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Health and Safety Guide for Live Performance (Festivals)

This document is a guide to assist you in the design of your own dedicated safety plan for live performance events such as festivals.

Nowadays, most people in BC’s entertainment industry are very aware that their workplaces are subject to Workers Compensation Board regulations, but far fewer people know exactly what the regulations are or how to go about complying with them. Particularly in the world of small production companies and short-term events, some of the rules can appear inappropriate and compliance with them seem a major burden. Often the difficulty is really one of knowing how to start. Once a system has been put in place and it has become routine to consider health and safety issues as part of each production, the amount of time spent in meeting the regulations is actually rather small and, since the cost is so much less than that of having a worker injured (a lead performer for instance), operating a safety program is only sensible.

Part 1 of this guide is intended to inform you about basic health and safety requirements that apply to all performing arts productions.

Part 2 will help you to meet these requirements and make your event healthier and safer.

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