February 2015

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February 2015


S&H Commission News and Conference Sessions Excitement

Bill Reynolds

Year-long planning and the enthusiasm of many Safety & Health (S&H) Commission members are coming together at the 2015 USITT Conference. S&H has a very deep bench of sessions at the Conference, along with valuable pre-conference workshops. To pique your interest, let’s look at just a few of the S&H offerings.

  • “The scene is safe; I’m wearing gloves.”
  • “Push Hard; Push Fast”

To learn what these training phrases mean, come early to the 2015 Conference for a Professional Development Workshop (PDW) that will earn you training and certification in American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid, and CPR/AED. This workshop is open to only the first 40 people who register, so watch the website and sign-up early.

During the Conference, the S&H Commission, in partnership with all the other Commissions that make up the functional structure of the Institute, has a schedule of over 20 sessions, workshops and meetings. Use the Advanced Search function on the Conference website to find all the S&H offerings, and then register for the ones that will inform your safety program and elevate your safety culture. Worried about the indoor air quality in your workplaces? Check out the session Air Quality in the Scene Shop on Thursday. Follow this up with the Welding Safety session on Friday and you’ll have completed a package of information that covers the two primary fabrication processes we use in production: wood working and metals.

New at this year’s Conference, the S&H Commission will initiate a Safe Design Series starting with Costume Design Done Safely. At future Conferences, a similar session with a focus on Prevention through Design (PtD) will be presented related to the major aspects of production: scenery; audio; props; etc. Start your PtD training this year with the initial offering of this safe design series.

On Wednesday of the Conference you can join back-to-back S&H sessions on safety inspections. Safety Inspections 101-Basic Facility Inspections and Risk Assessments will provide an overview of the assessment of hazards through the use of a variety inspection tools. Safety Inspections 201-So I inspected, Now What? follows and will provide specific examples and successful strategies to help you use your safety inspection data to effectively develop your safety program as well as to incorporate the data into funding requests for the implementation of safety-critical improvements.

There are lots more safety sessions to talk about, but best for you check out the offerings on the Conference website. Go to the Conference website and search for yourself, and put as many S&H sessions as possible on your schedule.