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PLASA Electrical Standards Available for Public Review

Posted on Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

The first two of these three new Electrical standards may not be directly applicable to our electrical environment, but nevertheless make interesting reading if you’re working with higher current single-core feeder cables and connectors.

The “Guide for the Inspection of Entertainment Industry Incandescent Lamp Luminaires” is a useful and pretty comprehensive set of guidelines for luminaire inspection. This one is definitely worth downloading and reading if you’re interested in preparing a maintenance inspection checklist.

BSR E1.18-1 – 201x, Standard for 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 entertainment and live-event industries.

The BSR E1.18 project is to offer guidance on the selection, installation, and safe use of single-conductor portable power feeder cable systems used in the entertainment and live-event industries. This part, E1.18-1, contains the majority of the recommendations, suitable for most common portable power distribution installations.The BSR E1.18 project is to offer guidance on the selection, installation, and safe use of single-conductor portable power feeder cable systems used in the entertainment and live-event industries. This part, E1.18-1, contains the majority of the recommendations, suitable for most common portable power distribution installations.

BSR E1.24 – 201x, Entertainment Technology – Dimensional Requirements for Stage Pin Connectors.

BSR E1.24 – 201x is a revised version of the existing ANSI E1.24 – 2006. The standard is being revised to clarify its use as a configuration standard giving the mating requirements for male and female pin connectors, contact set-backs from the front face, and marking requirements. The electrical reliability and flammability requirements for pin connectors would be covered by other standards, such as UL 498, Attachment Plugs and Receptacles.

All the proposed changes were accepted during the prior two public reviews, except for problems related to the dimensions in figures 5 and 10, and certain requirements in the normative Pin Connector Chart Notes. Therefore, these two figures and notes have been changed and the three pages containing them are being offered for public review.

BSR E1.32 – 201x, Guide for the Inspection of Entertainment Industry Incandescent Lamp Luminaires.

This document provides guidance in the inspection of stage and studio luminaires used in the entertainment industry to evaluate their safety and any needed maintenance. The information contained in this document is intended to supplement the information contained in manufacturers’ maintenance instructions.

Review period for all three documents ends: October 18, 2011

Copies of the draft recommendations and the forms for submitting your comments are available from the PLASA Public Review Documents page.

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PLASA Optical Standards Available for Public Review

Posted on Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

BSR E1.25 – 201x, 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.

Review period ends: November 1, 2011

BSR E1.41 – 201x, Recommendations for Measuring and Reporting Photometric Performance Data for Entertainment Luminaires Utilizing Solid State Light Sources

E1.41 offers recommendations for measuring and reporting the output of LED luminaires used in the live entertainment industry. This industry needs unusually precise color and color rendering characterization, which this document provides. Current methods for luminaire output measurement assume the use of broad-band emitters, which LEDs are not, and do not deal well with characterizing the intensely colored light LEDs can produce.

Review period ends: October 18, 2011

Copies of the draft recommendations and the forms for submitting your comments are available from the PLASA Public Review Documents page.

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One Draft Control Protocol Standard in Public Review

Posted on Monday, September 5th, 2011

BSR E1.33 – 201x, Entertainment Technology – Extensions to E1.31 for Transport of ANSI E1.20, is available for public review online through October 17. The link to the document will disappear when October 18 starts.

BSR E1.33 is a set of extensions to E1.31 to support ANSI E1.20 functionality, while maintaining E1.31’s compatibility with the E1.17 (ACN) control architecture and ANSI E1.11 (DMX512-A). The E1.31 protocol is intended to be suitable for implementation in hardware with very limited resources, which is expected to be used in simpler entertainment lighting control systems.

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Four More Draft Rigging Standards Available for Public Review

Posted on Monday, September 5th, 2011

Four more draft rigging standards have been added to the list available for review on PLASA’s public review online. The reviews run through October 17. The links will disappear when October 18 starts.

BSR E1.1 – 201x, Entertainment Technology – Construction and Use of Wire Rope Ladders, describes the construction and use of wire rope ladders in the entertainment industry in order to promote worker safety. It’s a revision of the existing 2006 standard. The changes are intended to raise the minimum load rating to allow heavier workers to use the ladders.

