ESTA and PLASA have announce the release of an International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging (ICOPER). The document, which is an outline of actions to be taken at each stage of rigging, from pre-design through removal from the venue, is available as a free download at www.esta.org/icoper or www.plasa.org/icoper. ICOPER was created to promote awareness and safety worldwide by providing a model sequence of considerations and actions. The focus is on arena rigging, however it is applicable to all event production rigging disciplines. Regulations and standards differ around the world, so ICOPER is not prescriptive. However, it provides a series of guidelines that, if followed, are expected to produce predictable results and enhance safe practice.
Throughout the south there are schools, universities and professional theatres with electrical equipment that has been submerged in flood waters from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. They're biggest question is, "What can I dry out and use, and what do I have to replace?" NEMA (the National Electrical Manufacturers Association) has a guide for this (NEMA GD 1-2016 Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment) that you can download here.
For the second year in a row, USITT is promoting rigging safety on social media by asking people to use the hashtag #RigSafe on April 29th. USITT will be promoting their Rigging Safety Initiative providing free rigging inspections and safety training for high school stages. USITT is also producing the Jay O. Glerum Rigging Masterclass in Denver this June.