Performing Arts & Theater

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Mar 15, 2019
National Recommendations for Depicting Suicide

The Action Alliance, in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Entertainment Industries Council developed the National Recommendations for Depicting Suicide which aim to help members of the entertainment industry - content creators, scriptwriters, producers - tell more balanced and authentic stories involving suicide and suicide prevention.

Source: National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

Jun 01, 2016
WorkSafe BC resources for Motion Picture Industry

Here you'll find WorkSafe BC's links to health and safety information and resources for motion pictures.

Source: WorkSafe Online - Workers' Compensation Board of BC

Jun 01, 2015
NIOSH Workplace Solutions: Reducing the Risk of Hearing Disorders Among Musicians (PDF)

NIOSH examines risks associated with music exposure and provides recommendations to protect hearing.

Source: NIOSH

Feb 01, 2013
Performing Arts Safety Primer: Working at Heights (PDF)

This primer, provided by Actsafe, describes health and safety requirements and work practices for working at heights in performing arts applications.

Source: Actsafe

Jun 01, 2012
Safety and Health in the Theater: Keeping Tragedy out of the Comedies…and Musicals…and Dramas

The idea for this blog on hazards in the theater actually came from a comment on the NIOSH blog post on polyurethane spray foam. The reader noted that spray foam is used in theatrical scenery and in his case, without proper respiratory protection. In addition to the potential exposure to fumes from spray foam, set designers face many of the hazards faced in the construction industry.

Source: NIOSH

May 01, 2012
Motion Picture Safety Primer - Production (PDF)

This primer, provided by Actsafe, describes safety guidelines and requirements for the various departments and specialized activities that may occur during a production.

Source: Actsafe

May 01, 2012
Good Nutrition for Dancers (PDF)

The benefits of good nutrition are numerous, and even more so for dancers. Constant training takes a toll on muscles, joints and bones.

Source: Actsafe

Apr 01, 2012
Indoor Air Quality of Hair and Makeup Trailers

Conducted by student researcher, Billy Quirke, from UBC’s School of Population and Public Health (Occupational and Environmental Hygiene stream), this project investigated indoor air quality of hair and makeup trailers in Vancouver’s Motion Picture Industry.

Source: Actsafe

Jan 01, 2011
CDC NIOSH Science Blog: These go to eleven, but don't go one louder!

This month's NIOSH Science Blog discusses music, volume controls and hearing loss.

Source: NIOSH

May 01, 2009
Performing Arts: An exploratory study on occupational risks (PDF)

An exploratory study, by Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), on occupational risks in the performing arts sheds light on the impact of organizational modes of productions, cultural enterprises and sectors of activity on the health and safety of artists and artisans. Among the results obtained by the researchers is a description of enterprises and occupations in the performing arts sector. They identify risks to the health and safety of the artists and artisans, and the various causes of accidents.

Source: IRSST