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1st Edition

Safety and Health for the Stage
Collaboration with the Production Process

ISBN 9780815353263
Published January 31, 2020 by Routledge
266 Pages 26 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Safety and Health for the Stage: Collaboration with the Production Process is a practical guide to integrating safety and health into the production process for live entertainment in the context of compliance with applicable codes, standards, and recommended practices.

This book explores the need for safety and health to become an integral aspect of theatre production and live entertainment, focusing on specific steps to take and policies to employ to bring a safety and health program into full collaboration in the production process. Readers will learn how to comply with legal codes and standards as they initiate and implement an effective safety and health program in their theatre production organization or academic theatre department. The book includes references and links to other industry-specific safety and health resources, as well as a Glossary of Safety and Health Terms to navigate the safety and health jargon in the context of theatre and live entertainment. Safety and Health for the Stage: Collaboration with the Production Process provides links to electronic versions of sample safety and health programs, industry-specific policies and recommended practices, and forms and templates related to many of the topics covered in the book.

Written for practitioners who are engaged in all aspects of theatre production and live entertainment, as well as educators who train and influence the next generations of these practitioners, this book is an essential resource for creating a positive culture of safety in live entertainment.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Overview  2. Safety Evolves Within the Theater Industry  3. Safety and Health Programs  4. Compliance  5. Industry Standards, Recommended Practices, Training and Certifications  6. Policies and Procedures—Specific Hazards  7. Borrowing Safety Strategies  8. Putting It All Together: Safety Culture  Appendix. Additional Resources  Glossary of Safety and Health Terms

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William J. Reynolds joined the faculty of Yale School of Drama in 1982 and continues to teach occasional workshops in theatre safety for Yale School of Drama and other theatre organizations. In June 2017 he retired from the Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre as the Director of Theater Safety and Occupational Health. An OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer, he is the USITT Safety & Health Vice-Commissioner for Education and the Student Alliance Program.


"Every school that teaches technical theater and stage craft really must make Bill Reynolds "Safety and Health for the Stage" assigned reading. It is well-organized and covers the codes, industry standards, recommended practices, training certification programs, policies, and procedures needed to work safely in this business. And it is a template for the professionals in the school’s safety and environmental health department or facilities management to assist the faculty in developing a proper safety program in the theater department."

-Monona Rossel, MS, MFA, Industrial Hygienist; Safety Officer: USA829, IATSE; Safety Consultant: SAG-AFTRA; ACTS FACTS, Vol. 34, No. 3, March 2020