Safety in the Classroom
Theatre teachers must develop student attitudes that support safe practices in the classroom. Teachers model and discuss safety procedures and regulations and consistently enforce safe practices within the framework of school and district policies. Theatre safety considerations extend to crews, casts, and audience members.
The following recommendations for teachers suggest ways to keep a theatre environment free of accidents and injuries:
- Avoid risks, guard against recklessness, be aware, and observe safety precautions.
- Pay special attention to stage rigging, electrical wiring, and lighting apparatus.
- Instruct and test students on the safe operation of theatre equipment, the safe construction of set pieces, and the safe use of hazardous materials.
- Familiarize yourself with the U.S. Labeling of Hazardous Art Materials Act, which requires manufacturers to provide:
- A signal word such as CAUTION or WARNING
- A list of ingredients
- A telephone number for assistance
- Instructions on how to use the product
- A statement of the manufacturer’s intended use by students.
- Provide proper body protection for work in theatre shops.
- Keep exits and aisles unobstructed at all times.
School administrators should provide eye goggles, face shields, ear muffs, gloves, aprons, and safety belts for technical work or construction.