November 2013

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November 2013

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Webinars Feature Fall, Hearing Protection Programs

Occupational Health & Safety will present a Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association (VPPPA) SuperCast on November 6. Two webinars will be presented in one day.

Fall Protection on Flat Roofs: General Industry & Construction will start at 11 a.m. EST. It will clarify the differences between general industry and construction work activities and will review OSHA's fall protection regulations for work performed on flat roofs, as well as different methods of compliance.

Establishing Hearing Conservation in the Workplace will begin at 1 p.m. EST and cover understanding how to implement such a program. From noise monitoring to equipping workers with PPE, this presentation details specific steps for creating and maintaining a successful program.

Space Still Available for USITT Electrical Workshop

There is still time to sign up for Power Prep for a Day at the (Dimmer) Beach with USITT Award winner Mitch Hefter and colleagues. The session is part of LDI 2014 on Tuesday, November 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. in Las Vegas, Nevada. Those who attend will be eligible for seven ETCP renewal credits.

This USITT Electrical Workshop — an ETCP Recognized Training Program — will start with a brief review of the fundamentals of electricity and hazards of shock, followed by rules of grounding and bonding. Then participants will delve into building a solid foundation in the National Electrical Code and NFPA 70E -Standard for Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. The event will conclude with electrical load calculations and planning of portable lighting systems involving cable selection and sizing, voltage drop, tap rules, and short circuit current ratings.

Presenters include Jerry Gorrell, Mitch Hefter, Tyrone Mellon, Jared Saltzman, and Ken Vannice.

Online Dictionary Celebrates First Anniversary

Theatre Development Fund's (TDF) fun and informative online theatre dictionary, at, is celebrating the first anniversary of its launch. During this first year the number of theatre terms more than doubled – from 20 to 43. To mark the occasion, TDF is premiering a new video defining the term "Commedia dell'arte" starring RuPaul's Drag Race 5th Season winner Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales, her co-star in the hit NYC Stage production The Vaudevillians (currently at the Laurie Beechman Theatre through November 11).

The TDF Theatre Dictionary, at, is a video guide to common and not-so common theatre lingo. It defines theatre terms with short, original films that have been made by TDF or commissioned from performing arts institutions across North America. Two new theatre terms are added each month. The videos that describe these terms are paired with in-depth essays on the term being defined, letting the TDF Theatre Dictionary act as a reference tool as well as a video art project. A blog feature also lets users respond with comments, questions, or their own definitions.

Sample terms include Cattle Call, Catwalk, Development Hell, Dry Tech, Eleven O'clock Number, Gypsy Robe, Performance Art, Showmance, thrust stage, and voms.