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Workshop 01 June 2024

Free Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) Swindon

Open to MU members in the Wales and South-West England Region only, this is an opportunity to ensure that your equipment is safe and you are able to provide assurances for your insurance, venues and bookers.

A tiny guitar amp sits on sand with the sun setting behind it.
Date Saturday, 1 June 2024
Time 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location Swindon
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A tiny guitar amp sits on sand with the sun setting behind it.

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St Margaret's Centre, Stratton, Swindon, SN3 4NY.

About the event

There is often misunderstanding around PAT testing and the statement that it is not a legal requirement. Whilst PAT testing is not a legal requirement, currently the only way it’s possible to demonstrate due diligence and satisfy all regulation requirements and insurance needs is to have proof that the electrical equipment being used is safe and fit for purpose.

When a venue asks for proof you will need to provide it. PAT testing will ensure your equipment and power leads are safe and is the easiest way to ensure compliance with the 'Electricity at Work Regulations'. It satisfies public liability insurance requirements where compliance with such statutory regulations and safety legislation is required and provides you with peace of mind. Learn more about PAT testing.

In addition to public liability insurance, venues increasingly want to see valid PAT certificates for electrical equipment used by musicians including but not limited to amplifiers, keyboards, PA systems, mixing desks etc. in advance of the performance.

Important things to note

This free event will enable you to bring up to six individual, music related, portable electrical items for testing, where you will be given stickers and official certificates by qualified tester Mike Nottage. Please submit a list of the items when booking.

If an item uses a IEC/kettle lead then together they are classed as one item (please bring both items and remember to match the correct lead with the appliance as the fuse ratings may be different from item to item). Any extra leads will be counted as one item.

If you have more than six items for testing, please let us know and if capacity allows we may be able to include them. If you have any questions or are unsure about any of the above, please get in touch via and we will be happy to assist.

Time slots 

Individual slots will be available for 30 minutes. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your allotted time so you can unload all your items into the venue ready to be tested. This will help to ensure the unloading process doesn’t impinge on your allotted time and potentially reduce the number of items that can be tested.

Please note that there are only nine slots available to book - bookings will remain open as long as space remains available.

Free parking is available at the venue.

How to attend

To book a slot, email with a list of the items required to be tested. Slots will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If you would like to request a specific time, please indicate this in your email and we will do our best to accommodate your request. 


The MU makes every effort to ensure that all events we organise are accessible to everyone who would like to attend. We want to provide equal access to our events for all of our members. If you have any access requirements you would like us to be aware of, please contact the regional office on 029 2045 6585 or via at least one week ahead of the event to discuss what you need.

If you have booked a ticket for a personal assistant/support worker to be with you during an event, please let us know so we can make sure your seats are allocated together.

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Mike Nottage

Mike Nottage is a long-standing MU member whose portfolio music career includes stage management (IOSH accredited Creative Industries Safety Passport), instrument repair technician and City and Guilds qualified PAT tester (2377-701 in service inspection and testing of electrical equipment 5th edition). This sits alongside his life as a gigging saxophone player in various bands in the southwest including the lively 8 piece function band The Harry Peanut Show. Mike’s experience in large scale stage management and gigging in grass roots music venues provides insight into the needs and requirements of venues, musicians and regulations relating to electrical equipment. In addition to the appliance testing provided on the day Mike will be happy to answer questions and provide advice if required.

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