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Two New ESTA Standards Published, Two Drafts in Public Review

Two new ESTA standards were approved by ANSI and published in early August 2016 at These, and all of ESTA's American National Standards are free to download, courtesy of ProSight Specialty Insurance. ESTA's Technical Standards Programme relies on donations from the entertainment industry, so, please, if you find value in the tools ESTA is offering at no cost, consider becoming an Investor in Innovation with a donation of any size at

ANSI E1.42 – 2016, Entertainment Technology – Design, Installation, and Use of Orchestra Pit Lifts

This standard covers the design, construction, operation, inspection, testing, maintenance, alteration and repair of permanently installed orchestra pit lifts and their associated parts, rooms, spaces, enclosures and hoistways, where located in a theatre or a similar place of public entertainment. It is intended to address single platform low-speed orchestra pit lifts installed in performance venues.

ANSI E1.53 – 2016, Overhead mounting of luminaires, lighting accessories, and other portable devices: specification and practice

This standard covers specifications for the primary and secondary mounting devices for portable stage and studio luminaires and accessories. It also covers these mounting devices for special effects equipment (e.g. fog machines and bubble machines) that are often mounted along with lighting equipment. The document offers guidance on how to properly affix these mounting devices.

Two draft standards were offered for public comment at Instructions on how to comment are available, along with the review forms and the draft standards. The public reviews are over at the end of the day on 26 September. Submit comments to before 27th September 2016.

BSR E1.4-3 – 20xx, Entertainment Technology – Manually Operated Hoist Rigging Systems

This standard applies to permanently installed, human-powered manually operated hoists used as part of rigging systems for raising, lowering, and suspension of scenery, properties, lighting, and similar loads. This standard intends to establish requirements for the design, manufacture, installation, inspection, and maintenance of manual hoist systems for lifting and suspension of loads for performance, presentation, and theatrical production.

BSR E1.47 – 20xx, Entertainment Technology – Recommended Guidelines for Entertainment Rigging System Inspections

These guidelines include recommended inspector qualifications and responsibilities, scope and frequency of inspections, content of the rigging inspection report, and related information concerning the inspection process. Consensus on this document has been achieved, but one change is needed to bring clause 5.1.6 into compliance with the ANSI requirements for commercial terms and conditions in American National Standards.

10th August 2016

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