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Thread #140458 Message #3228666
Posted By: treewind
25-Sep-11 - 07:36 AM
Thread Name: Tech: PAT testing
Subject: RE: Tech: PAT testing
"a venue at which we played - a barn at a farm - insisted our equipment was PAT tested"
That's a good candidate for putting the boot on the other foot and requiring that the venue is providing a safe supply of electricity.
We've played in some terrible barns...
Most of what's been posted above makes sense. There is no hard-and-fast set of rules. Ultimately, it's down to common sense and appropriate testing methods and test intervals for the type of equipment and the way it is being used, and having it done by a "competent person". Visual checking of plugs and wires is an important part, so is knowing and understanding what you are doing.
You don't have to have a piece of paper saying you are qualified, or any kind of official certificate, but it is possible to encounter venue jobsworths who make their own rules. In those cases some kind of documentation helps, and annual testing seems to me a reasonable period - certainly one such insisted on a test within the last year.
I actually bought a Seaward PAC500 which is a simple insulation and earth continuity tester, and I test and label our PA kit once a year. I have a printed document stating what tests are done, which I can show to anyone who asks. If anyone asks if I'm qualified, I'll ask them if a degree in engineering and Electrical Sciences at Cambridge University counts...
You can buy printed test labels, though I think I'll print my own next time. I won't be breaking any laws.