We always hear about variety being the spice of life don’t we? Well, according to the wife, that’s certainly true since she read the Fifty Shades Of Grey trilogy! And the same can be said of the PAT testing industry …
A Week In The Life Of A Travelling PAT Tester
We have to test in so many different venues on a daily basis, so we get a variety of working environments. Just to give you some understanding of the difference in these venues, you only have to take a look at our clients from last week and the different type of environments we were working in.
The first was a converted barn with a traditional Oak banqueting area, known as the Cripps Barn. I have to admit it was beautiful, then from there we travelled a couple of miles up the road to the Stone Barn which is a converted Dutch barn. I mean, where else can you sit to have your lunch looking out over the Cotswold Countryside, watching pheasants and deer running about with not another building in sight?On day one, our first venue was an office, not a normal run of the mill office but one with a back-up emergency call centre. From there we moved into a Search and Rescue training centre and vehicle store. Day two and even though we spent an hour and a half on the road, when we finally arrived, we were greeted with two spectacular venues that specialise in weddings and corporate entertaining.
Day three saw us visit a motor vehicle repair shop and the electrical equipment stores for the Fire and Rescue service. On to day four then – now this is something that I can never understand – but my wife wanted to come and help! Why? Well we were on our way to one of the largest fire stations in the area weren’t we? Ladies, what is it about men in uniform? My wife said it wasn’t the same when I put a fire helmet on!
We’re getting to the end of the week now. It was day five and I was off to test a nursery, then to a hair dressing salon. Finally, on Saturday, I visited a training centre who specialise in beauty treatments.
So there you have it! When we are testing electrical equipment we visit so many different types of businesses from schools to training centres, from store rooms to fire stations – but each and every time we adopt the same professional service for all of the clients.
I might have said it before but electrical safety is not something that should be frowned upon. Ultimately, death is a possibility, so please do be safe.November saw the release of the new code of practice, which gives additional guidelines for PAT Testing companies and the way in which we have to consider the testing of electrical equipment. It is all based on risk assessments which has always been the case but is now more defined. All companies still have one important thing to consider and that is to ensure that they meet with the Health and Safety Regulations for their business, staff and visitors – oh and their insurances.
Until next time …If you are in doubt about your electrical safety, please all me on 0330 6600264 or click here to ping over an email and I’ll get right back to you.