The Entertainment Services and Technology Association has announced that the draft American National Standard BSR E1.14, Entertainment Technology-Recommendations for Inclusions in Fog Machine Manuals, is available for public review until March 14.

All persons and organizations with an interest in fog machines or fog machine manuals are invited to review it and to offer comments.

BSR E1.14, Entertainment Technology-Recommendations for Inclusions in Fog Machine Manuals, applies to the instruction manuals for fog machines manufactured for use in the entertainment industry. In order for a user of these machines to safely and effectively make and use fog, the user must have some general knowledge of the fog-making technology, have a clear understanding of how to operate the fog-making system, and be aware of the potential hazards related to the use of fog, particularly the hazards related to the fog system he or she is using. This draft standard describes what information should be included in fog machine manuals to help ensure that the user has this specialized knowledge.

The standard is a project of the Fog and Smoke Working Group, part of the ANSI-accredited standards committee E1, Safety and Compatibility of Entertainment Technical Equipment and Practices. The Entertainment Services and Technology Association is the secretariat for accredited standards committee E1, and provides administrative support to the committee. Membership in the working group is open to all who are affected by standards-making in the area of fog and smoke effects in entertainment venues, and who are willing to actively participate in the group's projects. Public review and comment is being sought so that the draft standard may reflect the consensus of informed opinion in the industry. A copy of the above standard may be obtained from the ESTA website at http://www .esta.org/tsp/ or by writing to: Technical Standards Manager, Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) 875 Sixth Avenue, Suite 2302, New York, NY 10001; fax: (212) 244-1502; email: standards@esta.org