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 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 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

IATSE TTF & West Coast IA Staff Trained in CPR AED

IATSE TTF and West Coast IATSE staff participated in Heartsaver® CPR AED training this week. The trainings were taught through a combination of video and hands-on practice led by Howard Keys from Local 80. Howard has been an IATSE member for 37 years and has taught CPR for as many years. Knowing how and when to give CPR and proper use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) is important because if used within a few minutes of sudden cardiac arrest, they can restore a normal heart rhythm in victims and strengthen the chances of survival.

Ask your local if they offer this important training or find a CPR AED training through the American Heart Association. The TTF offers reimbursement to individuals who complete this and other trainings. Download an application here and read more about our Certification and Exam Reimbursement Program here.

ETCP Launches New Website

For Immediate Release
Contact: Meredith Moseley-Bennett

The Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) is pleased to announce the launch of a new, redesigned version of its website: Key features of the site include a cleaner and more modern design, a more engaging user experience with enhanced search and navigation.

The site's refreshed and simplified look, combined with enriched content, improved search functionality, and optimization for mobile devices allows users to better interact with ETCP.

The ETCP Council members are key leaders drawn from entertainment business, labor, facilities, associations, and academia representing the diversity of the entertainment industry. Membership includes ESTA, AMPTP, Cirque du Soleil, CITT, Disney Theatrical Productions, IAVM, IATSE, InfoComm, The League, Live Nation, NBC Universal, PRG, PSAV, TEA, and USITT. ETCP is an ESTA initiative created to promote industry safety.

Notable Upcoming Safety Events/Dates

International Worker’s Memorial Day

April 28 is International Workers’ Memorial Day (Workers’ Memorial Day in the U.S.A./ National Day of Mourning in Canada). The victims and their families who have been killed or harmed in the workplace, deserve our support and prayers.

On Friday, April 28 the IATSE International Moment of Silence, commemorating International Workers’ Memorial Day will be observed. Workers and Locals are asked to pause at work, their local offices, or where ever they are and stop for a moment of silence.

Links that may be helpful in commemorating this day are below:

Workers Memorial Day

Canadian National Day of Mourning

NAOSH Week – May 7-13, 2017

The North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) is a week dedicated to raising safety and health awareness in workplaces throughout Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Many things can be planned for this week such as posting safety reminders on employee bulletin boards or articles in Local Union newsletters. Others include having more safety meetings at work or holding safety trainings during this week.  NAOSH week is a great time to have a class.

If you have a training person, use the “Intro to OSHA” module from the OSHA 10/GES curriculum to put on a class. It has great information about OSHA and how to report hazards. Contact us for more information or simply fill out the application for this curriculum here.

More information on NAOSH week can be found at these links:

Annual Fall Safety Stand Down – May 8-12, 2017

As part of raising safety awareness during NAOSH Week, OSHA has puts together a fall prevention campaign, the Annual Fall Safety Stand-Down.  Falls from elevation make up over a third of the deaths in construction workplaces. The worst part is these deaths are preventable. This campaign is meant to focus on this high-risk issue to reduce the number of people hurt. While certain IATSE workers are more exposed to working at heights than others, basic elements of fall-protection, such as safe use of ladders apply to many IATSE workers in all crafts, and they will find these resources useful.

OSHA has developed several resources, including “toolbox talks”, that may be used throughout the safety awareness week and beyond. Toolbox talks are outlines for short 5-10 minute talks on identifying and responding to common hazards, short videos, and handouts (including inspection checklists). There are also posters and other promotional materials.

You can get information by following these links:

OSHA Safe & Sound Week – June 12-18, 2017

A proven method of creating a safer workplace is for a company to have a health and safety program. The program is a plan that employers make to try and eliminate hazards at work. A program uses some specific elements like employee participation, good communications, and training to achieve the goals of safety.

