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Art Safety

 Art Safety

This section provides information for students, faculty, and staff creating visual or performing arts and fall under the Art Safety Plan (ASP). The plan provides guidelines for prudent practices and procedures for the safe management of chemicals and other hazards possible in the work areas, and for work practices regarding equipment and personal protective equipment that are capable of protecting individuals from potential health hazards.

Art Safety Plan (ASP)

The goal of the Art Safety Program (ASP) is to ensure that a safe, healthy environment shall be maintained at all times within all campus Theatre & Performing Arts and Arts & Design departments and programs. This includes the control and minimization of all known and potential hazards associated with creative, artistic, and performance development. Many processes, techniques, materials, and practices used in the theatre & performing arts contain potential risks to individuals. These risks can be minimized and controlled through proper training, equipment, and the use of appropriate precautions, restrictions, and established safe work practices.

Resources Under the ASP

Below is information on how the ASP can help those creating visual and performing arts stay safe and minimize injuries.

  • Recognizing and understanding the hazards associated with various visual and performing arts operations and activities
  • Knowing when to apply various types of health and safety controls such as engineered devices (ventilation, machine guards, etc.), administrative practices (safety training, warning signs, etc.), or personal protective equipment (PPE) (respirators, safety glasses, hearing protection)
  • Planning for and responding to emergencies such as fires, earthquakes, or chemical spills. 

Roles and Responsibilities Under the ASP

Deans and Department Chairs are responsible for ensuring an effective Injury & Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) is implemented in all areas under their scope of responsibility. For visual and performing arts activities, this would include all facilities where employees and students work or are involved with production and display activities including the art installation display, scene shop, costume shop, prop shop, stage area, front of the house, music recital hall, catwalks, etc. Upper management must assign and authorize designated individuals to establish and support the key processes and procedures of the IIPP.