Safe Working in Theatre at Riccarton Players Inc
We have a good health & safety record at Riccarton Players but we want to make sure that your experience as a cast, crew, front-of-house or audience member is as safe & enjoyable as possible.
This information has been compiled to provide those who work on our productions with specific resources to inform you of the risks involved in working in all aspects of theatre, from auditions & rehearsals through to the final performance.
As a society, we are required to identify & mitigate actual & potential risks & to maintain a risk register & record of all incidents involving health & safety issues. To that end, we ask you to report any existing but unresolved or newly-arisen hazards, incidents or near-misses to your stage manager or a designated health & safety officer, who in turn should report back to the committee.
The following titles outline safe practices relating to specific areas of work in the theatre. Please read thoroughly & keep a copy at hand of those that apply to you personally. This information has been sourced from ETNZ’s “A Guide for Safe Working Practices in the New Zealand Entertainment Industry”.
We encourage you to familiarise yourselves with the entire contents of the guide, as it contains a lot more information than just the following sections of the guide that relate to most of the areas of activity in which you are likely to be engaged. (Please note that the information in the guide is generic to the entertainment industry & not all of it will be relevant to every situation you may encounter working at Riccarton Players or any performance venue we may use).
Before entering the theatre work environment, you are advised to run through this Theatre Health & Safety Check List to make sure all safety procedures are in place in order to ensure your own safety & that of others.
Thank you for your cooperation & please bear in mind that Health & Safety is a Joint Responsibility shared by us all. It is the responsibility of the Riccarton Players committee not only to identify & record but also to respond & follow-up on all reported hazards, incidents & near-misses, & regularly to review Riccarton Players’ health & safety policies & procedures in compliance with the Health & Safety Act 2015.