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A Trio of ESTA Standards in Public Review
Three ESTA standards—two new and one reaffirmation—are available for public review and comment on the ESTA website at http://estalink.us/pr. The downloads are free. Comments on all are due before 4 April 2023.
BSR E1.14, Entertainment Technology - Recommendations for Inclusions in Fog Equipment Manuals, is a project to reaffirm the existing standard. The standard applies to the instruction manuals for fog-making equipment manufactured for use in the entertainment industry. The standard was written to address concerns from ESTA dealers who were selling equipment with manuals that essentially said, “Fill with fluid. Plug in. Wait for light to go out. Make fog!” That's seriously deficient. Fog users must have some general knowledge of the technology, have a clear understanding of how to operate the fog system, and be aware of the potential hazards related to the use of fog and fog systems. This standard establishes guidelines for manufacturers to provide the user with the necessary information for the safe and responsible use of fog equipment. This public review is to identify errors or serious omissions.
BSR E1.72, Powered Floor Machinery, establishes requirements for the design, manufacture, installation, inspection, operation, and maintenance of powered Stage Floor Machinery for performance, presentation, and theatrical production. It covers the machinery, mechanisms, machine safety devices, and control interface requirements for equipment and systems, installed permanently or temporarily. Examples include but are not limited to wagons, turntables, treadmills, slip stages, and trap covers. This draft reflects changes made as a result of the first public review comments.
The next draft standard in public review is a project in the Event Safety Working Group, a working group formed in partnership with the Event Safety Alliance to update chapters from the Event Safety Guide and turn them into American National Standards. As American National Standards, it will be harder for people in charge of event management to ignore their good advice with the defense “Who knew?” when things go wrong. Comments also are due before April 4. April 3 or any day earlier is fine.
BSR ES1.17, Electrical Safety & Lighting, applies to the application, assessment, and documentation of safe electrical working practices during the installation, event performance, and dismantling of event electrical systems and equipment. This includes the identification and assessment of specific event electrical hazards and the potential impacts of unsafe electrical working practices.
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