In a recent
paper presented to the ABTT, the HSE set out a number of guidelines concerning
one of the key issues - the frequency of inspection and testing. As
a general guide, it was stated that testing should be carried out at least once
a year but more onerous conditions will demand more frequent inspection and testing.
Theatre owns about 60 lanterns of various types (excluding battens which may be
regarded as 'installed'). Given the rigorous environment and the way the equipment
is used i.e. moved around frequently, it was considered appropriate that testing
should be carried out once a year and a visual inspection be made as frequently
as is practicable.
Barn Theatre Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) policy is therefore set out below.
The Theatre's portable stage lighting equipment is to be inspected and subject
to the appropriate tests in accordance with the relevant HSE guides concerning
the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, every 12 months, normally in the Theatre
maintenance period in July. The equipment is to be inspected visually once during
the year, normally at the conclusion of the winter productions. A record showing
the date each equipment was inspected and tested is to be maintained and available
for inspection when required. Labelling of the equipment is not required but each
should be capable of identification e.g. numbered.