Gig Gear Debuts New Health & Safety Training Initiative at USITT

by Stage Directions
Gig Gear debuts Safe and Sound at USITT 2019
Gig Gear debuts Safe and Sound at USITT 2019

Gig Gear LLC — manufacturer of accessories designed for theatre techs and live entertainment production professionals — will officially announce its new personal health and safety awareness initiative “Safe and Sound” at next week’s USITT Expo in Louisville, KY, from March 20-23.

As the manufacturer of Gig Gloves, work gloves designed to protect the hands of theatre and live production professionals, the company saw the need to create an initiative that brings personal health, safety and wellness to the forefront of the theatre industry — as well as all production industries. 

While there are many programs and trainings regarding the use of specific equipment or certain processes in production environments, Gig Gear noticed the large lack of information and discussion on how to best take care of a staff’s overall health on a daily basis when working in theatre production. Safe and Sound aims to address this gap by providing content in the form of articles, videos and in-person workshops all aimed at informing and educating professionals on how to best stay safe and healthy while focusing on the various activities and workload one typically encounters in theatre production.

“We at Gig Gear are very excited to finally be debuting Safe and Sound — the only initiative of its kind in the industry,” said Danny Shatzkes founder and CEO of Gig Gear LLC. “Our goal is to help people continue doing what they love for longer. Personal health, safety and wellness are not necessarily topics that come up a lot in our industry, but it’s time that it be given the attention it deserves.”

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Safe and Sound will partner with experts in various fields to make sure that the content and information presented is always up-to-date and credible. As an added benefit to the industry, free wellness content, articles and videos will be available at www.safeandsoundblog.com.

For organizations that want to provide extra value to their employees, techs, crews and/or customers, Gig Gear will also offer in-person Safe and Sound workshops that will feature experts who will speak directly to staff with targeted lessons and tips on how to stay healthy and safe in their specific work environment. These workshops will provide dual benefit: to help educate staff on how to continue doing what they love for longer as well as providing companies with an opportunity to re-instill their care for their employees’ well-being and create a healthier workforce that is consequently more efficient.

Information on the in-person workshops can be found at www.safeandsoundlearning.com.  

“We want to put personal health on the forefront of people’s minds,” Shatzkes continued. “It’s our belief that we shouldn’t ‘live to work,’ rather ‘work to live’ and our livelihoods should complement how we want to spend our lives — not the other way around. So, we should make sure that when we are on the job, that we are doing so in the safest and healthiest way possible. This will only serve to enhance all aspects of everyday living. Safe and Sound will address these issues in the theatre production industry that have been largely ignored and will benefit everyone working in the theatre.”

Further information from Gig Gear: gig-gear.com
Further information on Safe and Sound: safeandsoundlearning.com.