I have a few questions about Portable Appliance Testing within schools....
At our place we (the support staff) have to do the PAT testing. It is split around departments; IT (us) have to do the PCs etc and AV (as of today); science have today there science stuff; Art Technician has to do art stuff and the caretakers have to to the rest. The only stuff different is the cleaners equip with has to be tested by 'outsiders'.
Now (the ever going) Job Evaluation has stirred this up and we are getting upset about having to do it (especially as we don’t get paid extra for this). In my case it isn’t even in my job description. My line manager said get it added then, I said pay me for it then I will!
My questions are; who does yours and do you get paid extra for it? Also does anyone know the legal accountability if a serious accident happens?
If you do the testing what training have you had? We had to watch a DVD then answer questions on it then post it off, in hindsight I wish I had failed! Seeing as they are City and Guilds qualifications for PAT testing this seems very inadequate.
Part of me is in a ‘rock the boat mood’ and I need to know the answers (especially to the accountability question).
Cheers in advance!