What is this PAT testing all about ?
* Portable Appliance Test.
It's to do with Health & Safety and Insurance essentially. If you go into a Hall, Hotel, Boat, . . . basically anywhere that is ‘Accepting Responsibility’ for you on their premises and are duty bound to ensure you have suitable certification.
If you have a faulty piece of equipment, and it goes terribly wrong and starts a fire, or takes out the electrical circuit in the room / floor, or if it injures a guest or member of staff. Then ‘The venue’ are held responsible. (However you are ultimately responsible though, don’t forget that !) But if an insurance claim is made against the venue, then you and you’re gear must be safe and of a certain standard, therefore, it must have a current P.A.T.* Certificate.
It is better to be safe than sorry, because of recent legislation the manager of the venue will refuse to set up , and in some cases would even refuse you admission into the gig. (It’s happening more and more !!)
From Council Halls to 5 Star hotels everyone wants, and needs to see, your certification before you start.