Performing Arts Safety

  • Hello, I'm happy to announce that we have a new leader for the Performing Arts Safety Community of Practice - please welcome Randi Provost-Rizor ! Randi is  an Occupational Health and Safety Specialist and Training Coordinator for the University of ...

  • Daryl, Thank you so much for sharing these resources. I have been assisting our Performing Arts department as well and these resources will be extremely helpful.  Henry ------------------------------ Henry Salley Occupational Safety Manager Kennesaw ...

  • In preparation to assist our university's Department of Performing and Visual Arts plan for the Fall, I identified the attached resources, which I found extremely helpful.  There was an additional live webinar on events, which I haven't found posted ...

  • Thank you for that correction, Allison.  I was thinking sanitizers put into a fog or haze machine, which I've heard suggested elsewhere. Have any tests been done on Electrostatic sprayers as they relate to Covid specifically?  I couldn't find any. ...

  • Hi Allison, Have you asked your facilities/custodial team about the Clorox 360 unit? This is an aerosoling unit. THey could investigate the specs and chemical safety data sheet for you. Lori Welch EHS Coordinator Risk & ...

  • It is clear that singing is a problem. Projecting droplets at force will increase the necessary distancing; 6-feet is not enough. Here is the case to show them.  https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6919e6.htm . One symptomatic person infected 32 ...

  • Thanks, Allana. One follow-up question: you say foggers don't work, yet in the middle of page 10 under "Disinfecting Techniques" it mentions electrostatic spray (a.k.a. "fogging" as a means of quickly disinfecting a large space? Thanks, ...

  • Don't tell people what they want to hear - tell them what the experts say is safe and stick to it.  That's why they are experts. Fog disinfectants are not reliable or recommended. Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide  https://www.eventsafetyalliance.org/ ...

  • Hi-- Wondering what smaller schools are coming up with for engineering controls so theatre and music might be taught safely in person in the fall?  (CAN they be safely taught in person, what with the amount of inherent aerosolization in singing, voice ...

  • Hi Tracy, Thanks for the detailed feedback. I think you have the right idea to have key staff trained as trainers and maintaining detailed training records. Luckily I have been able to identify a reputable vendor to provide such training to our theater ...

  • In my experience, the only real way to manage this is to put your key theater staff (Technical Director, Shop Foreman, Head Electrician, etc.) through a good train the trainer program. They can then train the student on use and supervise their use while ...

  • Good morning, I am interested in learning how organizations are managing student use of aerial lifts in theaters (now called mobile elevated work platforms MEWPs). Specifically, I'm interested in how students are being trained and evaluated, and how ...

  • Speaking as a Theater Technician, not a safety specialist, what you are seeing in your theater is standard practice. A small number of theaters have lifelines and that is becoming more common. Just from looking at your photos, with the amount of ropes ...

  • Good afternoon, I'm wondering if someone here can assist me with a situation involving the loading/unloading of weights onto the arbors. Staff at one of my theaters is able to load/unload weights onto the arbors at the flyrail (see attached pictures). ...

  • Hi Tracy, Thank you for the detailed response! We would certainly have an engineer involved in ensuring the stage could withstand the weight. I like the idea of using a replica instead of the real thing, which was my initial suggestion. But if using ...

  • Thank you Tara :) Could always use great theatre resources! ------------------------------ Jennie Evangelista EH&S Specialist Chapman University Orange CA ------------------------------

  • Good Afternoon, Just wanted to pass this along in case you may find this useful.  https://www.usitt.org/news/ osha-your-theatre    Have a great day, Tara ------------------------------ Tara Smith Workplace Safety Specialist University of Minnesota ...

  • Theoretically, it can be done if the structure of the stage is rated for the load and this depends on how the stage is constructed. MOst proscenium theaters have a trapped stage with a basement room underneath. While they tend to be used for storage in ...

  • Hi Jeff, Thanks for the input. I recently found out that the National Theater of Great Britain has a Jaguar on stage for the Man and Superman production. It was actually driven onto the stage. ------------------------------ Chris Yohe Environmental ...

  • I have no practical experience, nor aware of any specific codes...but I can provide "frree" advice that may or may not be useful - Confirm with an engineer the stage can take the load Make sure you have a way of preventing it from moving once in ...

  • Good afternoon, Just wanted to give this a bump. Does anyone have experience with bringing a vehicle on stage?  Thanks, ------------------------------ Chris Yohe Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Specialist Lead Northwestern University ...

