PAT Testing and Portable Appliance Testing Information
When searching for a suitable mobile disco, you'll probably notice
that many (but not all) companies will make reference to their equipment
being 'PAT tested'.
Portable Appliance (or PAT) testing is a requirement that all
mobile disco companies should adhere to, by law.
It involves the testing of all electrical equipment to be used
at your event that requires a mains supply. It's generally carried
out every year and it ensures that all appliances are electrically
safe to use.
As mentioned, it is a legal requirement for the DJ to have their
equipment tested. This is to comply with the The Electricity at
Work Act 1989.
PAT tested equipment is also needed to satisfy the requirements
of the DJ's insurance company (assuming the DJ is insured!) Editors
note: See separate article on PLI
If you hire a DJ without the necessary paperwork, they
may be refused entry to your venue.
Check the Terms and Conditions in your chosen venue's contract.
For the benefit of their own insurance cover (and legal obligations),
it's possible they only allow DJs who are fully insured and hold
a valid PAT certificate.
Think of the consequences of your DJ being refused entry on your
big day... Remember, PAT testing exists for your safety. Don't simply
assume a DJ is using compliant equipment - ask to see the evidence!
PAT Testing Resources
Check out our PAT Testing directory for an appliance tester near you.
If you would like to be included in this list, please contact us.
This article has been written with the assistance of Parkfields Electronics who specialise in PAT testing of electrical equipment.
Tel: 01243 261990 · http://www.parkfieldelectronics.co.uk