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 will strongly encourage students to read and refer to Theatre Alberta’s Safe Stages document. It is available online. Hard copies are available in all shops, the library, and the production office.
  2. All technical support staff, faculty, and guest artists are expected adhere to and teach industry best practices with regard to health and safety at all times. They are to follow the codes and practices laid out by Alberta OH&S codes, Alberta Safe Stages, the Drama Department safety policies and the University of Lethbridge safety policies.
  3. Safety workshops for all production personnel and cast will be scheduled prior to any technical calls.
  4. The Department requires students to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when working in the relevant shops and on-deck. PPE will include steel toe boots/shoes, eye protection, hearing protection, head protection and other PPE appropriate for the task at hand. Production work will require students and staff to wear steel-toe shoes. Students will be encouraged to purchase a pair of safety shoes. Failing that, steel-toe over boots will be provided.
  5. Any student failing to show a valid University of Lethbridge WHMIS certificate will be refused the right to work in the shop. WHMIS checks are the responsibility of the instructor of record. Any objection to obtaining this certification will be dealt with by the instructor of record. Paid student assistants will be checked by TDH or TD. TDHs are not responsible for any negative academic consequences resulting from a student’s failure to produce WHMIS certification.
  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: The full company (cast and crew) of each production show will be informed of the following:
    • Emergency Evacuation plan
    • Medical Emergency Response
    • On-stage Safety
    • Back Stage etiquette
    • Equipment Malfunction
    • Power Outage Response
    • Fire Alarm Response
    • Injury Protocol

This session will be included on the production schedule, prior to the commencement of first running crew work on deck. This is to be led by the TD or a designated member of the technical staff. Any changes to the Theatre’s infrastructure during the tech period may require additional orientation.

Occupational Health and Safety requires all cast and crew sign-off that they have received and clearly understand emergency procedures following their respective training sessions. TDHs are responsible for their technical area. Cast and crew members will sign-off with the TD or appointed person.