For more information follow these links:

Heat Illness Prevention Campaign

Excessive heat is always a potential hazard to workers. Possible harm includes death. Having water, rest, and shade are the simple step to prevent problems. A heat prevention program also requires that emergencies are planned for, and that employees receive training. This summer, be aware of the heat and ask your employer about their heat prevention program. For more information:

OSHA provides a plethora of resources including posters and other hand-outs;

There are training tools anda social media toolkit with sample tweets, hashtags, etc. that can help increase worker awareness around this completely preventable form of workplace illness:

OSHA also has a Heat Safety Tool app for both iPhone and Android Smartphones:

The TTF offers safety and training resources to all IATSE workers, locals, and employers.  Our staff can assist you, no matter what your training needs may be. Information, including a downloadable guide to setting up a training program, may be found here.

ETCP Launches Portable Power Distribution Technician Practice Exam

For Immediate Release
Contact: Meredith Moseley-Bennett

The Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) will launch a practice exam for the Portable Power Distribution Technician certification examination on April 1, 2017. The web-based practice exam will consist of fifty questions is available from that date forward for forty dollars at Candidates should go to the “Candidates” link and then follow the menu to ETCP and choose this exam.

The ETCP Council understands that there is a certain amount of fear surrounding the exams because many candidates have not taken an exam in quite some time and/or may be unfamiliar with computer-based testing. The fifty-question practice exam will provide candidates with a valuable tool for self assessment. There is no application process with the practice exam; so any interested candidate will be able to take the exam privately at home, at the office or on the road whenever it is most convenient for him or her. Candidates have 30 days to complete the exam.

I speak with candidates every day who are intimidated by this exam. Our hope is that the candidates who opt to take the practice exam will go into the actual exam feeling more comfortable and confident because they have gotten a general sense of the exam beforehand. Since the practice exam is exactly one-third of the test questions of the final exam, the candidates can time themselves for one hour to make sure they are answering the questions within the proper time-frame. At the end of the practice exam, candidates will be provided with a score report that is divided into the broad areas of the content outline which will help them get a sense of the areas that need more attention.
— Meredith Moseley-Bennett, ETCP Certification Manager

The ETCP Council members are key leaders drawn from entertainment business, labor, facilities, associations, and academia representing the diversity of the entertainment industry. Membership includes ESTA, AMPTP, Cirque du Soleil, CITT, Disney Theatrical Productions, IAVM, IATSE, InfoComm, The League, Live Nation, NBC Universal, PRG, PSAV, TEA, and USITT. ETCP is an ESTA initiative created to promote industry safety.

Don't forget that the TTF can reimburse you for the full cost of the ETCP exam once you pass! Read more about the program and download an application here.

New Local One OSHA Outreach Trainers: Michael Caffrey and John Lott

Congratulations to Michael Caffrey and John Lott from IATSE Local One who completed the OSHA Outreach Trainer program at Rutgers School of Public Health OTI Education Center! The TTF continues to support locals who develop their own trainers through the OSHA Training Institute Supported Funds program and by making the TTF OSHA 10/General Entertainment Safety Curriculum available to locals.

I look forward to bringing safety awareness to our jurisdiction as an instructor for the IATSE TTF OSHA 10/GES. As entertainment specialists, we must recognize our workplace hazards as well as our rights. We should come home as we left for work.
— Michael Cafrrey

Michael Caffrey, Local One

I am looking forward to teaching the OSHA 10/GES courses to new members and those who haven’t had the chance to take the class previously. By teaching these classes from a stagecraft point of view, I will be able to highlight the unique hazards we face in the entertainment industry and make the training more relatable to our members, which will improve the overall safety culture.
— John Lott

John Lott, Local One

Michael has been a proud rank and file member of Local One’s jurisdiction for the past 25 years. He is currently the Chairman of The Board of Trustees and Co-Chair of the Local One Safety Committee. He has received his B.S. in Labor Studies and is a ETCP Certified Electrician. Currently working at Carnegie Hall, he has worked throughout the jurisdiction including Broadway, Television Studios, Madison Square Garden, and the Met Opera.

John is the Head Carpenter at The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and is a member of the Local One Safety Committee. In addition, he also serves as the Organizer for Local One. He has a BA in Technical Theater and a MS in Safety, Security, and Emergency Management and is an ETCP Certified Electrician. He has over 20 years of experience working in a variety of entertainment disciplines and venues.