Discussion

  • Health & Safety in the Studio: Hazards & Precautions in Art and Theater Work HOSTED by DEPARTMENT OF ART at UMASS, AMHERST AUGI1ST 19-23, 2019 Health and Safety in the Art Studio is a special, intensive week long summer course taught by Industrial ...

  • Hi Kelley, These types of seating platforms are very common. The first thing to do is get your hands on an owner's manual. There should be a label on the underside or edge of the platforms. If you can't figure it out send pictures to a distributor ...

  • Portable Riser Seating

    We currently have a black box theater that does not have permanent seating, but instead it utilizes risers that can be set up in a variety of ways to create different stage types depending on the show's needs. The seating has a similar concept to scaffolding ...

  • Hi Jeff, Thank you for pointing out those hazards and for chiming in Tracy! I'll make sure to look out for them as I do my inspections. Appreciate all the help!  ------------------------------ Jennie Evangelista EH&S Specialist Chapman University Orange ...

  • Hi Tracy, Thank you so much for your detailed response!! I really appreciate it!! I will most definitely look into the resources that you sent me as well as take your advice about the other questions I had. If I have any more concerns I'll make sure ...

  • Hi Jennie, In short, art studios and shops are labs. They need to comply in all the same ways essentially. Everything Jeff mentioned plus you may also have shop equipment. ALL of the OSHA requirements apply to art studios and shops. There is no ...

  • Jennie, Don't let the art instructors fool you into thinking "paint, mineral oils, etc). There's lots of chemistry in an art studio. Some of the things you'll likely find: - Paints and dyes with unknown toxicity hazards since they've either ...

  • Art Studio Inspections

    Hello, I am responsible for inspecting science labs and art studios at our campus. I know they share some similarities but are also completely different. So I have a few questions about inspecting art studios: 1) Do they need door signs, if so ...

  • Drew - This may be useful for your entry-level training.  It follows Canadian codes and is geared toward High Schools. https://www.actsafe.ca/play-safe-safety-school-theatre-studios-manual/ ------------------------------ Allana Olson Stage Manager ...

  • Thanks Tracy and Jay. We do have a theatre consultant onboard and they are certainly gathering as much information as possible.  We are installing a tension wire grid but essentially trying to replicate the layout of a  traditional gridiron since we will ...

  • Grids are a tough one to manage. Functionally the main purpose is to provide a mounting structure for the counterweight system hardware but all systems need maintenance and adjustment at some point. Here are some suggestions that can help in navigating ...

  • Hi Andrew, You may want to review the UC Performing Arts Safety Manual: https://www.ehs.ucsb.edu/files/docs/gs/UCPerformingArtsSafetyManual-VERS1-030314.pdf for some solutions to these safety issues.  Effective performing arts safety will include ...

  • Hello, We are in the process of designing and installing a tension grid this summer in our large theater space on campus. There has been a discussion with the campus safety officer about the allowable size of the grid wells or "holes" that will allow ...

  • Since Tracy hasn't responded yet, I'll give a shout out to her presentation that covers some basics in the archives: "Recording of today's call - Crowd Manager NFPA Requirements" Jeff -- Jeff Lewin Chemical Safety Officer Compliance, ...

  • Tara; You will probably find that fire codes applicable in your area require the presence of trained "Crowd Managers" in assembly occupancies. NFPA 101, for instance, requires at least one in each assembly occupancy, and then as many as one ...

  • Good Morning,  Looking for insight as to how other Universities handle large scale evacuations in your theatre during a performance. (Active shooter, bomb threat) Any information you could share would be very helpful.  Thank you, Tara ------------------------------ ...

  • Thanks to all who attended today!! ------------------------------ Tracy Stark Arts Health & Safety Advisor University of California Office of the President Santa Cruz CA 831-702-2534 ------------------------------

  • Here is the presentation. Once the recording finishes converting I will post that as well. Thanks every one! ------------------------------ Tracy Stark Arts Health & Safety Advisor University of California Office of the President Santa Cruz CA 831-702-2534 ...

