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.
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.
Two ESTA Standards in Public Review
Posted on Thursday, March 30th, 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org before the date listed on the public review documents page.
Three ESTA Standards in Public Review
Posted on Thursday, May 5th, 2016
Three 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
Three Additional ESTA Technical Standards in Public Review
Posted on Thursday, April 7th, 2016
Three additional ESTA Technical Standards Program documents make eight in public review at http://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php. Comments on these additional documents are due no later than May 23, 2016. Anyone who would be materially affected by the publication of these documents as American National Standards is invited to submit comments. The three additional documents are:
BSR E1.28 — 2011 (R201x), Guidance on planning followspot positions in places of public assembly (a reaffirmation) — From the followspot position working group, E1.28 offers guidance on the planning of permanent followspot positions, including recommendations on the locations of the followspot positions within the venue, the power likely to be needed, the waste heat generated, the amount of space likely to be needed, and the fall protection and egress issues to be considered for the followspot operator’s safety. The existing standard is being considered for reaffirmation.
BSR E1.42 — 201x, Entertainment Technology — Design, Installation, and Use of Orchestra Pit Lifts (a new project) — From the stage lifts working group, BSR E1.42 intends to cover the design, construction, operation, inspection, testing, maintenance, alteration, and repair of permanently installed orchestra pit lifts and their associated parts, rooms, spaces, enclosures, and hoistways, where located in a theatre or a similar place of public entertainment.
BSR E1.56 — 201x, Entertainment Technology — Rigging Support Points (a new project) — From the rigging working group, BSR E1.56 applies to stationary rigging points that are intended to be permanent and provides minimum requirements for the design, fabrication, installation, inspection, and documentation of these rigging points for their use to support rigging loads.
For more information, contact TSP staff at email@example.com.
Four ESTA Standards Approved and Published
Posted on Monday, March 14th, 2016
Last month, the American National Standards Institute’s Board of Standards Review approved four ESTA standards: two brand-new, safety-related documents and two control protocol documents that were reaffirmed. These, and all of ESTA’s published standards, are available for free download to everyone, courtesy of ProSight Specialty Insurance, at tsp.esta.org/freestandards, or they may be purchased from ANSI or IHS.
ANSI E1.46 – 2016, Standard for the Prevention of Falls from Theatrical Stages and Raised Performance Platforms — The users of theatrical stages and raised platforms can suffer debilitating injuries from falls into orchestra pits, open stage lifts, and similar openings in stage floors. Health and safety regulations require action to prevent these falls by employees, but offer little guidance that is suitable for theatrical environments. This document provides that guidance to protect all people at risk.
ANSI E1.43 – 2016, Entertainment Technology-Performer Flying Systems — This standard establishes a minimum level of performance parameters for the design, manufacture, use, and maintenance of performer flying systems used in the production of entertainment events. The purpose of this guidance is to achieve the adequate strength, reliability, and safety of these systems to ensure safety of the performer, other production personnel, and audiences under all circumstances associated with performer flying.
ANSI E1.30-1 – 2010 (R2016), EPI 23, Device Identification Subdevice — This EPI (EPI stands for E1.17 Profiles for Interoperability) specifies a collection of properties which may be exposed by a DMP device to provide detailed information on the manufacturer, model, serial number, hardware and software revisions, and other administrative details of the device. These properties are described in a standard format as a templated DDL (sub)device.
ANSI E1.3 – 2001 (R2016), Entertainment Technology — Lighting Control Systems — 0 to 10 V Analog Control Specification ANSI E1.3 describes a method of controlling equipment by means of an analog control voltage in the nominal range from zero to 10 volts positive, with the controller sourcing the signal current.
According to ANSI Essential Requirements: Due process requirements for American National Standards, ESTA’s approved American National Standards must undergo periodic maintenance. This means that all ANS must be reviewed every five years from the date of approval, and either revised to be current, withdrawn as an ANS, or reaffirmed. Reaffirmation means that the document needs no substantive changes, and is designated with an R and the year of reaffirmation in parenthesis following the standard’s designation and original year of approval.
The ESTA Technical Standards Program is an ANSI-accredited standards development organization, created and administered by the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) to serve its members and the entertainment technology and live event industries. The TSP publishes standards that solve problems faced by users, designers, manufacturers, and dealers of entertainment technology. Membership in ESTA is not a requirement for TSP participation, but there is a $100 annual fee for all individual participants, regardless of the number of working groups to which you apply.
There are eight working groups: Control Protocols, Electrical Power, Floors, Fog & Smoke, Followspot Position, Photometrics, Rigging, and Stage Lifts. People with a material interest in the work of any of these groups may join by submitting a working group application to firstname.lastname@example.org, one for each working group of interest. More information at the URL below.
New Standard in review: Prevention of falls on mobile stages
Posted on Wednesday, December 16th, 2015
BSR E1.57 – 201x, Recommendations to prevent falls on or off movable parade floats, movable stages, and similar moving platforms.
This standard offers recommendations to prevent falls by anyone (e.g., performers, technicians, politicians) on parade floats, movable stages, and similar moving platforms. Fall protection is needed, but this protection needs to be provided in a way that preserves the artistic intent of the moving float or platform. This document is being written to provide guidance on how to accomplish this.
Comments are due by US COB on 2nd February, 2016.
For more information, please contact:
Karl G. Ruling, PLASA Technical Standards Manager
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 609
New York, New York 10036 USA