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Performing Arts Safety For Supervisors

This workshop is designed to provide all motion picture industry supervisors with a fundamental understanding of current WorkSafeBC regulations and their safety obligations.

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Performing Arts Safety Awareness

This highly interactive general safety workshop is designed specifically for the performing arts and live event industry. Topics covered include: identifying hazards; rights and responsibilities; the importance of safety committees in the workplace and more.

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Performing Arts Safety Primer

This document contains important safety information for those working in the Performing Arts. PA Safety Primer PDF

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Tension Grid Safety Performing Arts Fact Sheet

This fact sheet is intended to give information on safe work procedures when working on a tension grid installed in a performing arts venue.

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Concussions in Performing Arts Workplaces by Dr. Jeffrey Russell

This concussion in performing arts slideshow was presented at the 2018 Actsafe event Safety Conference by Dr. Jeffrey Russell of Ohio University. 

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Dancers and MSI Performing Arts Safety Primer

Musculoskeletal injury (MSI) is the most frequently reported medical problem among classical and modern dancers. The majority of dancers have reported at least one injury that has affected their dancing or kept them from dancing and approximately 50% of dancers report at least one chronic injury. A musculoskeletal injury is any injury or disorder of […]

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Musicians and MSI Performing Arts Safety Primer

Musicians (including vocalists) are prone to MSI that is caused or aggravated by practice, rehearsal, or performance. Playing a musical instrument may be second only to computer use in terms of population exposure to MSI. Some studies have shown that approximately half of professional musicians and music students experience significant MSI symptoms. A Musculoskeletal injury […]

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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 […]

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#8 Safety With Firearms Performing Arts Safety Bulletin

These guidelines are intended to give recommendations on the safe handling, use and storage of rearms. Firearms include prop guns, rubber guns, plastic guns, non-guns, flintlock guns, pistols, machine guns, rifles and shotguns that shoot blank ammunition. The Property Manager (or, in his/her absence, the weapons handler and/or other appropriate personnel determined by the locality […]

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Recommendations For Managing Fatigue in the Performing Arts Industry Booklet

Humans are a day-oriented species and when we challenge that by working late into the night, there can be consequences. The following recommendations will help you overcome those challenges and by doing so; – Increase your personal health and safety – Improve your family and social life – Improve work performance – Decrease your risk […]

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#13 Hiring Children in Live Entertainment Performing Arts Safety Bulletin

Effective July 1 2012, there were new regulations in effect governing the employment of children in the live entertainment industry. The legislation covers performance and rehearsal in theatre, dance, music, opera and circus in British Columbia. This legislation, Division 3, Employment Standards Regulation, B.C. Reg. 396/95, applies to performing arts organizations that employ non-union children […]

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#1 Animal Handling Rules Performing Arts Safety Bulletin

This safety bulletin briefly outlines a set rules by which the safe handling of animals and those working with them can be upheld and maintained, noting that the safety of working animals and the persons working on such productions must be of primary concern. Animal Handling Performing Arts Bulletin

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#14 Performer Flying & Aerial Stunts Performing Arts Safety Bulletin

Performer flying and aerial stunts involve much greater potential for serious or fatal injury than normal performance activities. This document provides general guidelines for the principles of safe design, risk assessment, rehearsal and performance. Performer Flying and Aerial Stunts Performing Arts Bulletin

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#9 Stage Combat, Stunts & Weaponry Performing Arts Safety Bulletin

All stage combats and stunts should be choreographed or arranged by a fight/stunt director who has specific knowledge of the requested type of stunt. This document contains safety guidelines for the safe execution of stage combat, stunts and use of weaponry (including firearms) in the motion picture, television, performing arts and live events industries: Stage […]

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#7 Rigging Systems and Flown Scenery Performing Arts Safety Bulletin

Anyone who is responsible for rigging must understand the legislation before proceeding with any rigging work. Rigging is one of the most dangerous tasks in the theatre and it presents hazards for: • The operator (musculoskeletal and other bodily injuries) • The performers or crew onstage below (being crushed by falling scenery) • The audience […]

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#3 Edged and Piercing Props Performing Arts Safety Bulletin

These guidelines are intended to provide recommendations on the safe handling, use and storage of those props that can cut or puncture cast or crew members. These props include but are not limited to knives, swords, razors, darts, bows and arrows, hatchets, saws, spears, cross bows and martial arts throwing stars. Edged and Piercing Props […]

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#5 Fire Resistant Treatment of Scenic Elements Performing Arts Safety Bulletin

This safety bulletin covers legal requirements and best practices related to the Fire Resistant Treatment of Scenic Elements, how to determine if a scenic element meets standards for fire/flame resistance (The Burn Test), and discusses risks associated with open flames used on stage sets. Fire Resistant Treatment Performing Arts Bulletin

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#15 Use and Set-Up of Large Tents Performing Arts Safety Bulletin

When planning any activity requiring the use of a tent that will be occupied by people, the first step is to conduct a risk assessment. The risk assessment will help identify how much space you need and help identify risks associated with flammables (i.e. hair/makeup, costumes, paints, food services, clothing racks, etc.) The risk assessment […]

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#11 A Health & Safety Overview of Orchestra Pits Performing Arts Safety Bulletin

Orchestra pits can be dangerous to members of the crew during load-ins, set-ups, tech work and strikes, as well as to performers on the stage and musicians in the pit during rehearsals and performances. Janet Sellery of Sellery Health + Safety notes: “There are lots of examples of people and objects falling into orchestra pits. […]

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#6 Appropriate Clothing & Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Performing Arts Safety Bulletin

The purpose of this Safety Bulletin is to provide Supervisors with a guide for instructing employees in the selection of appropriate clothing and certain types of personal protective equipment (PPE). This bulletin also serves as a reference to guide employees as to what types of clothing and personal protective equipment are recommended for specific types […]

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