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Thread #140458   Message #3229858
Posted By: Howard Jones
27-Sep-11 - 08:22 AM
Thread Name: Tech: PAT testing
Subject: RE: Tech: PAT testing
What you have to bear in mind is that the rules would have been intended to cover all electrical items, not just audio equipment. Whilst it may be pointless to test mics and cables, the same may not apply to other pieces of equipment used for entirely different purposes.

It is necessary to distinguish between legal obligations for electrical safety and the venue's own policies. Under the former, it is necessary to check and test electrical equipment - a PAT test is not a legal necessity but it is evidence that this has been done.

In recording studio or an auditorium with a fixed PA it would be entirely reasonable for someone who knows and understand the equipment and potential risks to decide that mics and cables don't need to be tested.

A venue, however, has to have a general policy which can be applied to anyone bringing electrical equipment of any kind onto its premises. This needs to be something which can be applied simply and easily and which can be done by someone with no electrical training - it then becomes simply a clerical exercise requiring no technical knowledge or judgement. Demanding PAT tests on everything may be pointless but meets these objectives.

The alternative might be that a venue would demand that the equipment be checked by its own electrician. I think this would generate far more complaints.