We recently conducted the annual ‘in service inspection and testing of electrical equipment’, more commonly known as PAT Testing, at Sir Thomas Fremantle School in Buckinghamshire …
PAT Testing In Schools
Initially, we were called upon to carry out a fire risk assessment. From this report, we were then asked to provide fire warden training, a number of additional fire extinguishers and we also serviced a number of other non-commissioned extinguishers.
“So the PAT Test was our fourth visit to the school!”
The Business Manager at Sir Thomas Fremantle, who is responsible for the Health and Safety at the school, was naturally keen to ensure that all electrical equipment remains safe for both staff and pupils to use.
When PAT Testing a school environment, it is practical to carry out the work at weekends or during the school holidays. It’s not impossible to conduct the testing during normal school hours, especially if we can gain access early in the morning, but generally speaking it is easier for all concerned to conduct PAT Testing outside school hours.
We tested everything from the kettle and fridge in the staff room through to the computers in the IT Suite and even the potter’s wheels in the art and design class.
We were on school premises for two days outside term time and tested approximately 580 items. You’ll be surprised how many there are in a school, especially when every child is issued with an iPad Mini! New technology means more learning advancements, but of course, it also means more potential hazards.
On completion of the PAT Testing we gave them a certificate of compliance, a comprehensive list of all appliances held on site at the time of testing, along with the test result for each appliance, all neatly packaged on a CD yet also downloadable from our website!
FTS Safety Solutions Ltd have been testing electrical appliances in the public sector since 2006 including schools and colleges, police and fire service and forensic sciences and testing laboratories.
“We are security cleared by various police forces and government departments!”
Would you like us to PAT Test your educational establishment for you? You can be sure you’ll be in safe hands if you call us on 0330 6600264 or click here to send an email and we’ll be in touch soon.
Until next time …