BSR E.19, Recommended Practice for the use of Class A Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) intended for personnel protection in the Entertainment Industry, is available for public review. The draft standard gives advice on where, when, and how to use GFCIs rated for 100A and less in the entertainment industry. These devices are used for personnel protection in entertainment applications encompassing places of assembly, the production of film, video and broadcast, theatrical productions, carnivals, circuses, fairs and similar events in North America.

The official ANSI 45-day public review period starts on May 26, but the draft standard is available now by clicking here. The public review runs through July 10, 2006.

Reviewers are asked to look for protected intellectual property in the draft standard. ESTA does not warrant that its standards do not contain protected intellectual property, but it is ESTA's intention not to adopt any standard that requires the use of protected intellectual property, unless that property is required for technical reasons and can be licensed and used by anyone without prejudice or preference for a reasonable fee. Any protected intellectual property in the document should be pointed out in the comments.

BSR E1.19 is a project of the Electrical Power Working Group, which is seeking voting members in the interest categories of Dealer/Rental Company and User. Parties that sell or rent power distribution equipment, or that use this equipment, and that are willing to attend meetings regularly to work on standards related to the use of electrical power distribution products, are invited to join the working group.

Membership in ESTA is not a requirement. The general purpose working group membership application is available from the at ESTA website. Working group meetings are held in January and July at a hotel near the Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport and at the LDI and USITT trade shows.