Understanding OSHA & ANSI

March 9, 2020

Are you no longer allowed to use your stage without a railing “at all times”? Are you no longer able to build escape stairs and paint them black because they are a “hazard”? Have you been told the Fire Curtain must be lowered at all times when the theatre is not in use?

Do you know better but just can’t produce the documentation to prove to your school officials you’re in compliance? Or, do you need to hone your OSHA & ANSI knowledge to keep you, your students, your staff, and your guests, safe?

Join us for our "OSHA in Your Theatre?" webinar hosted by USITT and presented by OSHA-authorized trainers Joe Aldridge and Eddie Raymond on Monday, March 16, 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. EST. Our member Price is a low cost of $25 Non-Member Price $40


  •     ANSI Standards
  •     Manually Operated Counterweight system
  •     Fire Curtains
  •     Slipperiness of Stages
  •     Inspections and use logs
  •     Fall Protection
    • Written Plan
    • 4-foot falls must be protected
    • Fronts of stages exempted (Though they recommend safety nets)
  •     Fixed Ladders
    • Portable Ladders
    • Catwalks and ladder entrances
  •     Personnel Lifts
    • Manufacturer's recommend use/best practice
  •     Electrical
    • General Electrical Safety
  •     Egress 
    • Clear Paths of egress
    • Communication
    • Posting
    • Training

"There is a great deal of misinformation in our industry about OSHA and about the standards written for us," said webinar instructor, Eddie Raymond. "This webinar will help attendees make sense of the rules and guidelines designed to keep us safe in our venues."

Anyone who oversees or works in a venue should sit in on this webinar and you may just want to invite your colleagues, administration, or even janitorial staff if they are the only ones deemed “qualified” enough to do some of the work.

Joe Aldridge is a retired Professor of Theatre at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he was the Director of the Entertainment Engineering and Design program. He is a member of IATSE Local # 720 and serves as the Chairman of the Nevada Resort Association/IATSE Local 720 Joint Training Trust as well as a Trustee for the IATSE Entertainment and Exhibition Industries Training Trust Fund. He is a former President of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), a member of the Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) Council and of the IATSE Crafts Advancement Program (ICAP). Joe is involved in developing curriculum for safety and skills training programs for the IATSE and is an OSHA Outreach Trainer, offering OSHA 10 and 30 Hour classes for the IATSE.

Eddie Raymond recently retired from serving as the vice president and safety and training director of IATSE Local 16 in San Francisco. Eddie is the immediate past president of the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA), sits on the IATSE Crafts Advancement Program committee, is a member of the Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) Council, and is a subject matter expert for the ETCP Entertainment Rigging Exams. Eddie has acted as ACT’s scene shop foreman/technical supervisor and, among other activities, as construction coordinator at Industrial Light and Magic.