Who should carry out the Inspection and Portable Appliance Testing?

The Electricity at Work regulations states that:

“No person shall be engaged in any work activity where technical knowledge or experience is necessary to prevent danger, or where appropriate, injury, unless he possesses such knowledge or experience, or is under such degree of supervision as may be appropriate having regard to the nature of the work”

The IET Code of Practice pdf states, those carrying out the inspection and testing must be competent to undertake the inspection and, where appropriate, testing of electrical equipment and appliances having due regard of their own safety and that of others.

What should be considered is that the ‘danger’ to be prevented, includes not just the dangers which may arise during the testing procedure to the tester and others, but also the dangers which may arise at a later date as a result of using equipment which has not been effectively PAT Tested.

The portable appliance tester must have an understanding of the modes of electrical, mechanical or thermal damage to electrical equipment and appliances and their flexes which may be encountered in any environment.

Portable Appliance Test training must include the identification of equipment and appliance types to determine the test procedures and frequency of inspection and testing. PAT Testers must be familiar with the test instruments used and in particular their limitations and restrictions so as to achieve repeatable PAT Test results without damaging the equipment or the appliance.

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