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1) Why do we need our technical theatre equipment serviced and maintained regularly?

2) We have equipment that is used for lifting or lowering performance equipment. Does this need to be tested and how often?

3) We have fixed equipment overhead on our stage - does this have to be inspected?

4) Why do I have to have technical equipment PAT (Portable Appliance Test) Tested?

5) How often do I need to PAT Test?

6) Can my normal PAT testing company test this specialist equipment?

7) Why do I need my performance lighting system electrically tested?

8) How often do I need to have the performance electrical system tested?

9) Are there any savings to be made if I have one company do all of this?

 

 

1) Why do we need our technical theatre equipment serviced and maintained regularly?
Planned maintenance visits to service and check the operational status of lighting, sound and mechanical equipment when there is no pressure of an impending performance can save time and money and will give peace of mind.

2) We have equipment that is used for lifting or lowering performance equipment. Does this need to be tested and how often?
All lifting equipment needs to be inspected. The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998 cover any equipment that is used at work for lifting or lowering loads. They stipulate that a number of criteria must be met including a minimum of an annual inspection by a competent person. The regulations also include all of the lifting accessories and any attachments used for supporting it. *

3) We have fixed equipment overhead on our stage - does this have to be inspected?
Yes under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) this equipment also needs to be maintained in a suitable condition for use and inspected by a competent person with records kept. **

4) Why do I have to have technical equipment PAT (Portable Appliance Test) Tested?
The law states that all electrical equipment has to be maintained. A good way to do this is by having a regular equipment inspection and a PAT testing programme set up which demonstrates that equipment has been inspected & electrically checked to show it is safe.

5) How often do I need to PAT Test?
There is no definitive statement about this and most often it is suggested that the interval between inspection and testing should be determined by a risk assessment. Given the relatively high risk nature of the equipment in a performing arts space, we recommend that technical equipment should be inspected & tested annually

6) Can my normal PAT testing company test this specialist equipment?
The equipment used to make the test is exactly the same, however the risks in a theatre or performance environment are clearly greater and more specialist than the low risk office or classroom environment that most other PAT testing is designed for. It is important that an experienced person visually inspects and tests specialist equipment, 90% of faults are picked up in the visual inspection and this is often best left to a specialist company. In addition as specialists we will be able to report on what has failed and what needs to happen to make it pass the test.

7) Why do I need my performance lighting system electrically tested?
Electrical installations should have a valid electrical installation condition report in accordance with BS7671 and be periodically inspected. Guidance suggests that systems used for entertainment and performance have a regular testing programme.

8) How often do I need to have the performance electrical system tested?
Best practice within the entertainment industry advises that a periodic inspection should be approximately every 12 months. Licensing authorities, education authorities and insurance companies often stipulate how often they want a new periodic inspection certificate; this period is commonly 12 months.

9) Are there any savings to be made if I have one company do all of this?
Stage Electrics is able to offer tailored annual packages to suit all customers, a combined annual package can offer significant discounts and additional benefits on the price of individual elements. Annual cover offers the peace of mind that all the necessary statutory and licensing requirements, training and maintenance will be dealt with.



* Simple guide to the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.
** Simple Guide to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.


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