.11, safety headgear
  • Part 8, Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment, sections 8.14–8.18, eye and face protection 
  • Part 20, Construction, Excavation and Demolition, sections 20.1 and 20.17–20.26, concrete formwork and falsework

View the proposed regulatory amendments and information on how to provide feedback.

Please provide your feedback by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2018.
In Other News

2018 Vancouver International Women In Film Festival

Tickets are on sale for the 2018 Vancouver Women In Film. Discover a diverse selection of local and international short and feature films at the 13th Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWIFF). Head over to Vancity Theatres from March 6th - 11th for screenings, workshops, panel discussions, parties, and more. Not to mention free events all day long on International Women’s Day (March 8th). For information on screenings and festival events visit

March 12-18, 2018, is Brain Awareness Week (BAW)
At the recent Actsafe Event Safety Conference we welcomed Dr. Jeff Russell of Ohio University to join us to speak to the topic of concussions in the Performing Arts industry. Keep an eye on our conference website for notes from his session and updates on the 2019 conference. Further information on this topic may be found here.
Carbon Literacy Workshop
Several members of the Actsafe team recently took the new Carbon Literacy workshop at Creative BC. Learn the ins and outs of how carbon impacts our environment and what the industry can do to minimize its impact. This course is free for industry members. Find the next available course dates here.

Calling all Producers, Production Managers & Transport Coordinators
An initiative being spearheaded by local producer, Clara George, aims to reduce emissions in the motion picture industry. This initiative looks to prioritize the use of hybrid and electric vehicles on productions. Join the effort and read more here.

2018 sees Actsafe Safety Association celebrate 20 years of service
Explore what the next 5 years will hold in Actsafe's Strategic Business Plan 2018 - 2022.

Stunt Harness Hazard Alert!

Actsafe has been notified by UBCP/ACTRA's Stunt Committee of some 'knock-off' stunt/flying harness infiltrating the stunt performing community here and abroad. A harness failure has occurred and the committee would like to prevent future incidents. Although no one was hurt, this incident is a very strong reminder for everyone to be diligent about the harnesses and equipment used in the performance of stunts.

Click here for the stunt harness hazard alert bulletin, which contains information on the 'imitation' harness and recommendations made by the Stunt Committee. Please share this bulletin with anyone who owns a harness or who works in the stunt or performing arts industries.

For further information please email the UBCP/ACTRA Stunt Committee

Images of the 'imitation' harness that failed;
Propane Radiant Heater Safety:

Courses: Take our Propane Awareness course to learn to work safely with and around propane. This awareness course is designed for those responsible for coordinating, using and/or lighting propane-fired heaters or other propane related equipment or vehicles. Learn about the appropriate use and associated risks of propane, including safe handling, storing, transporting and installation of propane cylinders as well as safe use of direct and indirect fired portable heaters. Learn how to keep yourself and others safe!  
This course is offered onsite upon request. Call the Actsafe office for more details 604 733 4682.

Print our propane safety poster or download our information card on the signs & symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Motion Picture Safety Primer: Equipment, Vehicles and Locations

This primer covers health and safety requirements and guidelines for cranes, elevated work platforms, mobile equipment, and insert-camera cars.

It also covers traffic control for locations where vehicle traffic may be a concern. Other specific locations that are discussed include buildings, city streets, wilderness locations and water locations.
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