Working At Heights: Performing Arts Safety Primer

This primer is for employers, performers, and technicians in British Columbia’s live performance industry. It describes health and safety requirements and safe work practices for working at heights.

You may find the information in this primer useful if you are involved with:

• An established performing arts organization, such as a dance or theatre company
• An organization that produces concerts, cooperative shows, or corporate or special events (including festivals)
• A volunteer or educational organization

Aim of this primer

• Help employers comply with their legal responsibility to take every reasonable precaution to protect workers from falls
• Provide information about fall protection issues so cast and crew members can work safely

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Performing Arts Safety Primer

Actsafe created the Performing Arts Safety Primer — a pocket sized booklet that contains concise and relevant information and guidelines that relate to issues that all artists, managers, and crafts people may encounter.

The Safety Primer was developed through the suggestion of Performing Arts standing committee who felt that there was a need for relevant and local reference material. The booklet answers basic health and safety questions that may come up in day to day production and rehearsal. There is further reference to Actsafe’s safety bulletins within the Safety Primer as additional resources.

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Motion Picture Safety Primer – Production

This primer describes safety guidelines and requirements for the various departments and specialized activities that may occur during a production. Topics covered include construction; painting; ladders; scaffolds; fall protection equipment; lighting and electrical safety; pyrotechnics; smoke and fog; firearms; underwater diving and more.

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How to Conduct a Field Flame Test

In response to a request from within the performing arts industry, Actsafe has just produced and launched a new video on how to conduct a field flame test to determine if a material is properly flame retarded.

The video discusses what to look for to see if a material is already properly flame retarded; when to test materials; where to look for information and, of course, how to conduct a field flame test.

Please note: A field flame test should only be conducted when a material’s flame retardant documentation is not available. It is a last resort to check for flame retardation. When testing, only a sample of the material should be tested.

Actsafe would like to thank Erin Neely of Hollynorth Production Supplies for her participation in the making of this video.

GENIE Rigging Manual

Special Supplement to Genie Industries Operator’s Manual.

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GENIE Cribbing Manual

Operator’s manual; cribbing instructions.

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JLG Rigging Manual (PDF)

The purpose of this manual is to provide owners, users, operators, lessors, and lessees with the precautions and operation procedures essential for the safe and proper machine operation for its intended purpose.

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JLG Cribbing Manual

The purpose of this manual is to provide owners, users, operators, lessors, and lessees with the precautions and operation procedures essential for the safe and proper machine operation for its intended purpose.

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This booklet explains the requirements of WorkSafeBC (Workers’ Compensation Board of B.C.) for de-energization and lockout. It discusses:

  • The importance of locking out machinery and equipment
  • The dangers of hazardous energy
  • When lockout is required
  • Basic and group lockout procedures
  • Employer and worker responsibilities for safe lockout

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Review of Material Safety Data Sheets for Common Set Dressing Materials

This review is a summary of the hazards and recommended precautions when working with materials commonly used by Special Effects, Costumes, and Set Decorating to create photographic dust effects, “worn” costumes, and “dusty” sets.

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SNORKEL Boom Lift Capacity Reduction Manual for Set Lighting Technicians and Studio Grips

Boom Lift Platform Capacity Reduction Manual designed specifically for Set Lighting Technicians and Studio Grips. The manual contains a list of applicable machines that the capacity reductions apply to; reduction charts; minimum power line safe approach distances; maximum wind chart allowances; and operator training requirements.

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Paint Safety Primer

Painters in the entertainment industry are potentially exposed to chemical hazards from paint products.

Painting in the arts industry is dynamic; painters often work with varnishes, paint spraying and other similar jobs that put them at risk equal to or greater than painters in other professions. Studies have shown that painters have a 30% or greater risk of lung cancer. Additionally, there are increased risks for cancer of the bladder, stomach and esophagus. The health risks can be reduced by limiting and/or eliminating exposures.

The information contained in this booklet aims to arm painters with the knowledge and information to protect themselves and stay healthy for years to come.

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