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.
The 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.
The 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.