PAT Testing solutions for the
Solo Artist or Entertainer
The entertainment industry
can pose its own particular set of challenges due to the
fact that frequently equipment has to moved, transported and
stored in a variety of conditions and environments. Many items going through a
rapid change from cold to extremely high temperatures in operation. There is
also the frequent assembly and disassembly of connectors and plugs and cables
that frequently are walked on or held in place with "Gaffa Tape" or cable ties.
The additional stress that this alone can
put on equipment poses a very real danger if not correctly maintained. Add to
this though the fact that for most of it's time it is also used in situations
where there is also a risk of Impact damage, liquid spills and a whole host of
other risks and you could be forgiven for thinking that the above was describing
a building or construction site!
Then take the above, place it in someone
else's property, add a good helping of members of the general public, reduce the
ambient light level and add a good measure of alcohol!!!!
I think it is very very clear from the above
that poorly maintained electrical equipment repeatedly used in this situation is
a recipe for disaster.
Also It is fast becoming normal practise now
for Venues to require proof that an Entertainer, Band, Group or Disco operator have
their equipment tested and maintained on a regular basis prior to an event.
We appreciate that for a sole trader or self
employed person being able to work unhindered is of paramount importance. Time
spent not working is money lost. You are your own boss after all. There are a great many other things to worry
about and PAT testing is very seldom at the front of the list. Many choose not
to test because of the High prices charged by some of our competitors. Others
are simply not aware of the requirement to do so. The simple fact is that
legislation exists which places a "Duty of Care" on all business's including the
self employed to ensure that electrical appliances used are maintained in a safe
condition so as not to cause danger -
This Legislation is not optional
and has to be complied with regardless of time or costs involved.
We have always appreciated the above and for
this reason we have ensured that we offer a range of cost effective solutions
that will encourage those who are self employed that have previously not carried
out PAT testing due to financial reasons to do so in the future.
For many people working in this part of the
Entertainment industry it is often a business that is carried out in spare time
or to supplement a normal daily job and there never seem to be
enough hours in the day in order to complete everything that needs to be done.
Evenings, weekends all seem to be swallowed up to ensure the future success of
your venture. PAT testing for many appears to be just another task on the list,
it will get done but just not at the moment as there is not enough time to do
so. It is important to remember though that the equipment and appliances you use
daily are after all the "Tools of your trade" without them you run the risks of
financial loss but more importantly are the risks associated with poorly
maintained or faulty electrical appliances. Add to this the fact that possibly
these are also being used often on other peoples property or with other people
nearby and the Dangers and Risks are all to clear to see.
This is where we are able to help by
providing a specialised service that is able to take this task on board for you
thus, freeing up your time. We do not diversify our operations or services as some of
our competitors but rather we prefer to concentrate and focus 100% on providing
the best possible PAT testing solution for you and your business needs.
For many self employed entertainers we
find that one of our "All-inclusive" PAT testing solutions will meet their
requirements. Costs for this can typically be as low as £40 - £50 per year to
cover all of your electrical appliances. Compare this to the costs that can
be incurred following an incident where PAT testing had not been undertaken and
you can see that this is a very worthwhile solution. Indeed many Business
insurance providers are now insisting that PAT testing is carried out as part of
their terms of cover. It is well worth checking this as all to often the small
print of a policy can be overlooked.
Our experience in working with this industry
helps to ensure that nothing is overlooked or missed. We are able to fully test
all the various specialised connectors, audio, visual, lighting and effects
units currently in use.
Wherever possible we aim to provide a
service that will have minimal impact or disruption to you. We appreciate the
fact that you cannot afford to spend hour after hour as someone tests and
inspects your equipment so, frequently we are able to, and do perform testing
either "On-Site" or at a particular place of work. There is normally no
additional charge for this and where possible we will gladly complete this to
ensure any disruption is kept to an absolute minimum for you. In some cases we
can provide this service at very short notice but we would always ask that
wherever possible you provide as much notice as possible.
We strive to work very closely with all of
our current and prospective clients to continually ensure that we deliver the
best possible service that they have come to expect from us and continue to meet
their ever changing requirements. We realise that PAT testing solutions need to
be dynamic and have the ability to grow and change along with the business and
it is here where our specialised experience comes into effect.
Utilising the very latest, "Cutting edge" computerised
testing equipment we are able to offer a competent, fast and efficient service
to all our clients. In many cases the information and results captured from your
appliances whilst under test can be sent back to our office electronically
before leaving your premises. This ensures that the results can be quickly
analysed and ensures that there is minimal delay in producing Certification and
or your Equipment Register Documents etc.
Accurate record keeping is a very important
part of the whole PAT testing process. You will be provided with all required
Documentation on completion of the agreed testing schedule and we will keep
copies of all relevant results for a minimum period of 5 Years. Copies of this
information can be made available on request. We are also able to provide this
information in a variety of different computerised or electronic formats to
enable you to also use it to help in maintaining an asset register for insurance
of other purposes.
The use of modern technology not only
improves the speed and accuracy of the whole PAT testing process for you but
more importantly improves the ability for us to be able to instantly compare
results of tests during return or future visits to your business appliances this
can quickly identify any potential problems or risks before they occur. Thus,
this in turn leads to a safer work place for Self employed and employers alike.
We all accept without question that the vehicles we drive require an annual MOT
test after a certain age so why should we not adopt the same way of thinking
when it comes down to the electrical equipment we also use on a daily basis as
part of our work…………
PAT Testing is a simple process that has been
adopted to help both the self employed and employers alike whilst helping to aid
compliance with the relevant Health & Safety regulations and statistically speaking since the introduction and wider use of PAT testing in
business's there has been a steady reduction in the number or accidents and
injuries in the workplace. We all have a duty to ensure that this trend
continues to reduce year-on-year.
Please contact us using the information on
page of this website to find out more of how we can
tailor make a solution to meet your needs or to be able to discuss and
requirements or questions you may have.
YOUR SAFETY IS OUR CONCERN