This page provides links to some of my favorite health and safety resources. I’m always looking for new info so, if you have a favorite link that isn’t listed, please let me know. You can also report a broken link to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
As you know, info is changing all the time. Sellery Health + Safety is not responsible for and cannot guarantee accuracy of information on sites that it does not manage.
Actsafe (British Columbia) - Dedicated to the promotion of health and safety in British Columbia's motion picture and performing arts industries, their role is to provide arts workers and employers with the necessary support to ensure everyone goes home safely at the end of the day. Their mandate includes providing subsidized training and free industry-related communication, education, services and advice.
Advice for Managing Major Events Safely, WorkSafeVictoria, Australia
Artists' Health Alliance - They provide health and wellness support for artists of all disciplines in all stages of their careers, including those behind the scenes.
Arts, Crafts & Theatre Safety (ACTS) - A not-for-profit corporation that provides health, safety, industrial hygiene, technical services, and safety publications to the arts, crafts, museums, and theater communities.
Canadian Institute of Theatre Technology (CITT) - A national arts service organisation that actively promotes the professional development of its members and works for the betterment of the Canadian live performance community.
Entertainment Electrical Safety Association (ESSA)
Bulletins and Guidelines - including Bable Protectors, Bonding, Grounding etc.
Television, Film, Live Performance and Live Event Electrical Guideline (ESA-SPEC-003) - These guidelines deal with the installation of electrical equipment in the entertainment industry utilizing any source of power including generator sets. This includes events of a temporary nature held indoors, outdoors, in tents, such as film, television, live performance and other events.
Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) - A program of rigorous assessments for professional technicians. ETCP focuses on disciplines that directly affect the health and safety of crews, performers, and audiences.
ESTA Techcnial Standards Program - Register for free access to Entertainment ANSI standards.
Event Safety Alliance
Health and Safety Best Practice Guidelines for the Exposition Industry in Canada (Canadian Association of Exposition Management) - The focus of these guidelines is to address Exposition Industry health and safety hazards and risk during the move-in and move-out phases of a show, involving Show Organizers, Contractors, Exhibitors, and Facilities.
Occupational Risks in the Performing Arts, IRSST (Quebec Occupational Health and Safety Research Institute), 2009
Safe Stages (Theatre Alberta/WorkSafe Alberta), 2007 - An occupational health and safety resource for the Alberta theatre community and a guide to occupational health and safety legislation with best practices, forms and additional resources
Safety Guidelines for the Live Performance Industry in Ontario, Ontario Ministry of Labour - These Guidelines have been prepared by representatives of the industry on the Health and Safety Advisory Committee for Live Performance to assist employers/engagers, supervisors and working professionals in meeting the requirements under the Act and the relevant regulations made under the Act.
Safety rules for the Quebec Film and Video Industry
A Theatre Manager's Guide to the Ontario Building Code - Prepared for Theatre Ontario by Janis A. Barlow & Associates (2004)
The Artist's Complete Health & Safety Guide, 3rd Edition, by Monona Rossol
The Health & Safety Guide for Film, TV & Theater, 2nd Edition, by Monona Rossol
Books are available from:
Allworth Press, 10 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010
Telephone 212/777-8395; Credit card ordering number is 800/491-2808
Canadian Hearing Society
Canadian Hearing Society Position Paper on Noise Pollution
Hearing Protectors, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOHS)
Musicians' Clinics of Canada - This site has info on hearing loss prevention and musician injury prevention, both in FAQ format and articles. Also included are environmental strategies to prevent hearing loss and injury as well as links to other sites with similar philosophies.
Music, Noise & Hearing (BBC, U.K.)
Music, Noise & Hearing - How to Play Your Part - A Guide for Musicians (BBC, 2011)
NOTE: Page 3 provides links so that you can listen to three versions of Brahms Fourth Symphony
- As is should sound
- As it would sounds with age-related hearing loss
- As it would sound with noise-induced hearing loss
Noise - Basic Information, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOHS)
Noise - Auditory Effects, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOHS)
Noise - Non-Auditory Effects, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOHS)
Sound Advice - Control of noise at work in music and entertainment, Health and Safety Executive
Hear the Music (Hearing Loss Prevention for Musicians)
by Marshall Chasin, AuD., M.Sc., Reg. CASLPO, Aud(C),
Director of Audiology, Musicians' Clinic of Canada
Hearing Loss in Musicians- prevention and management
by Marshall Chasin
Plural Publishing Company, San Diego, CA, 2009 (ISBN 978-1-59756-181-5).
Playing (Less) Hurt - An Injury Prevention Guide for Musicians (Janet Horvath, Minnesota Orchestra)
Canadian Government Departments Responsible for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) – Find contact information for federal agencies and for each province and territory.
canOSH – Canada’s National Workplace Health and Safety Website (CCOHS). This site brings together workplace health and safety information from the Canadian federal, provincial and territorial governments and their agencies. Includes links to each province and territory for hazard and incident alerts, safety bulletins, relevant legislation, statistics, training and resources.
OHS Answers (CCOHS) – Easy-to-read information is available in question and answer format covering a wide range of workplace health and safety topics, from hazards to diseases to ergonomics and more. Access is provided by links to specific topics or by searching for a specific topic.
CSA Standards – Create an account on the CSA Communities website to view CSA Standards referenced in Canadian federal, provincial and territorial regulations (free)
Construction Health and Safety Manual, Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (free download)
Risk Assessment - Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOHS)
Risk Assessment, Health and Safety Executive, U.K.
Electrical Code - Avavilable for purchase
Health and Safety Associations