Over the years, we have tested in various different places, from offices to schools, from fire stations to industrial bakeries and manufacturing plants, but the one place that always gives us that extreme challenge is laboratories …
PAT Testing Laboratories They Always Provide Us With A Challenge
Working for a number of different companies it always amazes me of the different types of labs that we have to inspect. Some test food, some test animal material and yes, some of them actually test samples from humans!
We are expected to remain professional even though smells radiating from some of the labs are gut wrenching and, I’ll be honest, I have felt so sick on completion that I have needed to go outside for a break and fresh air!
Some of our clients request that we have to go through annual security inspections which, of course, also includes DNA samples being taken. On the plus side, at least I can be ruled out of some of the tests having entered the labs.
Some of the companies that we work for have such strict protocols that we struggle to test the areas due to the nature of the Personal Protection Equipment that we have to wear. It has been known that on top of our own uniforms we have to wear a Onsie or all in one paper coverall. On top of that, we have over the shoe covers, lab coat, hair nets, face masks and safety goggles, all topped off with a pair of slick rubber gloves.
So to spend five minutes getting dressed up, completing all the testing of the specialist equipment and then having to strip it all off again and put another set on is never uncommon; and we sometimes have to do this up to 10 times a day!
It really takes its toll on us and, to make matters worse, we have to not only follow this strict protocol but have to ensure that we do not do the testing out of a specific order, as there are some areas that we cannot return to until the following day.
“So not only is the changing of clothing time consuming but it is also physically draining as it gets hot in all those layers!”
Of course, it’s impossible to take any drinks into the lab with us as it could contaminate the samples in the rooms. So even taking on fluids means we have to take a break and strip off and every so often to rehydrate.
So the life in a lab for a PAT tester it’s not an easy one, but then we remain professional, do our job to the standard that the client has expected and of course they are safe in the knowledge that we have been security cleared to a high level.
Until next time …Are you looking to get your laboratory PAT Tested? Call me on 0330 6600264 or click here to ping over an email and let’s talk about arranging your free, no-obligation site survey as soon as we can.