Public Review Documents

ANSI procedures require that a standard be submitted to public review so that all parties materially affected have an opportunity to participate in its development. This ensures the standard reflects the consensus of opinion in the industry. A document is offered for public review for a limited period of time after which it is withdrawn for comment resolution and revision. If substantive changes are made to the document it will be offered for a subsequent public review.  If no substantive changes are made and the working group is satisfied with the document, the standard will be put forth for acceptance as an American National Standard.

The draft documents are produced by members of the working groups in the Technical Standards Program. Membership in the working groups is open to all who are materially affected by the work of the group; membership in ESTA or any other association is not a requirement. Voting members are required to attend meetings, but observer members are not, although they are welcome to attend and to speak on issues if they choose. More information about working groups and an application to join are available under the working groups link.

Each public review packet includes the draft document and a response form. There may also be an explanatory document that gives the purpose or background of the document, but this is optional. Please submit comments by the due date noted on the response form, which is the day before the "Submit Before This Date" listed in the table here. The review has ended when that date starts.

Below is a list of documents currently under public review. To participate in the review of these documents, please download the necessary forms and documents by using the links provided below. After you submit your comments, you should receive a confimation within one week.

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Please download and then fill out the Review Form off-line and submit it by email. Do not fill it in with your browser as that usually results in a blank Review Form.









Documents currently in Public Review (no documents listed = no current public reviews)

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BSR E1.71 Powered Curtain Machines

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This standard establishes requirements for the design, manufacture, installation, inspection, and maintenance of machines intended for the movement of curtains. Curtains operated by these machines may be for scenery, performance, presentation, acoustical damping, museum exhibits, retail displays, and theatrical production. It includes the control systems, mechanical construction, and powertrain components of said machines. It also includes the track components that interact with the operating media, but does not include the curtain fabric construction, track, and load suspension system. It does not include curtain effect machines that require manually resetting or repositioning the curtain before the system may be used again.  Stage Machinery Working Group  November 11, 2022  December 26, 2022 
BSR ES1.40 - 202x, Event Safety - Security

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This standard addresses the various guest services and crowd control aspects that are encompassed by "event security", all of which serve a common function of establishing the behavioral expectations for the event, ranging from permissible item possession, access control, and behavioral management, to crime prevention and an overall sense of safety for event attendees. This standard addresses both active and passive security considerations. It distinguishes between private security staff and law enforcement. This standard helps reduce the risk of harm to event attendees, and to their property, while helping to improve their on-site experience.  Event Safety  October 12, 2022  December 13, 2022 
BSR ES1.5-202x, Medical Preparedness

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This standard helps identify the steps necessary to create a reasonable level of protection from medical hazards that can be created by, exacerbated by, or cause effective treatment delay as a result of, the unique challenges & circumstances presented by the special event environment. Its scope includes the assessment of specific medical hazards, and also addresses the potential impact to local medical services, which may be temporarily impacted by the specific needs of the special event.  Event Safety  October 12, 2022  December 13, 2022 


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