BSR E1.6-2 – 201x, Entertainment Technology — Design, Inspection, and Maintenance of Electric Chain Hoists for the Entertainment Industry, is a part of the BSR E1.6 powered theatrical rigging systems project. This document, BSR E1.6-2, covers the design, inspection, and maintenance of electric chain hoists used in the entertainment industry as part of a performance or in preparation for a performance.

BSR E1.6-3 – 201x, Selection and Use of Chain Hoists in the Entertainment Industry, is another part of the BSR E1.6 powered rigging project. It establishes minimum safety requirements for the selection and use of serially manufactured electric link chain hoists having capacity of 2 tons or less in the entertainment industry. This part does not address the design or maintenance of these hoists.

BSR E1.39 – 201x, Entertainment Technology -Selection and Use of Personal Fall Arrest Systems on Portable Structures Used in the Entertainment Industry, establishes minimum requirements for the selection and use of personal fall arrest systems on portable structures in the entertainment industry. It also establishes minimum requirements for manufacturers and owners of these structures being used as work platforms.

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Safety in Entertainment website launched

Posted on Friday, September 2nd, 2011

PLASA has announced the launch of the Entertainment Industry Safety Initiative website, now live at www.safetyinentertainment.org. The site is designed to raise awareness of safety in the live event production industry among companies and individuals by providing information and resources regarding safe work practices, record keeping, accident reporting, and more. The site currently focuses on codes and regulations in the United States, but will be expanded to cover other countries in the future.

The website was created by PLASA after meeting with representatives from across the industry, including a variety of trade and professional associations, employers, venues, and labour unions last March at USITT. At the meeting, there was unanimous agreement among the attendees that there is a need and a desire for a central location where information can be easily found to help facilitate safety programs and to promote the general health and safety of the industry. Development of the website is ongoing, and contributions and suggestions from the industry are encouraged.

The site includes news, information, and standards from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); references to relevant standards from ANSI (many created by PLASA’s Technical Standards Programme), NFPA, NEC, and NIOSH; OSHA technical resources, record keeping and reporting tools, sample forms, publications, and information about illness and injury prevention. Much of the information has been gathered and consolidated from participants in the inaugural meeting.

Eddie Raymond, Chairman of PLASA North America, said, “Employers have a responsibility to protect the lives and safety of their workers. We want to help make it easier to find information and tools that employers can use to facilitate their safety programs and compliance with OSHA.”

Lori Rubinstein, executive director, North America, commented, “We had a tremendous response at our first meeting. Many of the participants have assisted in collecting these resources and making them available to the entire industry. Our hope is that this website will help make the industry a safer place to work.”

www.safetyinentertainment.org

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Draft of Revised Standard for Temp. Ground-Supported Stuctures available for review

Posted on Friday, August 19th, 2011

BSR E1.21 – 201x, Entertainment Technology — Temporary Ground-Supported Structures Used to Cover the Stage Areas and Support Equipment in the Production of Outdoor Entertainment Events is being revised to cover the design, manufacture, and use of all the portable structures used to support scenery, lighting, and sound equipment, and to cover the stages in the production of outdoor entertainment events, excluding structures for the public such as audience bleachers and food stands.

Interesting timing in view of recent occurrences with such structures.

Review period ends: October 11, 2011

Copies of the draft recommendations and the forms for submitting your comments are available from the PLASA Public Review Documents page.

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Draft Standard for Powered Hoist Systems Now Available for Review

Posted on Monday, May 16th, 2011

BSR E1.6-1 – 201x, Entertainment Technology – Powered Hoist Systems

This draft standard is part of the BSR E1.6 powered theatrical rigging system project. This part, BSR E1.6-1, deals with powered winches that are not serially manufactured electric chain hoists. It is intended to establish requirements for the design, manufacture, inspection, and maintenance of powered hoist systems for lifting and suspending loads in theatres and other places of public assembly.

Review period ends: July 12, 2011

Copies of the draft recommendations and the forms for submitting your comments are available from the PLASA Public Review Documents page.

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