A safety and health program represents a systematic approach to achieving the goal of a positive safety culture. A well-defined, documented, and fully implemented safety and health program is required for the successful integration of a positive safety culture into the theatre production process. What is a safety and health program?

A health and safety program is an organized, written action plan to identify and control hazards, define safety responsibilities and respond to emergencies that result in the prevention of accidents and occupational diseases. The objective of a program is to integrate safety and health into all work practices and conditions. 1

Or, as succinctly stated by Anna Glover, Director of Theatre Safety and Occupational Health for the Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre,

A safety and health program is a definite plan of action that provides guidelines, that defines procedures, and can cover a wide range of activities. 2