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New PLASA Standards Published In January 2012
2012-01-31

Four PLASA standards have been published in January 2012:

ANSI E1.15 - 2006 (R2011), Entertainment Technology--Recommended Practices and Guidelines for the Assembly and Use of Theatrical Boom & Base Assemblies, is a reaffirmation of the 2006 standard. It gives advice on boom and base assemblies, simple ground-support devices for lighting equipment and accessories. If the assembly is tall, not plumb, loaded unevenly, or likely to get run into by stage wagons or performers, there is substantial risk. This document offers advice to lower or eliminate that risk. The PDF of the new edition is bookmarked.

ANSI E1.24 - 2012, Entertainment Technology - Dimensional Requirements for Stage Pin Connectors. This revised edition is purely a configuration standard, and is meant to be used by NRTLs to ensure that male and female connectors from different manufacturers fit together. The downloaded product is a ZIP file with the standard bundled with the CAD drawings that were used to create the illustrations in the standard. The standards is the standard; the CAD files are for the convenience of those preparing connector shop drawings. The hard-copy product is the standard only.

ANSI E1.26 - 2006 (R2011), Entertainment Technology—Recommended Testing Methods and Values for Shock Absorption of Floors Used in Live Performance Venues. This is a reaffirmation of the existing standard for measuring and reporting the shock absorption of live performance floors, such as dance floors and stages. The PDF of the new edition is bookmarked.

ANSI E1.40 - 2011, Recommendations For the Planning of Theatrical Dust Effects, gives a mixture of guidance "should" statements and mandatory "shall" statements to help people to avoid inappropriate dust effect materials, to select those that are least likely to cause safety problems, and to use them with care.

The standards are available for purchase from The ESTA Foundation. Visit http://www.estafoundation.org/pubs.htm and follow the links. Purchases from The ESTA Foundation help support the Foundation's charitable work, as well as PLASA's Technical Standards Program.

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