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#150915 - 01/15/06 04:10 PM PAT Testing
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Registered: 01/11/06
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Loc: Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Just wanted to know if in the US, workplaces need to periodically test portable electrical appliances i.e. earth continuity, insulation resistance and earth/touch leakage.

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#150916 - 01/18/06 08:28 AM Re: PAT Testing
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Registered: 04/17/05
Posts: 127
Loc: Florida
Where I work, we have to do this in our central tool rooms. Everytime a tool is checked out, the tool room staff does a visual inspection, and then plugs the tool into a piece of test equipment that tests the insulation and the ground continuity. Once per quarter, I have to check the ground continuity on the tools, and log them into a log book. Before, our Safety dept. told the tool room staff to just plug the tools and ext. cords into a GFCI receptacle before issue, but I bought them a tool tester that performs a hi-pot test and checks the ground's continuity all in one shot.

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#150917 - 06/23/06 03:43 AM Re: PAT Testing
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In the UK we need to PAT Test each year in the work place. But at home we do not
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#150918 - 06/23/06 11:23 AM Re: PAT Testing
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There is no such general requirement here, nor is it common practice.

The closest such requirement is for construction sites, and can be avoided by having GFI protection on temporary circuits.

There are companies that do such testing, but their main role is in diagnosing power quality problems, or certifying a new installation.

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#150919 - 06/26/06 09:27 AM Re: PAT Testing
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In the US there is a similar device to a PAT tester, but its use is by no means manditory {like in other parts of the world.}
http://www.megger.com/us/products/ProductDetails.php?ID=163&Description=

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#150920 - 06/27/06 02:21 AM Re: PAT Testing
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Thanks Scott,
Nice to see you posting!.
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#150921 - 06/30/06 05:23 AM Re: PAT Testing
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Registered: 07/05/02
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Loc: SI,New Zealand
It does make you wonder guys,
Wether us folks either from Down Under or from the UK are being fed a line or two.
In
I realise that PAT testing is important as far as Appliance Servicing goes (where the appliance is returned to the Home-owner).
But having said that, if Joe Bloggs want's to fix his (whatever), why should he not have to do the same test as us?.
I'm all for safety in what ever form that takes, ever heard of a level playing field?.
The cop out that we do it for money, is starting to wear a bit thin, considering that there is so much test gear you have to own these days and very little of it is below the US$200 mark.
Does anyone here charge a Test Equipment charge, if even for batteries?.
Any sort of testing gives the end user a higher degree of safety, safety comes at a cost.
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#150922 - 07/09/06 04:02 PM Re: PAT Testing
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To add to renosteinke's comments‚ÄĒin North America, 5-milliampere-trip ground-fault circuit interrupters seem to be the default "magic shield" for electrical safety with powertools/wet-area appliances in the industry.

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