  • Greetings, One of my theater groups is inquiring about bringing a real, working vehicle with an internal combustion engine on stage (60's-70's VW bus) for a show. The vehicle would not actually be running at any point - it would be rolled on/off. Does ...

  • Theater/Film shops are almost always multi-use spaces. There is not going to be any single code to reference. Theater/Film shops sometimes will have a variety of activities including woodworking, metalworking, plastic fabrication, CNC's, laser cutters, ...

  • Chicago Flyhouse is your best bet:  http://www.flyhouse.com/ You can also look at these in addition to the ones you listed. Many of them have multiple offices or contract inspectors in and around Illinois: JR Clancy  http://jrclancy.com/training-inspection-and-maintenance.php ...

  • Hey, Chris-- I would suggest reaching out to my friend, Shane Kelly at DePaul <shane.kelly@depaul.edu   773-325-8628 >.  Shane is Chair of their Design & Technology Program, and  is the co-author , with Jay O. Glerum, of the 4th edition of   Stage ...

  • Greetings, We are exploring options for annual rigging inspections at multiple theaters on campus. Can anyone provide a list of reputable outfits that would serve the Chicagoland area? Historically, we've dealt with Chicago Flyhouse, Chicago Scenic, ...

  • Allan; Any space that creates wood dust is a woodworking shop, in terms of fire code. Eventually, whether by reference from the applicable fire code (2015 IFC chapter 22 or 2015 NFPA 1) or identification as a best practice during the tort ...

  • Hello Colleagues, I am wondering if anyone can provide some guidance on standards to apply to a Carpentry shop, essentially a full scale wood working operation with all the traditional saws, sanders, planers, drills, etc. that support our film-making ...

  • Yes - we have two emergency eyewash stations. One for our ceramics studio and one for our sculpture studio.  There are so many particulates, glazes, clay dust, processes and multiple materials with risk of eye injury for both studios.  Our units have ...

  • Good Morning, We keep a couple of eye wash bottles in our Ceramics Lab because of the dust issue you mentioned. Have a nice weekend! Lori Welch EHS Coordinator Risk & Safety Dept. Dempsey, Rm. 214 UW Oshkosh (920) ...

  • Asking this question this question for a colleague who manages safety issues in the Art Dept.  Do you require eyewashes in the ceramics making areas?   We have them installed there but they are always covered in dried ceramic material and utensils etc ...

  • Thank you all!  These are great suggestions to work with. Carey ------------------------------ Carey Sedlacek Environmental Scientist College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas NV 702-651-4817 ------------------------------

  • I think your tray idea is a good one. I suggest using plastic trays to avoid having to mess with a liner. Depending on how much you have large cement mixing tubs might work well.  For the water basically the old method is to use a bunch of newspapers ...

  • Hello All, Can anyone share how you handle the rinse water for plaster molding? We have a sculpture course in our Fine Arts Dept that cleans their plaster buckets by scraping them first (disposing of the plaster in the trash) and then rinsing the ...

  • Andrew, Thanks for the info. Would you mind sharing some pictures of your set-up (tension grid and wells)? I would certainly like more information on the OSHA review program, much appreciated! Chris ------------------------------ Chris Yohe EHS Specialist ...

  • Thanks everyone. We installed a tension grid with a 2" x 2" mesh which is great for access to motorized rigging and point rigging as needed. We worked with our Safety Officer and decided on 6" grid wells between panels in the US/DS direction. As Jeffrey ...

  • Waiting for Tracy to chime in, but in my conversations with her and others, some solutions include: Making sure the grid is limited access. That may include locking gates or cages around stairways. In my conversations with Tracy, she thought this ...

  • It seems to me that a wire mesh system with holes larger than 2" is not a "walking/working surface" by one definition (available to journalists and plaintiff's attorneys), and so the alternate means to provide safety becomes necessary. The fact that ...

  • Hi Andrew, We are in a similar situation as our grid deck channels are 3" wide with 3" gaps, and 10" openings for the pick lines. In search for clarification and interpretation on meeting OSHA standards, I spoke with an OSHA duty officer regarding this ...

  • Hi All, Our photography class is taught by an adjunct instructor. He has student employees (on University's payroll) who perform job duties for his class. However, these student employees work during late hours, often past 5 PM when the Instructor may ...