Approved by the ADC Safety Committee
Last review and update March 2019
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.
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.