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2020 WorkSafeBC student safety video contest - NOTE: The 2020 contest is closed.

Submit your original video for a chance to win cash!

Theme — Not all injuries are visible - View current submissions

Regardless of where you work – at a retail store, an office, a restaurant, a construction site, or a hospital – you could be exposed to hazards in the air you breathe, in the materials you use, or from contact with the people you meet.

The theme of this year’s contest — Not all injuries are visible — challenges students to create a video that explores the topic of workplace injuries we can’t see. Injuries such as broken bones, cuts, burns, and bruises may be easy to see, but mental injury, occupational diseases, and hearing loss can be harder to detect. Exposure to things like workplace stress, heat stress, asbestos, noise, pesticides, or other chemicals can lead to hidden injuries.

Think about the hazards you can’t see and what you can do to reduce your risk of injury. How would you identify hidden injuries? What questions would you ask or what behaviour change would you look for?

Video considerations

When making your video (maximum two minutes), think of a creative way to get your message across. All styles of video are fair game: drama, comedy, documentary, music video, stop-motion, claymation, animation — the choice is yours! (Note: only videos featuring live-action production are eligible for the bonus prize of the Actsafe Aspiring Filmmaker Award. For more details on this prize, see Bonus prize below, or visit

Need inspiration?

Check out the winning videos from 2006 to 2019. Learn more about your rights and responsibilities at work on the Listen to Your Gut website. For more information, check out Hidden Hazards in the Workplace: A Young Worker's Guide.

Eligibility and prizes

You can enter the contest if you're a B.C. student in grades 8 to 12 with a teacher or youth organization sponsor. There’s one category for students in grades 8 to 10 and one for students in grades 11 and 12.

There’s more than $10,000 in prize money to be awarded to students and their schools or youth organizations. Entries will be judged on the impact of their safety message, original creative concept, and technical execution. The top entry will also advance to the national Focus on Safety Youth Video Contest to compete for additional prizes.

How to submit your video

Post your video on YouTube, then have your teacher or youth organization sponsor fill out the entry form and include the link to your video. We’ll review your YouTube video and if it meets our criteria (no inappropriate language or images and no copyrighted music, please), we’ll post your entry on our website. After submitting your YouTube link, you can also post your video on Instagram. Don’t forget to follow @WorkSafeBC and use the hashtag #SVCWorkSafeBC.

For more details, see the contest rules and the entry form.

Don't want to make a video but still want to participate?

You can participate by viewing and rating your favourite videos. Check regularly to see new videos as they are posted — and remember to get your family and friends to rate their favourites too!


Deadline for submissions is Friday, February 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. But remember, the sooner your video is posted, the more time people will have to view and rate it.

2020 contest sponsors

Actsafe website   London Drugs website Seaspan website WorkSafeBC website

Bonus prize

One lucky creative team will win the Actsafe Aspiring Filmmaker Award, which includes lunch with a prominent Canadian filmmaker, a behind-the-scenes tour of a current production, screening of your film at a Directors Guild of Canada event, and more. For more details, visit (Note: only videos featuring live-action production are eligible for the Actsafe award.)