Portable Appliance Testing (PAT Testing) - For Djs & Bands
Quoting the IET Code of Practice:
The electricity at work regulations require it in regulation 4(2).
When Swift PAT carry out a PAT test on a appliance it is in 3 steps.
* User check
This informs the use or any potential danger signs, and an appliance can fail on this check i.e. a frayed cable can be marked as not safe to use.
* Formal visual Inspection
This is a simple process of visually inspection all of the appliance, cable and plug for obvious faults, including the fuse and wiring of the plug should be tested.
* Combined Inspections and PAT testing
This is the main test, that involves the PAT testing equipment. This determines if the device is electrically safe to use on the class of construction i.e Class 1, Class 2 and so forth.
DJ Portable Appliance Testing (PAT Testing) Explained
Portable Appliance Testing, or PAT testing as it is commonly known, is a legal requirement
(Electricity at Work Act 1989 ) for businesses taking electrical equipment into third party premises. Certification is required from a registered electrical PAT testing company to confirm that all items of electrical equipment, including cables, that require a mains electricity supply have been tested for safety and labelled accordingly.
PAT testing is generally carried out annually.
DJs will usually have a wide variety of equipment that requires PAT testing, including CD players, radio receivers, mixers, speakers, computers, lighting, TVs, extension cables and so on.
It is important to be aware that some venues insist that DJs entering their premises have PAT certification for all of their equipment. Some will refuse access should certification not be shown upon arrival. This can obviously be very embarrassing and can easily ruin a planned event if this requirement is not checked beforehand.
Always check that your DJ has their equipment PAT tested annually and carries up-to-date certification with them. This will ensure their access to your venue is not refused and that their equipment is certified as safe to use.
PAT testing is generally also required to ensure that the conditions of a DJ's insurance provider are met.