Date: 8/11/2020


The Entertainment Industries have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic. As our events require both technicians, supervisors and often the public to gather in moderate to very large groups in close proximity, the “back to work” dates are looming somewhere in the far-off future. The best we can do at this moment is to plan responsibly for the safe return first of event personnel, and then of the public. To facilitate this discussion, the IATSE has been working with professionals to establish guidelines and baselines for that eventuality. This panel will discuss the work done to date and help focus the discussions taking place about how and when we can get back to work.


joe_aldridgeJoe Aldridge

  • Joe Aldridge is a retired professor from the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he was the Director of the Entertainment Engineering and Design program and member of IATSE Local 720. 
  • He serves as a Trustee for the IATSE Entertainment and Exhibition Industries Training Trust Fund, a Past President of USITT, a member of the ETCP Board and is a member of the IATSE Crafts Advancement Program.  
  • Joe is involved in developing curriculum for IATSE training programs and is an OSHA Outreach Trainer. 

    Hannah's headshot 2020Hannah R. D’Amico

  • Hannah is the Safety & Training Outreach Coordinator for the IATSE Education and Training Department.
  • She works with members of the IATSE Craft Advancement Program to develop skills and safety trainings for IATSE workers.
  • She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations.
  • She also has a Certificate in Labor Studies from the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, Union Semester Program; and OSHA 10/OSHA 30 completion cards.

    kent_jorgensen (2)Kent H. Jorgensen

  • Kent H. Jorgensen, Chairman of the IATSE Safety Committee, has been involved with safety, training, and standards writing for 20 years as a representative of IATSE Local 80. 
  • Kent is currently the Labor Chair for the Motion Picture/Television Industry Wide Labor-Management Safety. 
  • Kent began his career working on film and television as a grip. 
  • As a trainer, he regularly teaches OSHA 10 Hour Outreach, Entertainment Rigging, Fall Arrest for Entertainment Workers, and High Angle Rescue. 

  • Eddie_RaymondEddie Raymond

  • Eddie Raymond retired from being the Safety & Training Director of IATSE Local 16 in 2014. 
  • He is the Past President of ESTA, sits on the IATSE Crafts Advancement Program, is a member of the ETCP Council, a Subject Matter Expert for the ETCP Entertainment Rigging Exams, and a board member of the Behind the Scenes Charity. 
  • Eddie has acted as ACT’s Scene Shop Foreman/Technical Supervisor and as Construction Coordinator at Industrial Light & Magic. 
  • Currently he is an OSHA Outreach Trainer.

  • alan_roweAlan M. Rowe

  • Alan M. Rowe is the Chairman of the IATSE Craft Advancement Program as well as the President and Safety & Training Director for IATSE Local 728. 
  • Alan serves on the ESTA Board of Directors, as the Co-Chair for the ECTP Entertainment Electrical Certifications, sits on the ESTA Technical Standards Council, is a member of the Motion Picture/Television Industry Wide Safety Committee, and represents the IATSE on Code Making Panel 15 of the National Electrical Code. 

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