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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. […]

Tents are frequently used in festivals and for outdoor arts events. These guidelines provide recommendations on the safe set-up and use of small tents up to 60 m2 (645 ft2). Tents larger than this require a building permit in the City of Vancouver. Small tents Performing Arts Bulletin PDF

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

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 […]

These guidelines are intended to give recommendations for safely working on and around Gimbals/Motion Bases. Gimbals/Motion Bases are generally one-of-a-kind, purpose-built devices designed to simulate real-world movement. Challenging environments, such as an airplane in flight, a ship in a storm, and many others may be simulated through the use of a gimbal. Gimbals/ Motion Bases […]

This document is a guide to assist you in the design of your own dedicated safety plan. 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. […]

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

Play it Safe, commissioned jointly by the Vancouver School Board (VSB) and Actsafe Safety Association, was authored by Janet Sellery, an award-winning health and safety consultant specializing in the performing arts. While the guide was written for a BC audience, many of the resources address common hazards found in many school theatre and studio environments. The manual is […]

There has long been confusion among BC festival societies, concert promoters, night club owners and others engaged in the performing arts and live entertainment sector as to their obligations under the BC Workers Compensation Act when engaging non-resident performers. This info sheet focuses on group situations, such as dance troupes, orchestras, and bands, and applies […]

Actsafe’s Premiere Spotlight interview of Jay Dodge, Artistic Producer of the Boca del Lupo Theatre Company, discussing important safety aspects of producing and working on production in the performing arts, and particularly theatrical productions.

BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs Gas Safety Program Bulletin: Guidelines For Temporary LP-Gas Installations at Public Events PDF REPORT

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 […]

This four page guide, penned by Shelagh Davies, a Registered Speech-Language Pathologist with 20 years experience working with the voice and its disorders, provides information on how to maintain a strong, clear and easy voice. Composed of two main components, the guide first provides information on the proper care and maintenance of your larynx, which […]



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