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The time of year is upon us when we must consider seasonal changes and how they affect our work practices.

Several topics to take into account for yourself, your colleagues and your workers this summer are;

Wildfires - be aware of where the active wildfires are on a map of B.C. here. To see when the Government issues a Smokey Skies Bulletin on their Air Quality Advisory site click here. The bulletin is issued when areas of the province are being impacted or have reasonable potential to be impacted by wildfire smoke within 24-48 hours.

Emergency Preparedness - Do you have an emergency plan if the big one hits? Know the risks, make a plan and get a kit as recommended by

Heat - know the dangers and signs of heat stroke and how to prevent it here.

Animal Handling - the BC SPCA request that the producer provides formal notification and forward script scenes using live animals to this email address: We also encourage crew to contact the BC SPCA if you have concerns, you can call 1-866-622-7722 anonymously. More info. can be found in our bulletin below.

Local Wildlife - Workers who may encounter bears, cougars or wolves in the course of their work must receive related education and safety training. Check out our bulletin below for further info. 

Mental Health & Substance Abuse - Calltime: Mental Health is an initiative by British Columbia's motion picture industry unions to assist workers and employers grappling with mental health and addiction issues both in and out of the workplace and can be found at

See our Bulletin and Fact Sheet section at the end of this newsletter for a curated selection of relevant industry information pertaining to working safely this summer.

Cone Zone Slow Down

In the last 10 years, 12 roadside workers have been killed and 218 workers have missed time. Whether we drive, bike, walk or use transit to get to work we all use the roadways and we all have a part to play to help make them safer for roadside workers.

Help raise awareness by understanding and sharing these messages;
  • Slow down at cone zones.
  • Leave your phones alone when driving, biking or even walking.
  • Obey traffic signs and traffic control persons - it's the law!
  • If you see red, blue or yellow lights slow down and move over - it's the law! - Motorists must slow your speed to 70km/h (when in an 80km/h or over zone), or 40km/h (when in an under 80km/h zone.)
Drivers! Your car weighs up to two tons. A cone won’t slow it down, but you can. Remember to slow down, pay attention and be respectful. Learn more at #ConeZoneBC
Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) Meeting Minutes

By regulation, the JHSC must meet at least once a month and must produce meeting minutes after every meeting.  

What are Committee reports?

Committee reports, or meeting minutes, are a written record of what happens in the monthly joint health and safety committee meeting. Generally, committee reports should cover the who, what and when of the meeting. Who involves recording who was there (committee members and guests), and who certain tasks, or action items, were assigned to.  What covers many things: what was discussed, what issues were brought to the table, what recommendations were made and what was done to resolve the issue. The when part is a simple recording of the date and time of the meeting, as well as the date and time of the next meeting. Committee reports are to be prepared after each joint health and safety committee meeting. In next month’s safety scene, we’ll describe what happens to the report after it’s been created.

WorkSafeBC has templates available to make it easy for you to produce appropriate meeting minutes.  Click on the link to download a word document that contains this and many other templates you can use in your joint health and safety committee meetings.

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.
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 (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.
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First Steps

Ok, let’s keep this simple. I know many of our not for profit and community groups have yet to tackle safety in their venues, so let me give you some simple first steps:

  • Add “Safety” as an agenda item at all staff meetings.
  • Add “Safety” as an agenda item for Board of Directors meetings.
  • Keep detailed minutes of these meetings.

Yes. That simple.

Adding "Safety" to your agendas will open the floor for safety issues and even if there is nothing to report will ensure you always have a place for that discussion.

Free and easy.

Contact me anytime:

Have a theatre or performance space? Need help starting a Safety Program?

Peer Inspection is a program that pairs up venues and staff to perform real-time safety inspections of each other’s facilities.

With guidance from an Actsafe industry advisor, we will tour your respective venues and discuss the safety issues uncovered in each facility. This non-binding inspection is a tool to develop your skills in hazard identification and safety solutions 
Actsafe will help you decipher the issues and guide you to available resources, as well as give you practical solutions to everyday hazards.
How does it work?

