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12th November 2012, 11:25 AM #16
Now the confusion starts do we have to PAT Test laptops and PCs?
12th November 2012, 11:27 AM #17
No I dont currently, but im going on a course in the new year, so we can do it all in house. As far as im aware PC's should be done each year, and that relates to any IT equipment (TFT's, laptops, servers etc) but all of this is not a legal requirement, its all down to Health and Safety at work regulation and in some cases insurance T&C's
Originally Posted by JamesDonkin
12th November 2012, 11:32 AM #18
In a large secondary school with more than enough to do...and somehow we're lumbered with it. Luckily science tech does the science labs things for us, but we're stuck with the rest.
12th November 2012, 11:59 AM #19
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Try it on a few you won't miss first.
Originally Posted by mmoseley
12th November 2012, 12:22 PM #20
If you use a PAT testing machine with a I.T testing function you won't risk damaging anything. Our tester has this function and has not broken the 3000 I.T items we have tested over the years.
Use a a normal PAT tester without I.T mode and yes you will fry stuff
12th November 2012, 02:03 PM #21
You have to do a "soft" test on it I was told in my training (that I failed, girlfriend was in hospital night before test, so had no time to revise!)
Originally Posted by TronXP
12th November 2012, 04:19 PM #22
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The Electricity at Work Regulations (1989) placed a Legal responsibility on employers, suppliers and hirers etc to take reasonable steps to ensure that no danger results from the use of electrical equipment. This means all Portable Appliances have to be regularly tested to ensure they are safe.
Essentially this is anything movable with a plug and would include PCs.
I'm not sure why people would exempt them from this requirement?
12th November 2012, 05:07 PM #23
Originally Posted by lionsl2005
Page 5 gives a list of sensible intervals for testing various different electrical equipment.
13th November 2012, 04:42 PM #24
Ours is done by external consultants - in August to minimise disruption. They seem to test everything including my box of "you never know when you might need one of those" cables. Unfortunately, the only devices in school which get regularly abused - the teachers' laptops - aren't in school in August and haven't been tested for years as far as I can tell!
14th November 2012, 09:46 AM #25
Quick PAT testing question: what are they actually testing for? I have just found a box of faulty laptop chargers that were awaiting WEEE disposal that have all been PAT tested and passed.
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