Safety and Training

General Safety Awareness Training
Prior to starting work activities or being authorized to access and use facility space, equipment, or tools, all new employees/students/volunteers must receive an initial overview of the department/facility safety plans and complete an orientation to critical Emergency response procedures and life safety equipment.

Every person working in the space must review and understand the General Safety Training as noted on the General Safety Checklist as well as have read and received training in the relevant module sections of the Safety Training Manual as determined in consultation with STAGES Staff using the Safe Practices Training Matrix and Safe Practice Training Checklist.  

General users of the space should have read and be familiar with the same rules but may not be necessitated to undergo specific trainings depending upon their use of the space.  Any use of any STAGES equipment in or outside the spaces requires specific module training.  

Please review these in the links at the bottom of this page.  

Supervisors/instructors must complete all the information blanks at the top of the training checklist: trainee’s name; supervisor’s/instructor’s name; the name of the department, and the name of the facility. Then the supervisor/instructor must review each applicable item on the training record checklist with each new employee/ student/volunteer and document the training on the training record checklist. A separate general safety awareness training checklist must be used for each trainee. Even if an employee has been employed in another University department, he or she must complete the performing arts general awareness training. Ensure each trainee signs his or her initials next to each item covered during the training as confirmation the training was completed.

USF STAGES Safe Practice Training
The USF STAGES Safe Practice Policies were developed to be used as training tools. The Policies must be reviewed at initial job assignment and should be used in refresher training prior to conducting non-routine tasks, refresher training for those not following safe practices, and/or as a refresher for those returning after an extended absence. Many of the policies will apply to a variety of job titles/tasks. A matrix is located behind the Safe Practice Training Record form to assist supervisors/instructors in selecting the appropriate codes for each trainee.

Identify the processes to which each employee/student/volunteer will be assigned, and then check off the appropriate topics to be covered on the trainee’s Safe Practice Training Record. Use the Safe Practice matrix to identify the topics that must be completed for each process. The second page of Safe Practice Training Record has been provided for recording additional training topics not currently included on the training matrix. We anticipate the Safe Practice policies will be reviewed over a period of time. Ensure the date each topic is covered is noted on the training record, and ensure the trainee records his or her initials as confirmation the information was covered and understood.

Employees/students/volunteers are responsible for reviewing the USF STAGES Safety Manual, reviewing the assigned Safe Practice policies, and participating in assigned training sessions. Work with your supervisor/ instructor to ensure all required training is completed. Talk to your supervisor/instructor if you have any questions, or if you do not understand the materials. You must initial each topic as the training is completed as documentation that the topic was reviewed and you understood the information provided.

Training Record Retention
Training records must be retained for a minimum of three years as required by the Cal-OSHA IIPP regulation or in accordance with the University’s record retention policy.

Safe Practice Training Matrix

General Safety Checklist

STAGES Emergency Response

Stages Safety Manual