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Theater Safety Standards

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Theater Safety Standards

December 10, 2018
mike@standardsmichigan.com
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The Old Globe theatre — a print of the original theatre in London. Created in 1642 by Wenceslas Hollar for his Long View of London

Significant resources of the education industry are devoted to the arts; dramatic and performance arts among them.   The Entertainment Services and Technology Association is one of the first names in trade associations that supports the business of show business through networking, safe practices, education, and representation.  We follow the standards making activity of its technical committees and monitor public commenting opportunities at the link below:

 ESTA Public Review Drafts

A number of redlines have been released and summarized below:

E1.48 A Recommended Luminous Efficiency Function for Stage and Studio Luminaire Photometry

E1.20 Entertainment Technology — Remote Device Management over USITT DMX512 Networks

E1.34 Entertainment Technology – Measuring and Specifying the Slipperiness of Floors Used in Live Performance Venues

E1.62 Minimum specifications for mass-produced portable platforms, ramps, stairs, and choral risers for live performance events

Comments are due December 18th.  We encourage our colleagues with responsibilities for the safety and sustainability of cultural resource properties, media centers, performance venues and the like to participate in the ESTA technical standards development program.  You may communicate with them directly at the link below:

TSP Staff 

The growth of multi-media facilities with concentrated electrotechnology, as well as the demand for entertainment content globally, is gathering pace so we devote an hour every month to review the standards action.  Use the login credentials at the upper right of our home page on December 20th, 11 AM to join us.

University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts

Issue: [16-88]

Category: Electrical, Arts & Entertainment Facilities

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Mike Hiler, Nehad El-Sherif, Mark Scott

 


Posted October 19, 2018

“Le Chahut” | Georges Seurat (1889)

Significant resources of the education industry are devoted to the arts; dramatic and performance arts among them.   The Entertainment Services and Technology Association is one of the first names in trade associations that supports the business of show business through networking, safe practices, education, and representation.   We follow the standards making activity of its technical committees; among them the ESTA Electrical Power Working Group which met at its annual meeting last month at the Dallas-Fort Worth Marriott.  Minutes from the last meeting are posted below:

Electrical Power Group Minutes

Some safety and sustainability concepts that track in the ESTA suite track in the the leading practice discussions of 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC) making panels; Code Making Panel 15 specifically:

Article 518 (Assembly Occupancies).  Except for the assembly occupancies explicitly covered by Article 520, this article covers all buildings or portions of buildings or structures designed or intended for the gathering together of 100 or more persons for such purposes as deliberation, worship, entertainment, eating, drinking, amusement, awaiting transportation, or similar purposes.

Article 520 (Theaters, Areas of Motion Picture and Television Studios, Performance Areas and Similar Locations.  This article covers all building or that part of a building or structure, indoor or outdoor, designed or used for presentation, dramatic, motion picture projection, or similar purposes and to specific audience seating areas within motion picture or television studios.

Public input for these two NEC articles begins on Page 112 of this linked document:

70_A2019_NEC_P15_FD_PISubmittals-2.  

The full report on the CMP-15 committee actions are available in the link below:

NFPA 70 CMP-15 First Revisions Report

All ESTA and NFPA codes and standards are on the standing agenda of our weekly Open Door teleconferences (every Wednesday, 11 AM Eastern time) which are open to everyone and accessible at this link (Standards Michigan Open Door Teleconference Login Information).  We also coordinate our responses to all NFPA fire safety and electrotechnology documents with IEEE Standards and Codes Committee 18 and the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee.

Ahead of the NEC Second Draft Report meetings in San Dieigo, a special breakout session with IEEE SCC-18 is set for October 19th,  1:00 PM EDT.   to review all comments from the user-interest point of view.   You may communicate directly with Mike Anthony or Christel Hunter for login credentials to participate.

Issue: [Various]

Category: Electrical, Telecommunications, Fire Protection, Arts & Entertainment Facilities, Lecture Halls

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Jim HarveyChristel Hunter, Nehad El-Sherif


April 29, 2018

Globe Theater | Southern Utah UniversityThe Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA — formerly PLASA) has released for public review the consensus standards listed below:

E1.1-201x, Entertainment Technology – Construction and Use of Wire Rope Ladders  This standard describes the construction and use of wire rope ladders in the entertainment industry in order to promote worker safety. The entertainment industry includes, but is not strictly limited to, musical productions, live concerts, live theater, film production, video production, corporate events, and trade shows. Wire rope ladders are used where ladders with rigid rails are impractical to use or would pose a greater danger. It is being revised to update and incorporate referenced standards. Commenting period open until April 30th.

ES1.19, Safety Requirements for Special Event Structures.  This document is one part of a larger suite of ES1 standards relating to special event safety being developed. This draft standard covers any temporary structure used for special events (e.g., concerts, award shows, dramatic plays) not otherwise addressed by existing standards, codes, or legislation. The purpose of this document is to identify design, fabrication, operation and use, inspection and maintenance requirements for the structures included in its scope.  Commenting period open until April 10th.

E1.46-201x, Standard for the Prevention of Falls from Theatrical Stages and Raised Performance Platforms.  The users of theatrical stages and raised platforms can suffer debilitating injuries from falls into orchestra pits, open stage lifts, and similar openings in stage floors. Health and safety regulations require action to prevent these falls, but offer little guidance that is suitable for theatrical environments. This document provides that guidance. The consensus body has decided to revise the existing ANSI E1.46 – 2016 standard due to recent changes in 29 CFR 1910 subpart D.  Commenting period open until March 12th.

E1.6-1, Entertainment Technology – Powered Hoist Systems.  This standard establishes requirements for the design, manufacture, installation, inspection, and maintenance of powered hoist systems for lifting and suspension of loads for performance, presentation, and theatrical production. This standard does not apply to the structure to which the hoist is attached, attachment of loads to the load carrying device, systems for flying people, welded link chain hoists, and manually powered hoists.  Commenting period open until February 20th.

E1.4-3 – 201x, 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 establishes 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.   Commenting period open until January 16th.

Review copies are free at this link:  ESTA Public Review Drafts.  Order from: Karl Ruling, (212) 244-1505, standards@esta.org.   Send comments to Karl Ruling, (212) 244-1505 (with copy to psa@ansi.org).

Issue: [16-88]

Category: Electrical, Arts & Entertainment Facilities

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Nehad El-Sherif

 


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