THE PROPERTIES DIRECTORS HANDBOOK  

 PROPS for the THEATRE

 



    Having a water source in the prop shop is a necessity.  The crafts area alone requires access to water for the washer, dye vat, and sink areas.  Both hot and cold water must be available as well as good drainage.  A deep stainless steel sink  in the crafts area is preferred
to allow for easy cleaning and resistance to chemicals/dye.


    Having a separate paint/crafts sink from the dye area with a plaster/paint trap prevents cross contamination of dye drift, plaster, paint, and other materials between the craft processes.  The trap helps prevent drain clogs in a sink that gets heavy use in the casting and molding / paint processes of a prop shop.


    A wash-up area should be provided for the cleaning of hand props
such as dishware, silverware, and glasses that is free from contamination of dye or chemicals.


    For those shops with a crafts area separate from other work areas, the floor should be fitted with a floor drain to allow for excess water to be easily removed.  This is especially helpful if work such as stripping and furniture cleaning are part of the work completed in this area as washing down the bare wood with water is a necessary part of the procedure in removing many paint or varnish finishes.  Having an area allowing excess water to be contained will be handy for many prop processes including painting, general cleaning, specialty dye processes needing “drip” time, flame-proofing of fabrics or upholstered pieces, etc.

 

   


An emergency eye wash station
should be installed where artisans may be exposed to harmful chemicals or sawdust.  These wash stations are designed to activate by a simple push lever to flush contaminants out of the eyes after exposure. 
Eye wash stations should be tested weekly to rinse out any accumulated dust or contaminants and to insure they are working properly.  Follow ANSI guidelines for proper location and placement.












Self-contained eye wash stations are also available for installation in renovated spaces lacking access to plumbing.

 

   









  
Having access to a shower area in case of body contamination is important when doing processes that might accidentally splash or contaminate the body or clothing of the artisan to hazardous liquids.  Planning a small shop bathroom with a shower provides for drench decontamination as well as a nice restroom amenity for the crew. Some shops may be adjacent to a backstage area where showers are provided to cast and crew allowing access for a full body drench in an emergency situation





                                            






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PLANNING A PROP SHOP

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PLANNING A PROP SHOP

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