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Resource Update - Artificial Smoke & Fog Use Bulletin

This document is now available on our website for review, comment and use by members of the motion picture community in British Columbia.

These guidelines are recommendations to either eliminate or reduce worker exposure to inhalation hazards created by chemicals generated when using artificial smoke or fog (theatrical haze, fogs, mists, etc.). Artificial smoke or fog is commonly generated using a fog or haze machine, which releases a chemical solution as an airborne aerosol to create various effects during filming/performing.

Should you have any questions, comments or concerns about this document, please email

This bulletin includes;

  • Pre-Production (Planning) Memo
  • Call-Sheet
  • Chemical Product Guidelines and Exposure Limits
  • Production Requirements
  • Joint Health & Safety Committee Responsibilities
  • Measuring Airborne Concentrations
  • Control Measures
  • Respirator Use
  • Additional Training
  • Regulation References
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Consultation on Proposed Amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

WorkSafeBC's Policy, Regulation and Research Division is requesting feedback on proposed amendments to Part 16, Mobile Equipment, together with consequential amendments to nine other parts, of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

The consultation phase provides stakeholders with an opportunity to provide feedback prior to the proposed amendments being taken to public hearing in spring of 2019.

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

Please provide your feedback by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

With this in mind, Actsafe has hired consultant Jeffery Lyth to assess the impact of these proposals on our industries.


Watch Your Back! Vehicle Safety Campaign

Vehicles are the second highest source of injury in the motion picture industry over a five-year period*. This Fall Actsafe's new campaign Watch Your Back! will focus on the prevention of injuries caused on or around tailgates. The first phase of this campaign will cover signalling and flagging and we've found a great video created by Safety Driven, the Trucking Safety Council of BC, which talks you through safely guiding and spotting a reversing vehicle and provides an overview of the essential things to know when guiding a vehicle that is backing up

We invite you to watch and share this video amongst your communities.

*Data taken from WorkSafeBC's Industry Safety Information Centre

Plan to join us in 2019! Actsafe's Event Safety Conference will take place March 7 & 8, 2019 at the Delta Burnaby Hotel & Conference Centre in Burnaby, British Columbia.

To join us next year, head to the conference website ('More Info' button below) to propose a 2019 conference session, join us as a trade show exhibitor, sponsor the conference, or apply to volunteer. ​Stay tuned for more details in the months ahead and sign up for conference updates here.

Tickets will go on sale next month, so be sure to keep a look-out!

When asked why they attended our 2018 conference, here's what delegates had to say;

'The more informed we can be, the more we can help.'

- Mark Aviss, Assistant Steward, IATSE 891

'Improve education & networking.'

- Marcia Chapman, Technical Director, PRP

'More focus at my venue is being placed on the emergent issues in safety every day and this seemed like a good opportunity to get a broader knowledge from expert presenters.'

- Sarah Craft, Front of House Coordinator, Arden Theatre/City of St. Albert

'I really desire to improve access to healthcare for performing arts, especially with high-risk injuries such as head impacts/concussions. I attended so that I could interface with people who are "on the ground" in performing arts venues where I have minimal contacts, but where I know there is a high risk for concussions. I could not be more pleased that these reasons were satisfied. Plenty of opportunities for future collaborations are now available.'

- Jeff Russell, Assistant Professor, Ohio University

'Networking and sharing best practices with colleagues in our industry who have the same concerns and considerations for our jurisdiction.'

- David Humphrey, Production Manager, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts 

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Pain on the Catwalk

As my safety database expands, I keep stumbling across items that surprise me. Odd and sometimes annoying features in a performance space that have been introduced, for unexpected reasons.
Today’s topic: Expanded steel catwalks. You know, the ones that shred your knees during focus, allow nuts and bolts to fall through to the seating below, make a terrible noise when you try to sneak out to your follow spot position pre-show. For decades I’ve loathed working on them, often bringing my own knee pads or foam mat to save my knees, in some cases, putting down plywood or matting to reduce the pain for the lighting department.

However, I was recently enlightened as to why these are often used in place of solid steel decking: Fire suppression. That’s right, sprinklers.
In many spaces, it is very difficult and costly to run separate sprinkler heads under an overhead catwalk to protect the space below. By having the expanded steel decking it allows the sprinklers overhead to spray through the catwalk and protect the area, and often audience, below.
            So if you have expanded steel catwalks, think twice before you cover them over for your crew, you just might be circumventing a safety feature.

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Welcoming Robert Desprez as our Senior Technical Writer

Updating our health & safety bulletins is a major part of Actsafe’s objectives for 2018 and 2019. As part of this bulletin update project, we would like to welcome Robert Desprez as the Senior Technical Writer.

Robert is a Senior Technical Writing Consultant here in Vancouver. With more than 15 years of experience, he has worked on dozens of projects that make it easier for end-users and employees to use technology. You may find examples of his work here

You can reach Robert by email;

Labour Day

The Actsafe office will be closed on Monday, September 3rd, 2018 for Labour Day. To re-open on Tuesday, September 4th at 9.00am.


Carbon Literacy Course

Going green may seem to be the latest trend, but it is a trend with a variety of benefits for your production. Applying green processes to the workplace creates a healthy environment for employees, reduces unnecessary waste and recognizes the role that you and your organisation play in leading the way for social change. 

Carbon Literacy is a unique, engaging and solutions-based training session offering attendees the information and inspiration to live and work in a more sustainable way. Taking this Carbon Literacy course is free and recommended to everyone in the motion picture industry. Coffee, water and a light lunch will be provided. Please bring a reusable water bottle and/or coffee mug.

Upon successful completion of the day, attendees will:

  • have a sound understanding of the science of climate change
  • understand how to act to reduce their impact
  • recognize the impact that production has on the environment
  • have knowledge of the tools and techniques to lessen this impact
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Animal Handling Rules

The safety of working animals and the persons working on such productions should be of primary concern. This list of rules includes the contacts details for who the producer should notify prior to the commencement of any work involving an animal or animals.

Extreme Hot Weather Video

Our short forecast video provides tips on how workers can identify and prevent hazards when working in extreme hot conditions and includes what to look out for if someone is suffering from heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke.

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