SAFETY

Our primary and foremost concern is and always will be safety. This means your safety as well as the safety of others. In theatre, "others" not only includes your coworkers but also extends to the staff, audience and the public-at-large. The theatrical industry is inherently dangerous and its historical record justifies erring on the side of caution.

Your number one obligation is to always observe common safety practices. If you don’t know, ASK! When you are on-stage or working in an active arena, many things will be going on simultaneously. There may be stagehands working above you and/or below you. Set pieces, sound, lighting equipment and a myriad of other things will be moving around and through your area of work. Keep your eyes and ears open.

Hard Hat Guidelines

Some work calls will require hard hats

If a call you are on requires a hard hat this hat should not be painted or defaced with stickers or labels, as doing so can violate the safety rating. All new hires will receive an appropriately rated hard hat upon hiring.

If you provide your own hard hat, please be aware of the following rules: 

All hard hats are given a “Type” and “Class” rating. Hard hats for stagehand work can be either Type I or Type II and need to be either class E, C, or G rated.

This is per ANSI Z89.1-2014

Accessories such as chin straps and head lamps are not disqualifying, but if the accessory is deemed to limit the functionality or usability of the hard hat, or if the accessory makes it impractical to inspect the hard hat for damage, it should be removed.

Hard hats rated for “reverse donning” (where the mount can be worn backwards) will feature a symbol indicating the rating is still applicable to reverse mounting

The Local will not provide a replacement hard hat if the original is lost or intentionally damaged.

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