PAT Testing News Round-Up - Issue 18

This issue covers:

  • Free Seminars Explain New IET PAT Code of Practice
  • IET Code Updated
  • New HSE Website for Office Safety
  • Special Test Kits Celebrate 30 Years of PAT Success
  • New Electrical Industry Partnership

Free Seminars Explain New IET PAT Code of Practice

 Portable appliance test instrumentation specialist Seaward is hosting a series of free breakfast seminars on the new fourth edition of the IET Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment.

The seminar will explain the changes in the new Code and how it will affect those involved in PAT testing or with a responsibility to ensure a safe working environment. Topics to be covered will include, a risk based-approach to testing, the implications for fixed appliances, what to do about hired equipment and what it means for landlords.

This year’s seminar schedule is as below – and more will follow in early 2013

Tues 4th Dec 2012 - South Mimms/Potters Bar
Weds 5th Dec 2012 - Hounslow
Thurs 6th Dec 2012 - Nottingham
Weds 12th Dec 2012 - Bradford
Thurs 13th Dec 2012 - Manchester
Tues 8th Jan 2013 - Glasgow
Thurs 10th Jan 2013 - Newcastle
Tues 22nd Jan 2013 - Crawley
Weds 23rd Jan 2013 – Basingstoke

Each seminar begins at 8.30am and free refreshments are provided.

More details at: /seminars


IET Code Updated

 To help businesses to understand their PAT obligations and to prevent unnecessary work, the IET has published the fourth edition of the Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment.

The new publication will enable people with responsibility for electrical equipment, including building mangers, office managers and health and safety inspectors, to make more informed decisions on the level of inspection and testing required.

It advises a proportionate risk-based approach, taking into consideration the usage, type and environment of the equipment in question.

This updated guidance reflects the recommendations of the Löfstedt Report into health and safety legislation, published in November 2011.

More details at:


New HSE Website for Office Safety

 The Health and Safety Executive has launched a new website to give employers and employees information relating to health, safety and welfare in the office.

The new website is designed to help users save time on managing health and safety in the office environment by using streamlined guidance with direct links to supporting material.

The new information includes a link to a special Health and Safety Toolbox section that includes details on how to control risks at work. This is intended to help users deal with common issues that arise in the office environment and provide guidance to help control the risks – including a section on portable appliance testing. 

Special Test Kits Celebrate 30 Years of PAT Success

 Due to its huge success Seaward has extended its Best of British 30th anniversary PAT celebration by linking two of its downloading testers with a host of free accessories in a special promotion.

For a limited period only, the Seaward PAT Celebration will giveaway free PAT accessories alongside all Europa Plus and Supernova Elite PAT testers sold.

To help maximise the comprehensive range of PAT test features included in the Europa Plus, the special celebration kit includes a tester and 110V adaptor with a free Test ‘n’ Tag printer and copy of the PATGuard Lite Software program. This will enable results from the tester to be downloaded to a PC for traceability and report generation, with the printer allowing asset ID labels to be printed quickly and easily.

The same combination of accessories is also provided free of charge with the celebration bundle for the Supernova Elite, a multi function PAT that includes RCD trip time and flash testing capabilities, as well as a dual voltage capability.

Both Seaward testers are market leading products that are proven for rugged and reliable use in demanding, high volume PAT programmes.

For full details and to take advantage of this offer, visit the special Seaward 30th Anniversary celebration page. 


New Electrical Industry Partnership

 In a new move to bring the electrical contracting industry closer together, the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) and the Electrical Safety Council (ESC) have announced the creation of the Electrical Safety Register.

 In addition, from April 1st 2013, the NICEIC and ELECSA will be operated by a brand new organisation called Certsure for the good of its customers, giving the industry a stronger voice to government and major stakeholders on relevant issues.

The partnership will bring many benefits to NICEIC and ELECSA registrants. The first is the creation of the Register, which will be the definitive searchable database of NICEIC and ELECSA registered contractors, as well as ECA members, promoted to hundreds of thousands of specifiers by the trade association and the best charity.

Certsure will also make major customer commitments to NICEIC and ELECSA customers.
- Customers are able to display the Electrical Safety Register banner
- NICEIC, ELECSA and ECA customers will be included on the Electrical Safety Register
- Certsure will provide excellent customer service and actively promote its contractors in the marketplace

"With this partnership, the benefits to the consumer and electrician are significant," comments Charles Tanswell, chair of the ESC. "In particular, for the consumer it means more can be done to raise awareness of the benefits of using registered electricians and we´re delighted that this partnership ensures solid industry support for the charity and its work."

"This partnership marks a new beginning for the electrical contracting industry." explains Paul McNaughton, President of the ECA. "There is strength in unity and this alliance unites the key electrical industry players: The sector trade association, the electrical consumer charity and the leading certification body, while providing clarity to the consumer and a consolidated voice to government on common issues."

To view the Electrical Safety Register log onto

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