Now I have you attention!
Let’s talk about a subject few people want to when it comes to their Portable Appliance Testing, the risk assessment & frequency of test. This part of PAT seems to be brushed over by many and in my book (the 5th Edition of the IET Code of Practice!) they’ve put a great emphasis on this section. This really can cut engineer time and company spend in many areas where risk is low.
Now, there are 7 factors you should take into account to determine the test interval, which I won’t go in to detail on, but this should be so far as reasonably practicable to prevent danger. This is an important line of the code for any company as the frequency of test is (reasonable) to prevent danger.
Let’s use a general office environment for example; a combined inspection and test on a class I IT could potentially take place every 5 years, but anyone working in our industry knows there are a lot of companies performing PAT annually in these environments.
I’ve come to the conclusion over the my years in PAT that many companies would rather test too much than too little, to make sure that if there were an incident they’ve complied with the guidelines. However, there is a solution.
The Seaward Apollo 500+ & 600+ series has a built in risk based retest period calculator, where you can account for the 7 factors (we didn’t go into great detail on earlier!) into account, and the PAT tester will set the test frequency. When used with the auto scheduler in PATGuard 3 software, you can setup a trigger to warn you of upcoming tests in certain arears in advance, making sure you’re never over or under test an environment.
This solution can also take away understanding each environment, appliance & construction type, user & frequency of use and how that fits in with the guidelines for frequency of test. You can be saving your company time and money you don’t need to spend to be compliant.
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