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Theatre Essentials

This guide aims to help those who work in the theatre industry ensure that the organisations they work for and productions they work on are run safely.

Specifically, this document aims to:

  • identify who has responsibilities for health and safety in the production process.
  • explain what these responsibilities are and provide examples of how they can be met.
  • act as a pointer to other more detailed information that is relevant to the issues raised here.

About Theatre Essentials:

The BJAC (Broadcasting and Performing Arts Joint Advisory Committee) of the HSE
(Heath & Safety Executive) identified the need for Theatre Essentials.

The BJAC Working Group included representatives of ABTT (Association of British
Theatre Technicians), BECTU, Equity, ITC (Independent Theatre Council), the MU
(Musicians’ Union), NESA (National Entertainment Safety Association), SOLT (Society
of London Theatre) and TMA (Theatrical Management Association).

The final version was approved by the BJAC and subsequently further endorsed by
the HSE and the industry’s Theatre Safety Committee.