  • I have been working on this for quite some time with some of our campuses. Allana is correct that hands on is a good way to go but I do find that it is hard to find enough time to cover everything in enough depth and also be consistent. We are working ...

  • Yale has the only program I am aware of and you can read it here. https://up.yalecollege.yale.edu/regulations/aerial-acrobatics-policy I suggest contacting them for more info and feedback about how it is working for them. ------------------------------ ...

  • Hi Everyone, Apologies for the confusion earlier - the Performing Arts Safety Community meeting will be held on Thursday, December 6th at 2pm EST. Join us in our  online meeting room ! Tracy will discuss the NFPA Crowd Manager requirement. Please ...

  • Aerial Dance Safety

    Does anyone have any information on safety policies and procedures for aerial dance at your institution? Do you require employees and students to sign a waiver? ------------------------------ Katharyne Tedford OSHA Compliance Officer Winthrop University ...

  • I wouldn't teach it in a powerpoint.  Hands-on with visuals helps the message sink in better and then each department (scene shop carpentry, scene shop paint, operating the fly rail, electrics, props, costumes, etc) can identify the safety basics that ...

  • Hello! Does anyone have a broad theater safety presentation that you don't mind sharing and allowing us to use/adapt with credit given to you?!  We are in need of an entry-level intro to all of the various and fun hazards associated with theaters. So, ...

  • RE: Theater Curtain

    Sapsis rigging just re-rigged our existing that is non-asbestos. If I had to guess you are going to end up with two contractors one to remove and one to install. I would suggest keeping in contact with your local AHJ for fire compliance to ensure they ...

  • RE: Theater Curtain

    Thanks for the responses. They are the usual suspects I know as well. ------Original Message------ Mike - Try Sapsis Rigging. They are out of Philadelphia, PA. Sapsis Rigging Inc | 3883 Ridge Avenue , Philadelphia, ...

  • RE: Theater Curtain

    Point Wright Rigging http://www.pwrigging.com/ Sapsis Rigging https://www.sapsis-rigging.com/ -- Tracy Stark Health & Safety Advisor for the Arts Division UC Performing Arts Safety Center of Excellence UC Santa Cruz ...

  • RE: Theater Curtain

    Mike - Try Sapsis Rigging. They are out of Philadelphia, PA. Sapsis Rigging Inc | 3883 Ridge Avenue , Philadelphia, PA 19132 1-800-727-7471 Carol ------------------------------ Carol McMillin EH&S/Risk Manager Ursinus ...

  • Theater Curtain

    Good morning, We are in the process of replacing an asbestos containing fire curtain in one of our theaters and are looking for theater rigging companies that can provide and install a replacement. We have a price from one vendor but it was a little ...

  • Unfortunately, I have to cancel the call scheduled for tomorrow. I have been volun-told  to present at a meeting during the same time slot. I will try to re-schedule the call for October. Hopefully, we will have a chat about crowd management requirements of ...

  • RE: Usher Requirements

    Tara; You might try looking in the locally applicable fire code for "Crowd Managers" and "Crowd Manager Supervisors." In the NFPA world, we expect at least one crowd manager for every assembly event (50 or more people, gathered for the purposes ...

  • RE: Usher Requirements

    Thank you for your response. This was a helpful starting point. ------------------------------ Tara Smith Workplace Safety Specialist University of Minnesota Twin Cities Minneapolis MN ------------------------------

  • RE: Usher Requirements

    So there really is no hard fast answer and most venues are completely unaware of what is required. There are two parts to managing this the right way. First, the NFPA requirement is for every event or gathering, no matter how many people, there be at ...

  • Usher Requirements

    The following question was sent to me from one of our theatres: Currently we are staffing paid ushers to take tickets, help people find their seats and stuff like that. They also play a critical role in moving the audience in our emergency plans. There ...