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Public Comment Period Open for Five ESTA Draft Standards

Five Technical Standards Program draft standards are newly posted for public comment. These documents are all up for reaffirmation by their respective working groups, meaning they have been published for as long as five years and the consensus body is considering republishing them with no substantive changes. Comments on the draft standards will be accepted through the end of the day on 3 April 2017. Download the documents, review instructions, and review forms at

BSR E1.1 - 2012 (R201x), Entertainment Technology – Construction and Use of Wire Rope Ladders

The Rigging Working Group is considering E1.1 - 2012 for reaffirmation. The standard describes the construction and use of wire rope ladders in the entertainment industry in order to promote worker safety. Wire rope ladders are used where ladders with rigid rails are impractical to use or would pose a greater danger.

BSR E1.8 - 2012 (R201x), Entertainment Technology – Loudspeaker Enclosures Intended for Overhead Suspension--Classification, Manufacture and Structural Testing

The Rigging Working Group is considering E1.8 - 2012 for reaffirmation. It is a standard for the structural integrity of loudspeaker enclosures that are suspended overhead. It is designed to ensure that flown speaker enclosures don't break and drop debris. It does not address requirements for sound reproduction.

BSR E1.16 - 2002 (R201x), Entertainment Technology – Configuration Standard for Metal-Halide Ballast Power Cables

The Electrical Power Working Group is considering ANSI E1.16 - 2002 (R2012) for reaffirmation. This standard describes a standard practice for grounding contact assignment for detachable power cables on 6kW, 12kW and 18kW metal-halide lamp ballasts used in the motion picture and television industries on portable studio luminaires that use the MIL-C-5015 connector with #28-6 insert configuration on the ballast end of the power cable.

BSR E1.32 - 2012 (R201x), Guide for the Inspection of Entertainment Industry Incandescent Lamp Luminaires

The Electrical Power Working Group is considering ANSI E1.32 – 2012 for reaffirmation. E1.32 provides guidance in the inspection of stage and studio luminaires that use incandescent sources and that are used in the entertainment industry. The inspection is to evaluate their safety and any needed maintenance. The information contained in this document is intended to supplement the information contained in manufacturers’ maintenance instructions.

BSR E1.37-1 - 2012 (R201x), Additional Message Sets for ANSI E1.20 (RDM) – Part 1, Dimmer Message Sets

The Control Protocols Working Group is considering E1.37-1 - 2012, Additional Message Sets for ANSI E1.20 (RDM) – Part 1, for reaffirmation. It provides additional RDM get/set parameter messages (PIDs). Most of the messages in this document are intended for use with entertainment lighting dimming systems. These additional messages allow access to configuration parameters commonly found in many theatrical dimming systems.

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7th February 2017

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