Artificial Smokes and Fogs on Set
It has come to UBCP/ACTRA’s attention that some Members may have health and safety concerns regarding the heavy use of artificial fog and haze while working on local productions.
Currently, there are no known long-term effects from exposure to artificial smoke or fog. However, it is important to realize that every individual is different and possible health effects may range from:
• none • irritation to the eyes • dry throat • respiratory irritation
The elderly, children, people with severe lung problems and/or asthma, and pregnant women may have a higher sensitivity to artificial smoke and fog. Members should advise an employer representative, such as a supervisor (BG Coordinator, AD or Stunt Coordinator) or first-aid attendant with any concerns.
If you think you are experiencing symptoms related to your exposure to artificial smoke and fog, it is very important that you report to First Aid and if applicable fill out a “Form 7” (Employer’s Report of Injury or Occupational Disease).
If symptoms persist, please see your doctor.
It is your employer’s responsibility to ensure you are working in a safe environment and they may have one or more of the following control measures in place to reduce your exposure:
• The number of cast and crew exposed to artificial smoke and fog may be limited. If your presence is not required, please keep clear of the area.
• The time or duration of exposure may be limited. Worksites where workers are exposed for extended durations may require additional control measures.
• Ventilation and exhaust mechanisms may be used to maintain levels that do not exceed applicable exposure limits.
• The employer may monitor airborne levels to ensure they do not exceed exposure limits.
Safety talks must be held with cast and crew to discuss operations and precautions associated with the use of artificial smoke or fog. Safety talks may include but are not limited to the following:
• Possible health effects of exposure (e.g., eye irritation, dry throat or respiratory irritation).
• When and where atmospheric effects will be used.
• Steps that personnel should take to avoid smoke or fog exposure when possible.
• Ventilation procedures in place to ensure adequate fresh air is available.
• Availability and use of respiratory protection if airborne levels are expected to exceed exposure limits.
• Who to contact if you experience any signs of health effects from exposure.
What’s being done:
UBCP/ACTRA continues to work with the other film unions, the employers, Actsafe and WorkSafeBC to ensure that WorkSafeBC Regulations are being followed, exposure control plans are in place and that work environments are safe for our members. We continue to explore ways to ensure the safety of all film industry workers. To view the recently updated Actsafe Bulletin on Artificial Smokes and Fog go to:
If you have any concerns about the use of artificial fog and smoke, please speak with your supervisor (BG Coordinator, AD or Stunt Coordinator) or contact the Union Representative assigned to the production you are working on by calling 604-689-0727 or email email@example.com
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