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Production Safety and Well-Being Policy

Safety is important. It is our responsibility to uphold the standards and Legislated Occupational Health and Safety Codes of Alberta.

  1. The Drama Department follows the legislated Occupational Health and Safety Codes of Alberta and strongly encourages students to read and refer to Theatre Alberta’s Safe Stages document available
    online at https://www.theatrealberta.com/safe-stages/. Hardcopies are available in the library, all shops, and the production office.
  2. All staff, faculty, and guest artists must follow the codes and practices laid out by Alberta OH&S codes, Alberta Safe Stages, Drama Department safety policies, and the University of Lethbridge safety policies and are expected adhere to and teach industry best practices with regard to health and safety at all times. All students will receive a safety orientation prior to working in any production area. Orientation should include best practices, access to first aid and personal protective equipment locations, and site-specific training.
  3. Safety workshops for all production personnel and cast will be scheduled prior to any technical calls.
  4. The Department requires all persons to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when working in the relevant shops and performance spaces. PPE may include steel toe boots/shoes, eye protection, hearing protection, head protection, and other PPE appropriate for the task at hand. The Department of Drama has a limited stock of PPE that students are welcome to utilize. In some cases, students may be required to provide their own PPE. All technical design major students are required to acquire their own steel toe boots/shoes.
  5. All students must have a current University of Lethbridge Workplace Hazard Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) certificate in order to work in any shop or performance space. Students must provide a copy of their certification to the faculty or staff technical area supervisor prior to beginning work.
  6. Safety Orientation: Immediately prior to their first rehearsal on-deck, the full cast and crew of each production will be given an orientation tour of the set and backstage areas. This tour will be provided by the TD or a delegated member of the technical staff and will identify safety hazards and safe practices as it pertains to that particular production. Any changes to the Theatre’s infrastructure during the tech period may require additional orientation.
  7. Emergency Protocol & Safety Briefing : At the first rehearsal, the stage manager will inform the entire production team and cast of the all emergency protocol and show-specific hazard assessments. Emergency protocols may include:
    • Emergency Evacuation plan
    • Medical Emergency Response
    • On-stage Safety
    • Back Stage etiquette
    • Equipment Malfunction
    • Power Outage Response
    • Fire Alarm Response
    • Injury Protocol
  8. Prior to the first rehearsal in the performance space after load-in, the full cast and crew of each production will be given an orientation tour of the set and backstage areas. The technical director or delegated member of the technical staff will provide the tour and identify safety hazards and safe practices as it pertains to that particular production. Any changes to the Theatre’s infrastructure during the tech period may require additional orientation. This safety briefing will be included on the production schedule and must take place prior to the first rehearsal in the performance space after load-in.
  9. Occupational Health and Safety legislation requires all cast and crew to sign-off that they have both received and clearly understand all emergency procedures following their respective training sessions. Each technical area head is ultimately responsible for all safety information and training within their technical areas.