The Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) announces that the draft American National Standard BSR E1.13, Entertainment Technology-Design, Installation, Inspection, and Maintenance of Permanently Installed Hoisting Equipment for Overhead Suspensionof Scoreboards, and Video, Lighting, and Audio Equipment in Sporting Facilities, is available for public review until April 11, 2000. All persons and organizations with an interest in the safe suspension of scoreboards and entertainment lighting, video, and sound equipment in sporting facilities are invited to review it and to offer comments.

BSR E1.13, Entertainment Technology-Design, Installation, Inspection, and Maintenance of Permanently Installed Hoisting Equipment for Overhead Suspension of Scoreboards, and Video, Lighting, and Audio Equipment in Sporting Facilities encompasses the design, manufacture, installation, inspection, and maintenance of permanently installed hoisting equipment. It applies only to the hoisting system, and does not apply to the building structure intended for the attachment of the hoisting equipment, attachment of the hoisting system to the building structure, or suspended loads not a part of the hoisting system. The draft standard is designed to provide for the protection of life, limb, and property by prescribing safety requirements, provide direction to owners, employers, supervisors, and others concerned with, or responsible for, its application; and guide governments and other regulatory bodies in the development, promulgation, and enforcement of appropriate safety directives.

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, ESTA, 875 Sixth Avenue, Suite 2302, New York, NY 10001; fax: (212) 244-1502; email: standards@esta.org

The standard is a project of the Rigging 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 rigging in entertainment venues, and who are willing to actively participate in the group's projects.