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    Now the confusion starts do we have to PAT Test laptops and PCs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesDonkin View Post
    If your machine tests earth continuity at less than 200mA then yes, allegedly you can. Speaking to the trainer and other people who do PAT testing they won't go anywhere near a PC with a testing machine as they know that this fries PCs and they'll need to pay for it. Seeing as though its me responsible for fixing it, I'm not going to risk breaking it. The article you link says IT equipment. This includes more than just PCs. Do you do your PAT testing?
    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

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmoseley View Post
    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
    Try it on a few you won't miss first.

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by TronXP View Post
    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
    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!)

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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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lionsl2005 View Post
    What do you mean by "follow the HSE guidelines"
    http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg236.pdf

    Page 5 gives a list of sensible intervals for testing various different electrical equipment.

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    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!

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    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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