SAFETY POLICY

Approved by the ADC Safety Committee

Last review and update March 2019

 

MAXIMUM LOADS

Ø  A maximum of 2 individuals are allowed on any one rig bar at a time.

Ø  A maximum of 2 individuals are allowed on any one apparatus at a time.

 

APPROACH TO SAFETY – PARTICIPANT

Ø  Safety is the number one priority of Aerial Dance Chicago (ADC).

Ø  Safety is the responsibility of everyone taking part in any activity at ADC.

Ø  All participants must comply with this safety policy.

Ø  All participants must mmediately alert an ADC Director of any safety hazards or concerns.

Ø  UNDERSTAND OUR VISION AND MISSION  - ADC is a dance company and does not exist to promote or highlight the element of danger or dare-devil approach to aerial work.

 

APPROACH TO SAFETY – ADC RIGGING STAFF

Ø  Mounting rigging and aerial apparatus may only be completed by the Production Director and the Artistic Director.

Ø  Only rigging and equipment owned and maintained by ADC may be used at the ADC studio.

Ø  ADC maintains equipment and hardware safety ratings and conditions. ADC retires equipment as needed.

Ø  ADC conducts rig and equipment safety checks once per month.

Ø  ADC provides annual rigging and safety training for staff and artists, and additional safety training as needed.

 

EQUIPMENT AND USE OF AERIAL APPARATUS

Ø  All staff must follow the standard rigging tie away procedure.

Ø  Soft apparatus is tied away with two figure 8 wraps and 1 knot. Steel apparatus is the same but repeated on two rope cleats.

Ø  Staff must inspect equipment, harnesses, hardware, etc, before use and report any damage to an ADC Director.

Ø  The 2.5 inch thick mats are required beneath aerial equipment in all classes and in rehearsals for practice of new aerial elements.

 

RESTRICTIONS

Ø  ADC does not work at extreme heights without safety harnesses (above 18’).

Ø  Due to increased risk, aerial work involving height or speed are for advanced and professional level students/dancers only.

Ø  Due to increased risk, aerial work involving dynamic or descending motions are for advanced and professional level classes only.

Ø  Dynamic and descending movements must be approved by the Artistic Director prior to teaching these movements in classes or rehearsals.

 

PARTICIPANT APPROACH & LESSON PLANNING

Ø  Practice confidently while still appreciating the inherent risks of aerial dance work.

Ø  Approach all lessons methodically, and encourage a focused atmosphere during class/rehearsals.

Ø  Lessons and curriculum should follow progressions and break down movements into short tasks.

Ø  Focus on the mastery of good body control and fluid motions that are gentle on the body.

Ø  Be aware and respect current individual ability level of each of your students/dancers.

Ø  Teach new skills at a low level and assure students/dancers have mastered the skill before adding more height.

Ø  Give students strategies for practicing safely and educate them about safest use of the aerial apparatus you are teaching.

Ø  Do not allow participants to perform skills in which they appear to be out of control.

 

ACCIDENT MANAGEMENT & INJURIES

Ø  Injured or ill students/dancers are NOT ALLOWED to participate in class/rehearsals.

Ø  Be aware of how to access emergency contact numbers in case of an accident or illness.

Ø  Be prepared to administer first aid in the case of an accident.

Ø  Notify an ADC Director immediately if an accident or injury occurs during class or rehearsal.

Ø  All accidents/injuries must be reported using the ADC Incident Report Form. 

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