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PAT testing

Discussion in 'PAT Testing Forum' started by mattcpc, Feb 20, 2012.

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  1. mattcpc
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    Hi all,
    Can anybody give me some advice on PAT testing. I run an AV department at a conferance venue none of the equipment is used by customers however there is alot of electrical equipment does all of it need testing??
    thanks

    matt
     
  2. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Trusted Advisor

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    your obligation is to ensure that the equipment is safe to use. PAT testing is one way of doing this.
     
  3. polo1
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    polo1 Electrician's Arms

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    You/your employer has a responsibility under the EAWR to ensure that equipment is safe to use. As per telectrix's post, "portable" appliance testing is the generally accepted way of achieving compliance (assuming of course you follow the appropriate Code of Practice

    The CoP is well worth buying and provides you with all you need to know. Depending upon the amount of equipment you have it may be worth puting someone through the relevant C&G qualifications and purchase a simple tester.

    All of that said, a visual inspection regime in the meantime (and recording same) is worth a lot, especially of power cords, plugs etc
     
  4. SirKit Breaker
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    Tel and others are correct. All electrical equipment needs some sort of maintenance to ensure it is safe for continued use, and that means ALL. It is irrelevant as to who is using it. You do need to get the code of practice for In Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical equipment, and do the course as well. There is more to Pat testing than just plugging it in and pressing a button. If something goes wrong, and injury follows or worse, then there is going to be some very interesting visit's from bodies that you would rather not meet, accompanied by some serious fines, and possibly all inclusive stays in one of Her Majesties finest Holiday homes. I also doubt that your insurer would find it funny. And as with all these things, Ignorance is not an acceptable excuse in a court of law.

    Cheers.........Howard
     
  5. Adam W
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    Adam W Electrician's Arms

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    As mentioned you just need to ensure that the equipment is 'safe to use' - the gist of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (the law) is that it must be up to the job, and should be regularly inspected as part of a system of preventative maintenance.

    While "PAT testing" may not strictly be necessary (although may be stipulated by the insurance company) you could do a lot worse than instigating a system of regularly checking the condition of flexes, plugs, casing, general condition including signs of overheating, broken parts etc, and either repairing or replacing damaged equipment. The aforementioned code of practice gives a more comprehensive list of interim checks you can do yourself without any specialist equipment, and also gives recommendations as to how regularly equipment should be electrically tested.
     
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    I beleive that if you can plug it in, it should be PAT tested, but it seems that allot of people (usually safety officers or accountants ) have a different opinion on this.
     
  7. oldtimer
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    No actually it also applies to fixed equipment and although we keep on calling it PAT testing it should be ISI&TEE In Service Ispection & Testing of Electrical Equipment .

    I just finished the 2377 course and they are now saying if its fixed wireing its covered via EICR everything else should be ISI&TEE that means hoovers kettles hand drier kitchen oven but me i am not pushing this until the industry (and it will eventually) starts to make noises.
     
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