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About the Technical Standards Program

The ESTA Technical Standards Program is the only ANSI-accredited standards program dedicated to the needs of the entertainment technology industry. The standards created under the TSP are used directly or indirectly every day by almost every manufacturer, dealer, installer, production company and end user. These standards prevent accidents, protect lives and property, save time and money, solve problems, inform the industry, and enhance creativity.

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“The work that is done by the TSP is indispensable. It is central to our industry…In fact, it is what makes us an industry, instead of just a bunch of individual projects.”

Ford Sellers, Senior Product Manager at Chauvet Lighting.

The TSP was established in 1994 in response to the increasing number of members who were encountering situations where the lack of standards, or the imposition of standards developed outside the entertainment industry, were making it increasingly difficult to conduct business safely, efficiently, and profitably. The TSP provides the vehicle to create safety and interoperability standards which are anti-trust compliant in a decidedly regulatory-compliant environment.

The current technology climate is accelerating at a faster rate than ever before yet, without the TSP, the industry would revert to a standards-free environment, or worse, an environment where standards for our industry would be set by people from outside our industry. This would be particularly disastrous in areas such as rigging where accidents would prompt individual cities and states to try and write their own standards which would result in a compliance and touring nightmare.

The impact of the TSP extends far beyond ESTA's membership to every facet of the entertainment, event and installation industries and to everyone who works in them.

All standards, recommended practices and informational handbooks are available for free download thanks to an alliance with ProSight Specialty Insurance.

ANSI Accredited
The accreditation of the Technical Standards Program by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) means that the ESTA program for standards-making has passed detailed scrutiny by ANSI to make sure it meets ANSI's stringent requirements for fairness and freedom from control by special interests. This accreditation allows ESTA to submit standards for the ANSI public review and comment process to ensure that all parties affected by a standard have had an opportunity to participate in its development, and allows ESTA to publish the standards with the ANSI designation which is universally recognized as a mark of technical diligence and commercial impartiality.

The TSP structure
The Technical Standards Program is the largest and most effective volunteer driven program in the industry. With the assistance of ESTA's Technical Standards Manager, hundreds of volunteers are responsible for every aspect of the program. Oversight for the program is provided by the Technical Standards Council. The actual work of writing standards is carried out by the Working Groups and their task groups. You do not need to be a member of ESTA to participate in the Technical Standards Program.