NFPA goes Hollywood: How the National Electrical Code is safeguarding the entertainment industry

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Jul 23, 2013
Alan Rowe
Alan Rowe at the CBS lot in Studio City, California, on the set of the NBC TV series "Parks and Recreation."

The glitz and glamour of show business tends to overshadow the culture of safety guiding the entertainment industry. If Alan Rowe has his way, this tide may turn.

Rowe is the safety and training director for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 728 in Hollywood, California. IATSE represents behind-the-scenes workers in an array of entertainment venues, places where recent deaths and injuries have given rise to increased scrutiny of safety issues and new efforts involving NFPA.

Rowe recently chatted with NFPA Journal about these efforts, which include bolstering the use of NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code®, expanding IATSE's presence on NFPA committees, and increasing outreach to authorities having jurisdiction.

"We rely heavily on codes NFPA has created and use them as a benchmark," says Rowe. "The most obvious impact NFPA has on our craft is electrical. We're very mindful of the fact that that we need to make sure people understand what we do is to the code, even though they've never seen some of our equipment before."

Read the entire Q&A in the July/August issue of Journal.