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Pat Testing question?

Discussion in 'Electrical Engineering' started by Richard Comfort, Jan 10, 2005.

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  1. Does anyone have any information on the legal requirements to pat test, such
    as what qualifications are needed if any?
    if the pat tester machine has to be calibrated or not? and do you have to
    have public liability insurance.Answers to any of these questions or
    directions to a web site with this information would be gratefully received

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  3. You will not find any law which mentions PAT testing. However, there are
    4 Acts and Statutory Instruments which place various responsibilities
    on employers and workers, and PAT testing has been devised as a method
    to meet a number of the safety requirements in those Acts. If you can
    find some other way to meet those requirements, you are free to do that
    instead, but generally that will be difficult and pointless to invent
    some other scheme.
    There is a C&G certificate in PAT testing, 2377/02 IIRC. Holders have
    demonstrated their competence to perform PAT testing (the HSE accepts
    this qualification for this purpose). Electricians are not normally
    trained in PAT testing, so you should ensure people undertaking PAT
    testing do have this certificate. There's also 2377/01 which covers
    management of PAT testing -- normally the two are taken together over
    two days. The qualification is intended to be attainable by those
    who are not electricians -- the prerequisit would be familiarity
    wiring plugs and understanding the difference between milliohms and
    megohms (which is something electricians on the course often have
    trouble with, sadly;-). In an office or a small company, it is a
    good idea to have someone who has done the two day training and holds
    the certificates, even if you subcontract the actual testing, although
    this would mean you can do it yourselves. If you do subcontract PAT
    testing, make sure the person(s) undertaking testing hold 2377/02 or
    you are likely to be wasting your money -- as I indicated before,
    simply being a qualified electrician or a member of a trade body
    doesn't really mean anything much with regards to PAT testing.
    BTW, it's usually quite easy to spot someone who doesn't know how
    to perform PAT testing -- they normally start by connecting the
    appliance under test to the PAT tester.
    I think they all do, but not frequently.
    That's always advisable, to protect yourself from being sued. This
    can happen even if you didn't do anything wrong. I am not aware of
    any legal requirement for it though.
  4. H. Neary.

    H. Neary. Guest

    Bilge! They have to be tested at a period dictated by the consistancy
    of the test results. Additional factors include any likely damage due
    to the environment or storage tha PAT tester is subject to.

    Visual inspections should be immediately prior to use. Recorded visual
    inspections are,as with PAT testers usually based initially on the IEE
    reccomendations, but may be modified if justified by the "log".

    Xmas tree lights do not require monthly inspection!!


  5. GKC


    Sep 30, 2010
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2010
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