This last weekend was the annual meeting of the PAT Testing Network, with members travelling to Solihull from all over the country. The aim of the PAT Testing Network is to improve the reputation of the PAT industry through education, sharing good practice, networking and support.
PAT Testing Network – Working Together
I have to admit I thought Milton Keynes was terrible for roundabouts, but my town has nothing on Solihull! I lost count of the number of times I had to double back on myself to find the entrance to the hotel.To make matters worse when I finally pulled into the hotel drive I was informed that they didn’t have any onsite parking, so off I went again back round the islands to find the long term car park.
Finally I parked up and made my way to the meeting, where I was greeted by a number of individuals who all had one thing on their mind “BEER”. Seriously we were there to discuss the future of the PTN Network, on the agenda: how we can support members to continue to provide high levels of service and professionalism and how the Network can support and educate customers in what they should be getting as part of the service. Like all industries ours has it’s fair share of people who like to go in cheap, do a substandard job and take the money and run! This is why it is so important to us all that the PAT Testing Network continues to advocate the highest standards.
Trying to educate customers is going to be a challenge, especially as some customers see PAT Testing as a tick box exercise and only want to get it done as cheaply as possible. This doesn’t mean that the job is being done incorrectly but there has been too many stories recently where Smartphones are being used to carry out the testing. If only this was true, FTS would be using the relevant equipment however this is not the case. We have even been told about new PAT Testing machines in which the engineer now only has to point the machine at a piece of equipment and using Infrared technology it can indicate if the appliance is safe to use. I’m sorry to say both the Smartphone and Infrared technology are myths. This is not the case, maybe one day in the future.
It was nice being able to put faces to names and in my case I was told that it was my fault that one company, Skybur Testing, had joined the PTN Network, I asked why, because Emma said that they had read about the group from an earlier blog post, she even recently wrote a blog about her time as a female tester, you can read it here.
If you want to find out more about the PTN Network you can go to the website and find out more about the “That’s Not PAT Testing” campaign and search for a member in your area. All members have to pass the accreditation process which includes having our knowledge tested and also our business details and credentials checked, this ensures that we are working to the highest standards.