…it’s always a good idea just to check that your current contractors are doing what you think they are – here are just two situations that we came across where the school thought they had everything covered.
School 1 were completely on top of all their inspection and testing responsibilities – they had contractors doing their electrical inspections, and their insurers were looking after their LOLER inspections. They had everything covered.
Until one day, we were working in their theatre space, and we asked to have a look at the LOLER certificate for a winch just to check something. It turned out that the insurers were looking at the lifting equipment, but just from their point of view as insurers. They weren’t doing a thorough examination, or producing any certificates.
School 2 had an electrical contractor who did all the PAT testing for the whole school – or so they thought.
When we came in to install some new stage lighting, we could see that the lighting already up there was covered in dust and had clearly not been tested for some time.
When the school spoke to their electricians, they found out that they weren’t testing anything that was above head height!
If you’ve already got all your testing in place, here are a couple of things that we come across quite often in schools – it’s worth taking half an hour just to check that none of these apply to you.
- If your insurer is inspecting your lifting equipment:
- Make sure that they are doing a Thorough Examination under the LOLER regulations
- Make sure that they issue you with a LOLER certificate.
- If you have a company doing your PAT testing:
- make sure that they have included anything that is above head height
- make sure they have tested anything that doesn’t have a standard (13 amp) plug on it
- If you have an electrical contractor doing your fixed wiring inspections:
- Make sure they have included all the stage lighting circuits
- Make sure they have tested any dimmers
If you’re not sure, need a second opinion, or want to check that what you’ve currently got is right, then get in touch and talk to one of our engineers today.