Sign-Up: Once you have signed up, by contacting Don Parman (, and answered a few questions, Actsafe will then pair you up with another facility participating in the program. 

Actsafe then arranges a date, or dates, to visit each venue and do the walk through.

Duration: Each inspection takes 2-4hrs* depending on the size and complexity of the venues. 

*Both venues will be covered the same day whenever possible, but schedules and geography will often make that difficult, so multiple days may be required to complete the inspections.
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Road Safety At Work Workshop
The goal of this free workshop is to help participants begin or develop their occupational road safety program. Content and exercises are of interest to company owners, managers, supervisors, health and safety practitioners, Joint Occupational Health and Safety committee members and others who have responsibility for making decisions and developing programs to keep employees safe on BC roads.

Where & When:
Victoria, June 14th, 8.30am - 12.30pm
New Westminster, June 15th, 8.30am - 12.30pm
Kamloops, June 26th, 8.30am - 12.30pm
Vernon, June 27th, 8.30am - 12.30pm
Cost: Free
Details: Road Safety At Work 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.

Unrestricted is a two-day conference collaboration between the BC Alliance and the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance, with more than 16 sessions that explore connections without restriction, including:

  • a look at successful partnerships between the arts, culture and heritage sector and the worlds of tech, health, and academia.
  • collaborations that champion inclusivity and reconciliation
  • the culture of mentorship
  • healthy workplaces
  • and more

When: June 13th - 14th
Where: BMO Theatre Centre, Vancouver
Cost: For full pricing and registration click here.

Rate Consultation Session

Join WorkSafeBC, and other employers in your region, to learn more about the proposed 2019 rates for your industry, injury trends in British Columbia, and what you can do to reduce injuries, claim costs, and your insurance rate.

Details: here
Cost: Free

2019 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (#VIWIFF)

Calling all filmmakers! Our friends at Women In Film have officially opened the submissions for the 2019 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival and the International Screenplay Competition.

Details on submissions: here

Actsafe Aspiring Filmmaker Award

Actsafe's team members Anand Kanna (Manager, Communications & Motion Picture Industry Advisor) and Geoff Teoli (Executive Director) recently presented the winner of the Actsafe Aspiring Filmmaker Award to Ethan Eigenfeldt. As part of the prize, there will be a screening of Ethan's film at a Director's Guild of Canada event on June 24th. Check out his video below:

L - R; Ryan Redford (Walnut Grove Secondary School), Anand Kanna, Ethan Eigenfeldt (Award winner), Geoff Teoli, Robin Schooley (WorkSafeBC.)
Are you aware of all the industry-relevant courses Actsafe offer?
  • Aerial Platform Training
  • Cardiac Arrest Management
  • Counterbalanced Forklift Training
  • Fall Protection Training
  • Firearm Safety Level 1
  • Joint Health & Safety Committee Fundamentals
  • Live Performance Electrical Certificate
  • Motion Picture Industry Orientation
  • Motion Picture Safety Awareness
  • Motion Picture Safety For Supervisors
  • Performing Arts Safety Awareness
  • Occupational First Aid Level 1
  • Propane Safety Awareness Training
  • Reel Green Carbon Literacy Course
  • Rough Terrain Forklift Training
  • TDG
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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.

British Columbia Wildlife

Workers who may encounter bears, cougars or wolves in the course of their work must receive related education and safety training. This bulletin covers the topics that should be included in an organization’s health and safety program. 
Extreme Hot Conditions

This bulletin addresses special safety considerations when working outdoors and exposed to extreme hot temperature conditions. Safeguards should be taken to prevent serious injury or illness to crewmembers. 

AED Training

Take some refresher AED training with this Instructional video on the use of the LifePak CR-Plus AED, the centrepiece in Actsafe's AED Program.

If your organization is interested in a short-term AED rental please contact Pat in our office for further information
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