PAT(Portable Appliance Testing) testing.
OK, apparently, I need to PAT test all my electrical equipment at work for health and safety reasons. I've done some research and have noted that there is no qualification needed to do PAT testing of my own equipment in house.
Quote taken from PAT Testing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I would say I'm pretty competent with electrical testing, as in I know how to hold and use a voltmeter. lol I'm sure I'm able to do a polarity tests and Earth Continuity on the few pieces of equipment I have that's classed as portable. That should be acceptable as a form of PAT testing right? I can get the 'pass' labels from fleabay.
In the UK, There is no formal qualification for persons carrying out PAT Testing. The Electricity at Work regulations of 1989 simply state that inspecting and testing must be carried out by a competent person, however does not mention a benchmark for competency. It has become accepted practice, however, for individuals operating as PAT Testers to hold a City and Guilds qualification. PAT Testers in the UK do not need to be electricians or have a background in the electrical industry
Or should I actually pay a qualified PAT tester to do the testing for me, which is only valid for 12 months, and they would need to be called out annually?