The PAT tester is coming here but does he need to test each indiviudal
PC with a different lead of is it just the leads that are tested? Could
he just test the leads without needing to turn on every PC?
At one time it was common to treat the lead and PC as separate units, so
each would be PAT tested in its own right as you can't guarantee a
particular lead will stay with one PC.
Just watch you don't come in and find the mice and keyboards have PAT
stickers on !
Be careful not to perform a "Flash Test". This can fry the sensitive
Continuity Test and Insulation Test is all that is required and of course a
though visual inspection.
Also, remember that the monitor should also be tested.
When looking for someone who does PAT testing, do check the
actual person doing the testing holds the C&G 2377/02 certificate
in performing PAT testing to show they know what they're doing.
One place I worked required the electrician to bring their
certificate along on the first day, and kept a copy on record.
Most electricians are not trained or qualified in PAT testing,
and consequently do it completely wrongly. This often results in
damaged IT equipment, and most faults which should give rise to
failures being missed.
As you are someone organising/managing PAT testing, you would
be well advised to take the C&G 2377/01 course in managing PAT
testing. You might well decide after doing this that there is
no need to PAT test new computer equipment in your environment,
and if you have a programme in place to replace computers within
4 years, you could well justify never PAT testing them at all.
C&G 2377/01 and C&G 2377/02 are a day's course each followed by
the exam. They are usually taken together on consecutive days,
as there's a degree of overlap. Note that the C&G 2377/02 for
actually performing PAT testing is specifically intended to be
attainable by non-electricians. The idea is that in any moderately
sized workplace, there's probably someone good with DIY electrics
at home who also understands ohms law and the difference between
milliohms and megohms, and they can easily be trained to perform
PAT testing, so the workplace can have someone on-site who's up
to the task. The HSE recognises C&G 2377/01 and C&G 2377/02 as
evidence of competence to manage and perform PAT testing.
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