OHS Information

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Health & Safety Tips videos

We believe that everyone's health and safety is of the utmost importance, whether it is during preparation, during a shoot or during post-production. In order to help you better understand occupational health and safety (OHS), we have developed a series of videos. 

In this first video, we present an overview of the Act respecting occupational health and safety and the Act respecting industrial accidents and occupational diseases. 

Happy viewing!

Please note that the videos are only in French. However, you may turn on the English subtitles.


useful links

Chemical risk - factors related to the presence of a hazardous product

CNESST - Asbestos: danger of exposure to asbestos dust (document available in French only)

CNESST - Asbestos

CNESST - Identifying materials likely to contain asbestos  (document available in French only)


CNESST - Crystalline silica

Carbon monoxide

ACT SAFE - Carbon monoxide exposure during film shoots 

Dermatitis allergic contact

CCOHS - Dermatitis, Allergic Contact


CCOHS - Welder


CANADA - Use cosmetics safely

CANADA - Cosmetic Safety

Hairstyling products

CCOHS - Hairdresser

OFFICIEL PRÉVENTION - Occupational risk prevention for hairdressers  (in French only)


Alberta – Health and safety section

ALBERTA - Make-up (document available in French only)


Physical risk - factors related to the work environment
Occupational health & safety
Frequently asked questions
Why do we have health and safety legislation?

Because many tragic accidents have occurred, because too many have resulted in serious consequences, because no one should be injured on the job. Two laws have been passed, one on prevention (the Act respecting occupational health and safety) and the other on compensation (the Act respecting industrial accidents and occupational diseases).

What is prevention?

The Act respecting occupational health and safety stipulates actions that the employer, the person in authority and the worker must take BEFORE the execution of a job in order to prevent accidents. These are preventive measures* that each person is required to establish, observe and/or inform others of.

* See Sheet 1 - Safety Rules for the Quebec Film and Video Industry on this page

What is compensation?

The Act respecting industrial accidents and occupational diseases stipulates measures to be taken AFTER an event has occurred to protect the rights of workers who have suffered an occupational injury recognized by the CNESST (industrial accident, occupational disease, recurrence/relapse/aggravation).

What is the role of the cnesst in quebec?

The Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST – commission on workplace standards, fairness, health and safety) has been mandated by the Quebec government to administer the occupational health and safety system. It serves as the public insurer for workers and employers, in addition to dealing with prevention.

Can workers sue their employers following an accident?

No, to the extent that the employer is subject to the Quebec occupational health and safety system, which provides no-fault protection.

If i’m incorporated, do i need to register with the cnesst?

Yes, because our collective agreements stipulate that technicians offering their services through an incorporated company must be registered with the CNESST (article 8.2 of the AQTIS-AQPM collective agreements and article 11.10 of the AQTIS-AQPFP advertising production agreement).

So you must obtain individual coverage from the CNESST to be protected in the event of an industrial accident. This is a requirement. When you sign your employment contract, you do so in the name of your incorporated company, not your own name. For the purposes of the Act respecting industrial accidents and occupational diseases, your employer is your own incorporated company, not the producer.

This means that in the event of an industrial accident, the producer’s CNESST insurance will not cover you: you must have taken out coverage for yourself from the CNESST. When you contact the CNESST, you must explain your situation and make it clear that you wish to take out coverage for yourself, not your company. Otherwise, the CNESST may tell you that you don’t need coverage.

Can a decision of the cnesst be challenged?

Yes, anyone (worker or employer) who believes they have been wronged by a decision of the CNESST has the right to challenge it. The process varies depending on the nature of the decision.

What medical expenses are covered by the cnesst?

All medical expenses related to a work injury are covered by the CNESST. It pays for:

  • The services of a health professional (physician, dentist, optometrist);
  • Care and treatment received in a facility that is part of the Quebec health and social services network (e.g., a hospital or CLSC);
  • Drugs and other pharmaceutical products;
  • Orthotics and prosthetics;
  • Care and treatment provided in private facilities by healthcare professionals if that care or treatment is covered by the Regulation respecting medical aid and was prescribed by the attending physician (e.g., physiotherapy);
  • Technical aids and other costs provided for in the Regulation.
If i change jobs, does my new employer have access to my cnesst file?

No. You are the only person who has access to your complete CNESST file.

Even if there is a relapse, recurrence or aggravation when you are working for a different employer, only the employer you were working for when your work accident occurred has access to the file created by the CNESST regarding that specific injury. Additionally, only the health professional designated by that employer has access to the medical component of your file.

Furthermore, when a health professional designated by your employer consults your medical or rehabilitation file, the CNESST lets you know, and provides you with that person’s name and address.

If an occupational disease is related to an occupation practised for more than one employer, all the employers involved may have access to your file.

What is an industrial accident?

“A sudden and unforeseen event...which happens to a person, arising out of or in the course of his work”

For example:

  • Tripping and scraping your knee
  • Experiencing shoulder pain while putting a garment bag on the rack in the trailer
  • Getting hit in the head by a falling piece of scenery on the set

Even if you don’t go to the doctor, it’s still an event that occurred at work, so it’s an industrial accident.

When should i report an industrial accident?

As soon as possible, to the producer and the union.

Who decides if your pain/injury is work-related?

The doctor.

So if you have reported several episodes of shoulder pain after handling heavy objects on the job, it will be easier for the doctor to make the connection when diagnosing your condition.

A diagnosis from a physiotherapist, chiropractor or osteopath is not valid; only a doctor’s medical opinion will be accepted.

Who decides whether you have suffered an industrial accident?


AQTIS 514 IATSE will help you navigate the process.

What should i tell the producer who hired me if i have to take time off work?

Say “A doctor has ordered me to take time off from work.”
The producer doesn’t need to know your diagnosis or why you went to the doctor. You don’t have to justify taking time off; it’s doctor’s orders.

If i have an industrial accident, will i get less money?

The CNESST will pay you 90% of your net salary. When AQTIS 514 IATSE starts working on your file, we will be able to provide the CNESST with your earnings history to make sure your compensation is calculated accurately, based on your income.

If i have an industrial accident, will i receive my full salary?

The CNESST has a ceiling for benefits. For 2023, the maximum eligible salary is $91,000.

How do i get reimbursed for safety footwear for a quebec production?

Appendix K to the AQTIS-AQPM collective agreement sets out the provisions relating to safety footwear, i.e. the amount allocated and the departments entitled to it. 

How do i get reimbursed for safety footwear for a u.s. Production?

Any member in good standing who works at least one day on a U.S. production is entitled to reimbursement for safety footwear up to a maximum of $200 once per 12-month period. To be eligible, the footwear must bear the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) mark.

There are three ways to submit a claim for reimbursement:

•    Mail the original paper invoice 
•    Hand-deliver the invoice to the office
•    Email the invoice to fdevost@aqtis514iatse.com

The following information is required: your first and last name, your mailing address (to send the cheque), the title of the U.S. production you worked on during the year.