New online tool assesses first aid requirements

May 20, 2015

First aid compliance just got much easier for the film industry.

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The First Aid Assessment Tool is now available online from ActSafe, the safety association serving BC’s motion picture and performing arts industry. It helps employers to book the right staff and equipment required by Part 3.14 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

“Once you have the information you need, completing a first aid assessment takes less than one minute with ActSafe’s online assessment tool,” reads the ActSafe website.

All employers in BC must determine first aid needed by looking at these factors in a workplace:

(a) the number of workers who may require first aid at any time,

(b) the nature and extent of the risks and hazards in the workplace, including whether or not the workplace as a whole creates a low, moderate or high risk of injury,

(c) the types of injuries likely to occur,

(d) any barriers to first aid being provided to an injured worker, and

(e) the time that may be required to obtain transportation and to transport an injured worker to medical treatment.

An employer must reassess the workplace “whenever a significant change affecting the assessment occurs in the employer’s operations” – which happens all the time in the film industry.

“It’s a constantly changing workplace,” says Geoff Teoli, ActSafe’s executive director, explaining (when I asked) that a film set could be in a remote forest, an abandoned building, a downtown alley, or many other places.

During the shoot, there will likely be more people working on set than there are during the set up and wrap, which also changes requirements.

In the past, this process required “deciphering tables, equipment lists and calculating hazard adjustment ratios to figure out your first aid requirements,” reads the ActSafe website.

But not anymore.

“The tables and calculations were just intimidating for most of the workers,” Geoff said. “This gives them really a nice simple tool. It takes less than a minute to do and they get everything from inventory list to hazard assessment.”

Congrats to ActSafe and thanks to Geoff for talking with me about it.

Learning about your brain on the job

May 13, 2015

Image credit: J E Theriot on Flickr

Image credit: J E Theriot on Flickr

“Every single day your brain makes all your decisions. It’s your memory. It’s everything – but who thinks about that?” asks brain coach Gary Anaka, one of the guest speakers who will be at the 1st Annual Northern BC Safety Conference in Prince George on May 30, 2015.

“The brain you have is 30,000 years old and it hasn’t changed much,” he said. “That means we are not equipped to be living in this electronic virtual world. It’s overwhelming us.”

The part of the brain that gets overloaded is known as the “prefrontal cortex,” Gary said. He’s talking about the front of your brain, where the analyzing, reasoning, and thinking happens.

In his workshops, Gary refers to the prefrontal cortex as “the captain of your ship.”

“When that thinking part of the brain gets overwhelmed, you can start to daydream or not pay attention,” Gary said. “You don’t make proper decisions and you can’t focus and you make mistakes and that’s how accidents happen.”

The key is to keep the front of your brain active – and Gary has a few tips for doing this.

Upshifting your brain

In his talk Your brain on the job, Gary will elaborate on the above and he will offer three or four exercises to keep the brain “upshifted” and ready to work safely.

“There are ways to keep the brain focused in the front – in the prefrontal cortex” he said. “If workers all understood how their brains operate, we would really reduce the accident rate and save lives because everything I teach people is free to use. It doesn’t cost anything. We can learn to work with our brain and keep it upshifted so we don’t make mistakes. We’re healthier happier people – and it’s not only in our work world. It’s also our personal world – our family world.”

This conference is free to attend (thanks to generous sponsors) and is suitable for all workers, supervisors, and owners working in Nothern BC’s forest industry. Thanks to Gary for talking with me.

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