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The Full E1.6 Suite is Open for Revision
2017-03-28

Two Rigging Working Group standards have been announced as open for revision: E1.6-3, Selection and Use of Serially Manufactured Chain Hoists in the Entertainment Industry, and E1.6-4, Portable Control of Fixed-Speed Electric Chain Hoists in the Entertainment Industry. The first two parts of the E1.6 suite for powered hoist systems, E1.6-1 and E1.6-2, were both opened for revision last year, so now all four parts are open for revision to address outdated references, correct errors, include new technologies, and stay coherent as a suite of standards.

E1.6-3, Selection and Use of Serially Manufactured Chain Hoists in the Entertainment Industry, establishes minimum safety requirements for the selection and use of serially manufactured electric link chain hoists having capacity of two tons or less in the entertainment industry. This part does not address the design or maintenance of these hoists. The standard is being revised to address outdated references, correct errors, and include new technologies.

E1.6-4, Portable Control of Fixed-Speed Electric Chain Hoists in the Entertainment Industry, covers portable control systems for fixed-speed electric chain hoists used in the entertainment industry. This part 4 document is the final installment of the ANSI E1.6 suite of powered entertainment rigging standards as it it currently exists. It is being opened for revision to address changes from other parts of the suite under revision.

To become involved with these or any open projects in the Technical Standards Program, download, fill out, and send to standards@esta.org a working group application from http://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/procedural_docs.html. The Rigging Working Group is particularly interested in gaining new voting members who would be in the interest categories of custom-market producers and designers. There is a $100 per person, per year participation fee, but the fee is prorated based on four meetings per year. Joining right now gets you access the the TSP for the rest of 2017, nine months, at the low, prorated price of $50. To participate in the ESTA Technical Standards Program standards development process another way, you may comment on any documents in public review at http://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php.

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