Joint Health & Safety Committees - Opioid Crisis Management - Turning Green - WorkSafeBC Proposed OHS Regulation Amendments

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Is your Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) compliant?

With the cold winter months behind us, we can turn our attention to the warmer months ahead and the start of busy production schedules. Television pilots, festivals, concerts and feature films all ramp up their preparations to handle the busy spring and summer seasons.  As new productions start, one of the first things organization should be doing is thinking about their joint health and safety committees. Here is a little primer of what your committee needs to look like to be in compliance with WorkSafeBC regulations.
  • If your organization has more than 20 workers, you need a JHSC.
  • Your JHSC must have at least 4 members (you can have more if you want, but smaller is better).
  • The committee must have a minimum of 50% worker representatives.
  • Worker representatives are generally appointed by the unions (shop stewards) but can be elected by the workers from people within the workforce. 
  • In the motion picture industry, the employer representatives must be from the Production Manager level or above.
  • There need to be 2 co-chairs; one from the workers and one from the employers.
  • All committee members must have WorkSafeBC’s mandatory 8-hour JHSC Fundamentals training.  Click here to see when the next available workshop at Actsafe is.
In our May newsletter, we’ll discuss the JHSC meetings and what they do there.

Actsafe offer an 8-hour Joint Health & Safety Committee Fundamentals Training course which covers:
  • Navigating the Workers Compensation Act and regulations
  • Terms of reference
  • Meeting minutes & reporting
  • Inspections
  • Work refusals
  • Incident investigations Committee evaluation 
This workshop is free to employers in the motion picture and performing arts industries.
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Do you have a plan?

"B.C.’s live event industry readies its response to opioid overdoses", writes Susan Main, author of WorkSafeBC's Speaking of Safety blog. It can happen anywhere, including theatres, music venues, and wherever else people go for live entertainment. In 2017, more than 1,400 people died of drug overdoses in B.C. – with most of the overdoses linked to fentanyl. That’s why an increasing number of people in the event industry are adding naloxone to their first aid kits.

Actsafe's Performing Arts Industry Advisor, Don Parman, addresses the topic in Susan's article;
“Opioid overdoses are happening everywhere – at festivals and venues as far north as Fort St. John and all over the province. This is not just a Lower Mainland issue. Everyone should be looking at this as a hazard.”

Read the full article here.

There are several organizations out there to help you develop procedures and best practices to address opioid overdoses, including;
  • St John Ambulance - who offer an Opioid Overdose Management Course.
  • Toward the Heart - harm reduction education.
  • Construction Industry Rehabilitation Plan - we recently invited Construction Rehabilitation Plan to our annual Event Safety Conference to train delegates in administering Naloxone. Over the course of one day, 60 delegates were trained and left with Naloxone kits.
  • Online Naloxone Training - take this training, and show your certificate of completion to an attendant at an approved site or hospital to receive your Naloxone kit.
How green is your production?

Film production traditionally consumes energy and waste, but several key industry organizations have already started the transition towards supporting and delivering more sustainable production.

Carbon Literacy Workshop Launch 

Several members of the Actsafe team recently took the new Carbon Literacy workshop provided by Real Green and Creative BC. In collaboration with these organizations, Actsafe is now offering the course here at the Actsafe offices in Burnaby.

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. See our Course Information section below for further information and to register.

Actsafe's Executive Director, Geoff Teoli, recently spoke with Reel Green about their collaboration and how Actsafe takes sustainability seriously. Read the article here.

Further Sustainability Reading and Resources

Reel Green hope to empower and inspire productions to innovate and implement sustainable production practices, and industry stakeholders to collectively support this effort. You can find their website here and subscribe to their newsletter here.

Discover how 21st Century Fox's production of the X-Files Season 11 went green here. As a result, The X-Files diverted 68% of its waste from landfill, avoided 19 metric tons of carbon emissions, and saved nearly $150,000 in the process. The production also introduced a new food donation program that distributed more than 2,500 meals to those in need in the Vancouver area and has already encouraged other film and TV projects in the region to adopt similar programs.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were created to protect our natural environment, human and ecological health while driving innovation and not compromising our way of life. The SDGs were adopted by all the world's government's at the United Nations in 2015 and will guide global development until the year 2030.

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.
Preventing Bullying & Harassment Workshop
BC Alliance for Arts & Culture is offering a workshop designed to help directors, managers and human resource supervisors to understand their roles and responsibilities around harassment and bullying. The session will be a combination of instruction and facilitated discussion so you can bring any questions or issues that may be concerning you relating to harassment and bullying.

When: April 11th, 9.30am - 12pm
Where: 100-938 Howe St., Vancouver
Details: See here for pricing and registration
MPPIA Career Expo
This important point of access for the people, organizations and companies that make the Motion Picture and Digital Media Industries tick provides students (secondary and post-secondary) the opportunity to connect with established professionals, leading companies and industry educators.

When: Monday, April 23rd, 10.00am-3.30pm
Where: Van City Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Details: Free admission, registration required here
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Day of Mourning
Every year workers, families, employers, and communities come together at ceremonies held around the province to remember those who have lost their lives to work-related incidents or occupational disease and renew our commitment to creating healthy and safe workplaces.

When: Saturday, April 28th, 11.45am
Where: Jack Poole Plaza – Vancouver Convention Centre
Details: Day Of Mourning BC
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Western Conference on Safety
Actsafe's Motion Picture Industry Advisor, Anand Kanna, will be in attendance as a judge for the WorkSafeBC Student Video Award 2018 at this year's Western Conference on Safety.

When: Monday - Tuesday, April 9th & 10th
Where: Jack Poole Plaza – Vancouver Convention Centre
Details: Here 
Actsafe Event Safety Conference 
Many thanks to all of you who attended this year and helped make our second Event Safety Conference a success! We'd love to hear how you felt it went. Do you have any suggestions for session topics next year? What was your highlight of our 2018 conference? We'll draw a feedback response at random to win a 2019 conference pass. Survey closes April 30th, 2018.

If you missed out this year, don't worry, we've added all of the session notes and resources to our conference website. If you'd like to be involved next year, we're accepting session proposals here. You may also like to sign up for conference updates here

When: March 7th - 8th, 2019.
Where: Delta Burnaby Conference Centre & Hotel
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NEW COURSE: Reel Green Carbon Literacy Course

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. Across the 6-hour workshop, delegates can expect to be challenged with engaging presentations, fun (yes, fun!) activities and the space to reflect and plan. Taking the 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

Course length: 6 hours

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WorkSafeBC has recently released a new bulletin which affects our motion picture and performing arts communities; Reducing the risk of pentane gas fires and explosions for users of expanded polystyrene foam.

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam releases flammable pentane gas. This bulletin gives an overview of EPS foam and its uses, explains the pentane gas hazard, and discusses steps you can take as an employer to reduce the risk of fires and explosions.
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Are you interested in researching claims data, including claims costs, injury rates and leading causes of injuries? Accident types representing a high percentage of claims in an industry are potential focus areas for health and safety programs and prevention initiatives.

You can use WorkSafeBC’s Industry Safety Information Centre (ISIC) web portal to research this claims data. Our recently recorded screen sharing video will take you through the process of accessing and exploring ISIC, specifically for Actsafe's industry sectors.

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