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Thread #140458 Message #3229129
Posted By: Howard Jones
26-Sep-11 - 06:48 AM
Thread Name: Tech: PAT testing
Subject: RE: Tech: PAT testing
There's no way a PAT test should cost £25 per item - a quick google for between 100-150 items shows prices of around £1.50 + VAT per item.
As for "unnecessary", if an item is connected to something running off the mains and is carrying a current, then it should arguably be tested. I can certainly understand a local authority erring on the side of caution and demanding that everything is tested - it's easy enough to check whether everything has been PAT tested rather than the caretaker having to make a decision on the night (which he's probably not qualified to take) on whether indivdual items should have a certificate or not.
Besides, the band should be checking this stuff anyway, not just because a venue has demanded to see the paperwork.
Richard, I'm sure that in your solicitor's practice you make sure that all the electrical equipment is tested at appropriate intervals. Why should a band be any different, especially as the risk is possibly higher?