IATSE TTF Partnership Stays Same with AVIXA (Formerly InfoComm International)

Memo from AVIXA


InfoComm International, the trade association representing the $178 billion commercial audiovisual industry, changed its name to AVIXA™, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association.

This is much more than a new name. We are reclaiming the wonder of AV experiences. AV is what our members do. Integrated experiences (IX) are what they create. Find out more about what AVIXA represents here.

For IATSE Training Trust Fund beneficiaries, we hope the new brand helps you to feel like you belong in the audiovisual community with the direct tie to your work in experiences. But don’t worry about any changes to our current program.

The IATSE Training Trust Fund and AVIXA remain committed partners. You will continue to have access to the same renowned AV training. (Plus, we’re working on making your access to those courses even easier for you to access in 2018!)

You will be considered a Premium level individual member of AVIXA. The first time you login in 2018, you will be asked to complete a membership form. This information will help you customize your member experience.

Thank you for your support as, together, we change the way people experience the world with AV technology.


Stan Fyfe Saves Life with CPR Training

Local 479 member, Stan Fyfe, saved friend and co-worker Roger Sherer's life this week at a television commercial shoot. Stan came to Roger's aid when he saw him lying on the floor unconscious. Thanks to the Heartsaver® CPR AED training that Stan took through Local 479 only a couple of months ago, he knew exactly what to do. He took over CPR for someone who was not certified and performed CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Stan's quick response provided enough time for paramedics to arrive on scene and transfer Roger to the ER. Roger is expected to recover. Read the full story here.

Local 479 offers regular CPR/AED trainings through the Supported Training program. Take a look at the Supported Courses Calendar to participate in this and other trainings, or find a CPR/AED course near you through the American Heart Association and apply for reimbursement through the Certification Reimbursement program.

Safe + Sound Week is Next Week!

This is a nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces. The IATSE is a campaign sponsor and partner for the week and the TTF encourages you to participate by hosting a local event or activities. Highlight your events using the Safe + Sound Week hashtag, #SafeAndSound, in any social media. 

Safe + Sound Week is June 12–18. For more information follow these links: Campaign for Safety & Health Programs | Safe + Sound Week

Representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, American Industrial Hygiene Association, and the National Safety Council discuss the value and impact of safety and health programs and simple activities your company can implement during Safe + Sound Week.

OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Campaign

Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer, which means paying extra attention to heat illness prevention. Watch this quick video from OSHA, then visit osha.gov/heat for more information.

Workers can stay safe and healthy if employers watch out for their health and remember 3 simple words: Water, Rest, and Shade. Go to osha.gov/heat for more on OSHA's Heat Illness Prevention campaign.

You can also find more OSHA resources in the TTF's Resource Library.

Train the Trainer: Master Class Launch

On May 19, fourteen people from ten different locals across the US and Canada gathered in Kansas City, MO for the first ever Train the Trainer: Master Class. The course was a great success, course participants were fully engaged and participant feedback will be used to improve future courses and further develop the curriculum for the course. This 2 ½ day course is a intended for safety and skills trainers who have taken the Train the Trainer: Teaching Techniques course, have been conducting safety and skills training since that course, and have a course they want to develop or further develop.

The Master Class is designed to take abstract theories and concepts and develop various types of activities to help teach that concept/theory. Students work from the course outlines turn in when applying for the class and incorporate their activities into their lesson plan.  By the end of the Master Class, course participants create 8 activities they can incorporate throughout their new/revised course that will help demonstrate the theory based portion of their class. Activity types include: Role Plays, Team-building,  Cognitive Exercises, Case Studies, Critical Thinking, Connecting Abstract Ideas with Concrete Experiences and Small Group Discussions. 

Examples of the various activities are presented throughout the first day and students are given ample time to develop an activity to use in their course. On the second day of class, each participant engages the entire group in one of the 8 activities they develop to use in their course. 

The next Master Class is September 15-17 in Kansas City, MO. Applications will be sent to locals with eligible course participants in June. For more information on the Master Class and application process, click here.

New Local 1 Trainers Co-teach OSHA 10/GES Class in New York

OSHA Outreach Trainers Alan Rowe from Local 728, Beverly Miller from Local USA 829, and new OSHA trainers John Lott and Michael Caffrey from Local 1 came together this weekend to co-teach the IATSE TTF OSHA 10/General Entertainment Safety training in New York, NY. Local 52 hosted the training with 20 IATSE workers in attendance from 11 locals.

I loved the class and the teachers. The teaching was done in a way that made it easy to understand...I enjoyed learning more ways to protect myself and others at work. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
— Belinda Anderson, Local 798
What I liked about the course that helped me learn was that the instructors presented the materials at a level I was able to absorb and understand.
— Franklin Dendanto, Local 311

Do you want to bring an OSHA 10 training to your local? Contact us for a list of instructors authorized to use the TTF's OSHA 10 curriculum!

Is your local new to training and looking for help establishing a training program? Check out the TTF's Curriculum Library, which includes the Safety First! modules customized for the entertainment and exhibition industries. Read more about the modules available to all locals and crafts here and download the application here.

Upcoming Trainings

 Jun 10, 2017 – Jun 11, 2017

Aug 5, 2017 – Aug 6, 2017

Sep 16, 2017 – Sep 17, 2017

Sep 17, 2017 – Sep 18, 2017