Operate tools and equipment for use in stagehand activities

Business Sectors (Suites): Stagehands for Productions
Developed by: ScreenSkills
Approved on: 30 Mar 2022


‚ÄčThis standard is about using tools and equipment to fulfil designated tasks within the stagehand's environment.

It requires that you operate and handle all such tools and equipment safely, and that you know how to carry out checks on them before use, reporting any defects to the relevant person, for example the supervising stagehand or head of department.

Tools and equipment in use may include a table saw, a chop saw and an extractor unit. It also requires that you keep a tool kit that complies with stagehand operations.

This standard is for stagehands.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. ‚Äčidentify tools and powered equipment for the work activity
  2. carry out pre-start inspections and performance checks
  3. prepare, set up and adjust the tool and powered equipment for the work activity
  4. operate tools and powered equipment according to manufacturer's instructions and safety regulations
  5. identify defects affecting the operation or safety of tools and equipment and report these defects to the relevant person
  6. monitor potential risks and hazards to others
  7. ensure tools and powered equipment are stored safely

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. ‚Äčtypes of tools and powered equipment and associated attachments
  2. approved procedures and practices for carrying out the work activity
  3. how to change and fix necessary accessories and attachments
  4. how to operate tools and powered equipment according to manufacturer's instructions and safety regulations
  5. safe handling techniques for the tools and powered equipment
  6. how to identify different types of performance defects associated with the tools and powered equipment
  7. requirements for ventilation and use of personal protective equipment
  8. responsibilities under the health and safety legislation and regulations
  9. how to store tools and powered equipment safely


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Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2026





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Relevant Occupations

Arts, Media and Publishing, Crafts, Creative Arts and Design, Media and Communication, Media Associate Professionals, Performing Arts

SOC Code



stagehands, tools, equipment, risks and hazards, health and safety,