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Thread #140458   Message #3228763
Posted By: Bernard
25-Sep-11 - 01:09 PM
Thread Name: Tech: PAT testing
Subject: RE: Tech: PAT testing
As Dennis says, 'it is possible to be trained to use the PA Tester without being a qualified electrician' - I'm one such person. We have a Seaward SuperNova+ at work, and we were given a one day course by Cuthbertson Laird.

It should be noted that an important part of any test is the visual inspection, and such an inspection should always be carried out before using any equipment, irrespective of whether an official Portable Appliance Test is required or not. For example, does the mains lead show signs of chafing that the electrical test may not identify? The MkI eyeball is a vital test instrument!

Common sense is the name of the game, and official test procedures are there to ensure that people are obliged to exercise common sense whether they want to or not!!