At its meeting on Saturday, November 17, 2007, the Fog & Smoke Working

Group voted to start the process of reaffirming ANSI E1.5 - 2003, Entertainment Technology—Theatrical Fog Made with Aqueous Solutions of Di-and Trihydric Alcohols. The standard describes the composition of theatrical fogs or artificial mists that are not likely to be harmful to healthy performers, technicians, or audience members of normal working age, which is 18 to 64 years of age, inclusive. It is limited to those fogs and mists made from a solution of water and one or more dihydric or trihydric alcohols (i.e., glycol or glycerin) and is intended to be applied in theatres, arenas, and other places of entertainment or public assembly. The current standard is available for free download on the ESTA website.

No changes are planned at this time for the document, but the reaffirmation is a project, and ANSI requires that the start of any project be announced so that parties who might be affected can comment or become involved if they wish. Therefore, any parties who would be materially affected by the reaffirmation of this standard (e.g., performers, technicians, audience members, fog effects designers, fog equipment manufacturers, production companies) are invited to join the Fog & Smoke Working Group to work on the reaffirmation of this standard.

Information about joining working groups and the working group membership application form are also available on the working group page of the ESTA website. Also, any parties who wish to comment on this reaffirmation or to object to the reaffirmation of this standard, because it is unnecessary or because it conflicts with another American National Standard, are invited to send their comments or objections in writing to the Technical Standards Manager at mailto:standards@esta.org.

The deadline for comments is 30 days after the publication of the Project Initiation Notification in ANSI's Standards Action, which would be January 13, 2008, if the publication is on December 14, as expected.

For more information, please contact:

Karl G. Ruling
Technical Standards Manager, ESTA
875 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1005
New York, NY 10001
1-212-244-1505
Fax 1-212-244-1502