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Two ESTA Draft Standards in Public Review

Posted on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Two documents are still available for public review at http://estalink.us/pr, and the review is free. In order of comment closing date they are:

BSR E1.6-1, Entertainment Technology — Powered Hoist Systems — This standard establishes requirements for the design, manufacture, installation, inspection, and maintenance of powered hoist systems for lifting and suspension of loads for performance, presentation, and theatrical production. This standard does not apply to the structure to which the hoist is attached, attachment of loads to the load carrying device, systems for flying people, welded link chain hoists, and manually powered hoists. Comments are due no later than 19 February 2018.

BSR E1.46, Standard for the Prevention of Falls from Theatrical Stages and Raised Performance Platforms — BSR E1.46, Standard for the Prevention of Falls from Theatrical Stages and Raised Performance Platforms, has been offered for public review. The standard provides guidance on fall protection appropriate to stages and other raised performance platforms. This is a revision of the existing E1.46 standard, made necessary by changes to the OSHA regulations dealing with fall protection on theatre stages.

For more information, please contact ESTA’s Technical Standards Program managers Karl Ruling or Erin Grabe at standards@esta.org or 1-212-244-1505.

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Four ESTA Standards in Public Review

Posted on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Four documents are available for public review on ESTA’s TSP website. One is an existing standard that is being considered for reaffirmation, while three are new standards. All are available for review at http://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php, and the review is free.

More details from ESTA (http://tsp.esta.org):

In alphanumeric order, they are:

BSR E1.4-2, Statically Suspended Rigging Systems

This draft standard addresses statically suspended rigging systems (dead-hung battens and grids) permanently installed in performances spaces, places of assembly, and other areas used for entertainment purposes where not otherwise covered by other E1 standards. This standard intends to establish minimum performance criteria, recommendations and guidelines that can be used for installation, use, maintenance and inspection purposes. Comments are due no later than December 25, 2017.

BSR E1.4-3, Entertainment Technology—Manually Operated Hoist Rigging Systems

This draft standard applies to permanently installed, human-powered manually operated hoists used as part of rigging systems for raising, lowering, and suspension of scenery, properties, lighting, and similar loads. This standard establishes requirements for the design, manufacture, installation, inspection, and maintenance of manual hoist systems for lifting and suspension of loads for performance, presentation, and theatrical production. Comments are due no later than January 15, 2018.

BSR E1.35, Lens Quality Measurements for Pattern Projecting Luminaires Intended for Entertainment Use

This is a public review of an existing standard, ANSI E1.35 – 2013. The standard5 describes a method for measuring stage and studio luminaire lens quality with particular emphasis on contrast and perceived sharpness. It also offers a way for presenting these results on a datasheet in a format that is readily understood by a typical end-user.Comments are due no later than January 15, 2018.

BSR E1.51, The Selection, Installation, and Use of Single-Conductor Portable Power Feeder Cable Systems for Use at 600 Volts Nominal or Less for the Distribution of Electrical Energy in the Television, Film, Live Performance and Event Industries in Canada

E1.51 is intended to offer guidance, in the context of applicable standards and regulations in Canada, on how to select, install, use, and maintain single-conductor portable feeder cables used to supply power for television, film, live performance, and special events in Canada. Comments are due no later than January 15, 2018.

For more information, please contact ESTA’s Technical Standards Program managers Karl Ruling or Erin Grabe at standards@esta.org

 

International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging Now Available

Posted on Monday, November 6th, 2017

In response to calls from the international entertainment rigging community, rigging professionals from around the globe came together to create ICOPER to promote awareness and safety worldwide by providing a model code of practice with a focus on arena rigging. However, this Code of Practice is applicable to all event production rigging disciplines. ESTA and PLASA announce the release of an International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging (ICOPER) which is available as a free download at www.esta.org/icoper or www.plasa.org/icoper.

The practices described in the Code are intended to provide a universal foundation for those engaged in planning, managing and executing entertainment rigging. ICOPER also provides guidelines for those who wish to develop policy, design training content or help establish certification criteria.

Key areas covered in ICOPER include Pre-Installation, Planning and Engineering; Drawing Conventions; Equipment Selection; Onsite Rigging Work, Lifting Operations, Show Rigging Operations, De-Rigging Work; and Post Production. Also included are a glossary, an appendix covering determinate and indeterminate rigging systems, and a regional comparison of terms regarding Standards.

