The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #140458   Message #3229892
Posted By: Howard Jones
27-Sep-11 - 09:42 AM
Thread Name: Tech: PAT testing
Subject: RE: Tech: PAT testing
Yes, but it's not just about your own safety, but the safety of the venue's own employees, and the public. The venue has a legal duty to protect their health and safety too.

As I keep saying, it's not just about bands, it applies to anyone coming onto an organisation's premises to do work. All well-run organisations will have a health and safety policy, and they will apply that to anyone coming onto their premises. Why should they assume that you are responsible, intelligent and experienced, let alone have the appropriate technical competence? The best way to demonstrate these qualities is by being ready to comply with normal and reasonable requirements, just as any other business would.

In the real world, contracting companies with years of experience and global reputations are neither surprised nor offended when a client asks to see their health and safety policies, working method statements, public liability insurance and PAT test certificates. It is recognised as good practice and in the interests of promoting an attitude where safety comes first. Why should a band be excused?