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BS 7909 is the Code of Practice for temporary electrical systems for entertainment and related purposes. It has been developed to ensure that all temporary electrical systems are safe for use before being put into service, although it has been around for several years it is relevant that event suppliers and organisers adhere to it this is to show that their electrical system complies with the British Standard.
A simple event, such as a DJ or function band playing at an event the compliance with BS7909 should be quite straight forward. Requiring just a few simple electrical tests with evidence of formal inspection & testing of electrical equipment being available, however BS 7909 becomes more in depth as the complexity of the electrical system increases.
- Small and Simple Systems are anything under 6kw and cover simple applications such as small event or setting up a stage/Pop up stand with a small PA & Lighting where the power source is taken from existing socket outlets and not outdoors. In this case the SRP will need to verify that all equipment is in good order, has been PAT tested and that the supply in use has been verified.
- Large and Complex Systems covers everything else, ranges from utilizing a small single generator setup or simply running an extension lead outside from a building to large festival events utilizing multiple generators and distribution units in this case the SPR must be qualified so as to assess the additional risks and put in suitable protection methods.
Although you don’t necessarily require a fully approved Electrician to sign off your event you are required to appoint a suitably qualified (Competent) person to oversee the electrical system, This person is known as the SPR (Senior Person Responsible) Testing is a major part of BS7909 many electricians may lack the experience within the events industry and may not be deemed competent to undertake this scope of work.
We have been involved in the event’s industry for over 25 years our electricians are fully trained to the latest standards to test your system and provide certification to verify compliance with BS7909.
The BS 7909 Standard is there to help ensure that your electrical system is safe for use. It shouldn’t be seen as another ‘Hurdle in event planning” and should be welcomed by event planners and production manager’s who want provide the best and the safest customer experience possible!