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Pat testing fixed

PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 1:58 pm
by prosafe
Hi folks
So we are now required to test fixed equipment/ installations . My question is most pat testers aren't electricians and some haven't even completed C&G 2377 so how are they suppose to safely isolate and disconnect and mains wired or fixed appliance from fused spur or any other means? This is not taught on any pat testing course I have ever done. :o

Re: Pat testing fixed

PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:38 pm
by Grizzly
The short answer: a tester should only be inspecting and testing appliances that they are competent to inspect and test.
If a tester is not competent to safely isolate, disconnect and reconnect appliances before and after testing, they shouldn't be doing it.

Re: Pat testing fixed

PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 9:30 pm
by prosafe
I totally agree grizzly
I have done C&G 2377 and other pat courses and been testing a long time , I do know how to isolate disconnect and test fixed appliances but no pat test course will teach you this or qualify you to do this safely yet we are all being told that they should be tested. So does that mean that only fully qualified electricians are qualified to test fixed ? And experienced pat testes are only good to test kettles toasters and such like ?

Re: Pat testing fixed

PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:28 am
by Grizzly
A course such as this might provide the certification that some require to show competence in safe isolation, disconnection, etc.:

NICEIC Safe Isolation Workshop for non-electricians
http://www.niceic.com/training/electrical/safe-isolation

or maybe this one:

NICEIC Accessory Replacement Workshop
http://www.niceic.com/training/electrical/accessory-replacement