The principal authors of the Code, who met regularly via WebEx over a period of twenty months, are Nick Barnfield (New Zealand), Tiny Good (Australia), Chris Higgs (United Kingdom), Ed Kish (United States), Bill Sapsis (United States), and Roy Schilderman (The Netherlands). ESTA’s Lori Rubinstein provided administrative support for the project.

The authors believe that recognition and acceptance of this universal code will help promote regulatory harmony and reduce potential conflicts between regions around the world. They hope the resulting improvements in communications and relations with regional and local regulators will be particularly beneficial to those professionals involved in international production.

Acknowledging that regulations and standards differ around the world, ICOPER is not prescriptive, rather it provides a series of guidelines that, if followed, will produce uniformly predictable results and enhance safe practice. Adopting and supporting ICOPER therefore benefits everyone involved in event production.

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Six ESTA Standards in Public Review

Posted on Monday, August 7th, 2017

Six standards are available for public review. Five of the six have comment deadlines on Sept. 25, 2017, The deadline for one of the six is a week later, Oct. 2. People materially affected by these standards are invited to review them and to comment on them, saying they are acceptable as they are or are in need of changes.

To view the six standards, go to the ESTA website at http://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php.

BSR E1.9, Entertainment Technology – Reporting Photometric Performance Data for Luminaires Used in Entertainment Lighting
This standard defines the minimum data to be presented on documents purporting to accurately describe the photometric performance of stage and studio luminaires used in the live entertainment and performance industries. This is a proposed reaffirmation of the standard first published in 2007. The closing date is 25 September 2017.

BSR E1.6-2, Design, Inspection, and Maintenance of Electric Chain Hoists for the Entertainment Industry
This standard covers the design, inspection, and maintenance of serially manufactured electric link chain hoists having capacity of 2 tons or less and used in the entertainment industry. This standard does not cover attachment to the load or to the overhead structure. Controls used for multiple hoist operation are excluded from the scope of this standard. This is a proposed revision of the existing E1.6-2 standard. Comments are due 25 September.

BSR E1.14, Entertainment Technology – Recommendations for Inclusions in Fog Equipment Manuals
The standard applies to the instruction manuals for fog-making equipment manufactured for use in the entertainment industry. Fog users must have some general knowledge of the technology, have a clear understanding of how to operate the fog system, and be aware of the potential hazards related to the use of fog, and fog systems. This standard establishes guidelines for manufacturers to provide to the user the necessary information required for the safe and responsible use of fog equipment. This is a proposed revision of the existing E1.14. Comments are due by 25 September.

BSR E1.25, Recommended Basic Conditions for Measuring the Photometric Output of Stage and Studio Luminaires by Measuring Illumination Levels Produced on a Planar Surface
E1.25 describes the basic conditions for measuring the photometric output of stage and studio luminaries by a variety of testing methods that measure the illumination levels produced by the luminaires on a planar surface. The conditions are intended to be reasonably achievable for a person doing measurements on a stage, in a studio, or in a rental shop. This is a proposed reaffirmation of E1.25, which was last revised in 2012. Comments are due 25 September.

BSR E1.36, Model Procedure for Permitting the Use of Tungsten-Halogen Incandescent Lamps and Stage and Studio Luminaires in Vendor Exhibit Booths in Convention and Trade Show Exhibition Halls
E1.36 is a model set of procedures that can be used by convention center and trade show exhibition hall staff to mitigate the risks perceived to be associated with the use of tungsten-halogen lamps and stage and studio luminaires in convention centers and trade show exhibition halls and to allow their use in a safe manner. This is a proposed revision of the standard first published in 2007. Comments are due 25 September.

BSR E1.31, Entertainment Technology—Lightweight streaming protocol for transport of DMX512 using ACN
E1.31, often called sACN, provides a very simple protocol that offers functionality comparable to proprietary DMX512 over Ethernet protocols while being compatible with the ANSI E1.17 suite of protocols. The standard is being revised, limited to the addition of IPv6 compatibility and the correction of errors. Input on additional features is not being sought at this time. Comments are due 2 October.

