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Thread #140458 Message #3229259
Posted By: Howard Jones
26-Sep-11 - 10:34 AM
Thread Name: Tech: PAT testing
Subject: RE: Tech: PAT testing
I don't agree that £1.50 an item is excessive, especially if it's split between band members and will last for at least a year and possibly more. It's just one of the overheads you have to allow for when running a business, along with third party insurance and tax.
As for mics and leads, surely there are enough stories of musicians being zapped on stage to suggest that if something goes wrong these can carry more than enough current to be a hazard.
From a venue's point of view, they want to satisfy themselves that any contractor on their premises, whether that's a builder or a band, is using equipment which is safe. They can't expect the caretaker or whoever is on duty to be able to identify all the bits of kit and know which ones might be a hazard and which ones aren't. The simplest way around this is to ask for a PAT test on everything which is going to be connected, directly or indirectly, to the mains.