Texting & Driving Documentary: “It Can Wait: From One Second to the Next”

Working Alone or in Isolation Checklist

October is Healthy Workplace Month

CITT Rendezvous 2013

Cough & sneeze etiquette

September is back to school time! Are you up-to-date on your training?

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Texting & Driving Documentary: "It Can

Wait: From One Second to the Next"

As mentioned in our previous Newsletter, from August 26th until September 27th ICBC is running their annual Distracted Driving campaign in an attempt to reduce the amount of distracted driving related accidents and fatalities. To help drive home the dangers of distracted driving, we’d like to point you toward the newly released documentary It Can Wait: From One Second to the Next”, which was directed by Werner Herzog and produced by the four major wireless carriers in the US. It’s a sobering look at the effects of texting and driving, which should be required viewing for all. The documentary is available free online at

From the official website:

Injuring or even killing someone because you were texting while driving is a life-changing experience. There are countless stories of people who took their eyes off the road for a second and ended up in an accident that changed their lives and the lives of others forever.

People who are living with the consequences of those experiences are the focus of a powerful new documentary created by acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog to reach millions with a message on the dangers of texting and driving.  In the short film, Herzog expands on the stories he tells through the 30-second “Texting & Driving … It Can Wait” spots launched in May by wireless carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Verizon.  By giving voice to the individuals who caused the accidents and the many people whose lives have forever been changed by them, Herzog shows the devastating aftermath that can be created when a driver turns their attention to a single, meaningless text.  

“When you get a message while driving, it’s hard not to pick up your phone,” said Herzog. “With this film, we want to help make people more aware of the potential consequences of that action.”

The It Can Wait® campaign helps drive awareness of the dangers of texting while driving, encourages individuals to pledge not to text and drive, and enables those who have made a personal commitment to influence others.  By sharing tools like this film with schools and safety advocates, and by making them available free to the public, the carriers are working to encourage responsible use of wireless technology.

The documentary is available at, a site where anyone can go to get more information about the issue, share their story, take the pledge not to text and drive, and get resources to help make others aware of the dangers. The film also will be distributed to more than 40,000 high schools nationwide, and hundreds of safety organizations and government agencies. The carriers will post it to their YouTube sites, and it will be available as on-demand content for customers of AT&T U-verse. You can also link to the video directly on Youtube by clicking here.

The It Can Wait campaign, created to end texting and driving, has evolved into a movement.  It currently is supported by the four largest U.S. wireless carriers, more than 200 other organizations and thousands of caring individuals. The movement has inspired more than 2 million pledges through, on Facebook, through text-to-pledge and tweet-to-pledge, and at events.

Working Alone or in Isolation Checklist

When workers are going to be working alone or in isolation, it’s important to have a procedure in place for checking in with that employee to ensure their safety. To help assist with this, Actsafe has developed a Working Alone or in Isolation Checklist.

The checklist includes sections to be filled out, including: the name of the designated contact; the contactee (ie. employee working alone); the job tasks to be carried out; methods and frequency of check-ins; emergency contacts; and a listing of considerations to be taken into account when developing your Working Alone procedure.

The back of the checklist includes a chart for cataloging check-ins. Employers should keep these records on file, should any issues arise.

To download the new Working Alone or in Isolation Checklist, visit and click on “Forms” from the menu. The Checklist is available in a PDF that can be filled out online and printed, or printed out and filled in the old fashioned way -- pen or crow-quill. Click here to link directly to the PDF of the form.

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October is Healthy Workplace Month

During the month of October, workplaces are encouraged to look at how they can make their work environments healthier. The website Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month ( provides a platform to boast about your initiatives, while providing tools to help you improve your workplace health and safety goals.