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ESTA Publishes Rigging System Inspection Standard

Posted on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Rigging system inspections are recommended as a component of theatrical workplace safety programs, but there are currently no industry-accepted guidelines for inspection frequency, who conducts the inspection, how the inspection is conducted, and what should be included in reports. The lack of industry-accepted guidelines exists both for owner-conducted and third-party inspections.

In 2012, ESTA began working on a standard for rigging system inspections. ANSI E1.47 – 2017, Entertainment Technology — Recommended Guidelines for Entertainment Rigging System Inspections, is now approved as an American National Standard and available for free download at tsp.esta.org/freestandards, courtesy of ProSight Specialty Insurance. It offers guidance on inspecting entertainment rigging system — which are systems used to lift and support scenery, luminaires, and other equipment overhead in entertainment venues, such as theatres, video/film studios, amphitheatres, and arenas used for live performances or special events — including recommended inspector qualifications and responsibilities, scope and frequency of inspections, content of the rigging inspection report, and related information concerning the inspection process. The standard may be of use to rigging system inspectors, rigging system owners, stagehands and performers, insurance companies, and occupational health and safety authorities.

For more information on ESTA’s Technical Standards Program, including joining a working group, commenting on a draft standard in public review, or to request that a new standard be developed by one of the working groups, please visit the URL below.

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Two ESTA Standards in Public Review

Posted on Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Two ESTA Technical Standards Program draft standards have been posted for public review at http://estalink.us/pr. Descriptions and deadlines for comments are as follows:

BSR E1.14 — 2001 (R201x), Entertainment Technology — Recommendations for Inclusions in Fog Equipment Manuals, applies to the instruction manuals for fog-making equipment manufactured for use in the entertainment industry. In order to use fog safely and effectively, the user must have some general knowledge of the technology, have a clear understanding of how to operate the fog making system, and be aware of the potential hazards related to the use of fog, and particularly the system that he/she is using. This standard is designed to establish guidelines for manufacturers to provide to the user the necessary information required for the safe and responsible use of fog equipment. Last reaffirmed in 2013, the 2001 version is again being considered for reaffirmation by the Fog & Smoke Working Group. The public review ends at the end of the day on May 15, 2017.

BSR E1.31 — 201x, Entertainment Technology — Lightweight Streaming Protocol for Transport of DMX512 using ACN., provides a very simple protocol that offers functionality comparable to proprietary DMX512 over Ethernet protocols while being compatible with the E1.17 suite of protocols. The standard is being revised, limited to the addition of IPv6 compatibility and the correction of errors. Input on additional features is not being sought at this time. A future revision of the standard is planned to incorporate any changes outside of this scope. That future revision will be developed following the IPv6 update. To aid reviewers in discerning which sections of the draft standard include changes, a copy of the draft showing tracked changes is included in the public review package. The public review ends at the end of the day on May 8, 2017.

The review documentation — including the draft standards, review forms, review explanations, and review instructions — is available to download from http://estalink.us/pr. Email review forms to standards@esta.org before the date listed on the public review documents page.

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Three ESTA Standards in Public Review

Posted on Thursday, May 5th, 2016

00B92B28D0Three draft standards have been added to the ESTA public review page at the URL below. People materially affected by the standards are invited to review them and to offer comments, if they chose, before the reviews end on June 27. The three draft standards are:

BSR E1.40, Recommendations for the Planning of Theatrical Dust Effects — ANSI E1.40-2011 is being revised to warn against deflagration — deflagration being the technical term for the wave of flame that burned hundreds of people at a water park in Taiwan last year. Other changes include a regrouping of types of dusts and changing MSDS references to SDS references.

BSR E1.41, Recommendations for the Measurement of Entertainment Luminaires Utilizing Solid State Light Sources — ANSI E1.41-2012 is being revised to specify that the Fidelity Index (Rf) rating, as defined in IES TM-30-15, be used for reporting the production of white light of a reported CCT. The existing ANSI standard requires reporting the CQS score, but CQS has no hold in the lighting market. CRI is a flawed metric, not suitable for narrow-band emitters.

BSR E1.55, Standard for Theatrical Makeup Mirror Lighting — ANSI E1.55-2015 is being revised to add the Fidelity Index (Rf) rating per IES TM-30-15, for the same reasons that Rf is being added to E1.41.

For more information, please contact:
Karl G. Ruling, ESTA technical standards manager
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 609
New York, NY 10036 USA
1-212-244-1505 x703
standards@esta.org

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