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    Electrical usage PAT & BYOD

    Wasn't entirely sure where to put this so please feel free to move

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    We were asked today to look into having an enterprise wireless system setup in the school to (originally) give internet access to staff members mobiles laptops etc throughout the school. Although I can see that brief increase once we start writing a specification in earnest. Anyway I can see this leading to a massive increase in BYOD for teachers and maybe students, something that is currently discouraged. I know PAT testing is a suggestion rather than a rule but do you have any kind of reference to electrical usage/safety in the BYOD usage policy or is it just something that's kinda just left to itself?

    just something I was thinking about

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    BYOD - Bring Your Own Dog?

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    bring your own device


    latest I.T. Buzzphrase

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    Personally i wouldnt bother. It will be really hard to manage. Plus it might prevent people from bring in devices. I wouldnt want an ugly sticker on my laptop charger.

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    Our LA advised that PAT in itself isn't a legal requirement and as such the teacher can do visual inspections.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    Our LA advised that PAT in itself isn't a legal requirement and as such the teacher can do visual inspections.
    ROFL.........

    The number of times we have confiscated equipment from teachers would not lead me to trust them to do a visual check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    Our LA advised that PAT in itself isn't a legal requirement and as such the teacher can do visual inspections.
    Its no legal requirement but you have to ensure it is in good working order - therefore in your BYOD AUP you state that any person bringing an item into school does so and takes the full responsibility should there be a problem - therefore blame the users whos device it is rather than the building in which it happened.

    Many laptop chargers fail pat tests anyway so a visual inspection is the only option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twin--turbo View Post
    ROFL.........

    The number of times we have confiscated equipment from teachers would not lead me to trust them to do a visual check.

    Rob
    But it makes it their responsibility. Competence is another issue...

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    Yeah I guess just putting in a users responsibility should be enough but as people have said there are staff who would just ignore this and I'm not that worried about staff members own equipment. I would be concerned about what would happen should something like a student get an electric shock from a staff members personal device with exposed wires.

    am I just being overly cautious

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    Quote Originally Posted by spend_day View Post
    Yeah I guess just putting in a users responsibility should be enough but as people have said there are staff who would just ignore this and I'm not that worried about staff members own equipment. I would be concerned about what would happen should something like a student get an electric shock from a staff members personal device with exposed wires.

    am I just being overly cautious
    A staff member who is negligent could be prosecuted in both civil and criminal law if there is an incident. However if you start telling staff to check appliances (including ones in there classroom) then your likely to upset the Unions.

    Catch 22.

    I stopped writhing a electrical safety policy as there was no support from the MGT for the stuff that needed to be in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    you have to ensure it is in good working order
    No; only SAFE. For a laptop this is trivial. You only need to check the mains lead and power supply. This is the sort of thing that HSE would expect to be tested maybe once every four years.

    Quote Originally Posted by twin--turbo View Post
    However if you start telling staff to check appliances (including ones in there classroom) then your likely to upset the Unions.
    Well the Unions need to just suck it up. It is a requirement that all users check kit that they are using.

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