The goals of Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month are to:

•increase awareness of a comprehensive approach to workplace health in Canada that involves three elements of a healthy workplace:

    -health and lifestyle practices
    -workplace culture and a
     supportive environment
    -physical environment and
     occupational health and safety

•provide healthy workplace tools, resources and best practice examples, through, to help organizations create healthy workplaces with benefits for employees and themselves

•increase the number of healthy workplaces in Canada

CHWM was set in motion in 2001 with the introduction of Canada’s Healthy Workplace Week. The web-based initiative increased awareness of the importance of workplace health for the short- and long-term success of organizations and for the well-being of their employees. The week was eventually extended to become Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month. The extended program duration gave workplaces more time to plan, promote and execute programs and activities for their employees.

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CITT Rendezvous 2013

From the moment I arrived in Calgary I was bombarded with questions and concerns on the safety front. Being the interim General Manager certainly brought to light the impact Actsafe has had on the national scene as well as BC. Questions from every corner of the country, and even a couple from south of the border, tell the story of how effective our organization has become. Even in unexpected places, Actsafe has been able to bring safety into the light.

Video Projection was a featured workshop I had signed up for in my role as a theatre technician, but safety once again became a hot topic. Both the effects of high powered projectors on the eye and the venting of mercury from projector bulbs were topics discussed. Both are concerns that Actsafe will be looking into further over the coming months.

The Basics of Electricity in the Performing Arts with Art Wanuch and Mike Harwood on Friday was a great introduction for members to the fascinating world of electrical code and its application. I had the chance to discuss the LPEC program as well as much of our web based information.

Electrical Training and Certification across Canada with Art Wanuch and Mike Harwood later on that Friday morning lead to some spirited conversation about how we certify and the different levels available to technicians across the country. Clearly there is demand for recognized training in our industry. The big question, as always, was: “How do we achieve it?” Some great ideas and conversations carried on long after the session had wrapped up, leading to some initiatives later in the weekend that CITT will be spearheading.

Occupational Health and Safety Program: Getting It Started with Amy Paterson was a great look at how the Jubilee Auditoriums built their H&S program, and the challenges they still face. Amy did an amazing job of presenting their process and documents. I look forward to sharing some of her documents with the Actsafe members in the future. We shared documents from the Actsafe library with attendees. Many at the conference asked about a “Tool Box Talk” template, which we will be developing as a result of this session.

Skill Passport for Technicians & Apprenticeship, Internship & Mentorship Initiatives

Panelists: Al Cushing, Don Parman (Actsafe), Gerry van Hezewyk and Sarah Zeilstra.

This session was an inspiring café style discussion of the possibility of a national skills passport. There was a demonstration of the ABTT program “TapThis” ( which is a fabulous model of a database/card program for the collection of training records that is currently in use in the UK. The Actsafe Safety Passport was held up as the leading example of the type of program that is desired nationally. If you want to join the conversation, or assist with the creation of this passport system, please consider becoming a member of CITT.  You can learn more at

Finally I spent time with many delegates, showing off our new Working Alone safety video, screening it for over forty people throughout the weekend. They were very impressed with the new direction and complimented our staff extensively.

A huge thank you to CITT for hosting this conference, and special thanks to Monique Corbeil and the CITT volunteers for organizing such a successful week.

See you in Ottawa in 2014!

Don Parman.

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Cough and sneeze etiquette

As we head into the fall season, we’re looking at changes in the weather which always bring with it the dreading cold and flu season. If you find yourself with a case of the sniffles, be sure to implement proper cough and sneeze etiquette to prevent the spreading the cold/flu throughout your workplace.

To help stop the spread of germs:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put your used tissue in the waste basket.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Do your part to help contain the spread of colds and flus!

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September is back to school time! Are you up-to-date on your training?

Are all your certifications up to date? Now’s the perfect time to take a moment to double check all your certifications to make sure that they’re current and valid.

As you can see to the right, Actsafe offers a slew of courses, all at subsidized rates for those in the film and/or performing arts industries.

If you’d like to enroll in any of our courses, or just have questions, please get in touch through email ( or give us a call at 604.733.4682. You can also see full course descriptions and register for courses at

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