PAT Testing AtoZ – R is for Rogue Testers

Why would we want to write about rogue testers?

The PAT testing industry doesn’t have a great reputation. There are a lot of rogue testers out there, as it is an easy job to get into. At one point the Jobcentre were sending people on training courses and getting them to set up trading left right and centre, because it was a quick route into work.

This meant that suddenly the market was flooded with PAT testers who had passed the course and bought a cheap machine, but had no experience. Setting up on their own, they also had no one to get advice from when things get a little complicated.

I’m not for one second saying that all these testers are rogues, but it does seem to be how many rogue testers got into PAT testing. You see, you can complete a PAT testing course in as little as a couple of days. And you don’t even actually need the course – you just have to declare yourself competent.

Rogues Gallery

Today I thought I’d share some of the sights and stories we’ve heard about rogue testers. We will probably update this post in future, unfortunately, with more stories and pictures of things we’ve found.

One of the most outrageous, and unfortunately not that unusual, cases I’ve come across was a lady who asked me why I didn’t have the app on my smartphone, like last year’s PAT tester did. He hadn’t needed to unplug anything, just waved his phone near the plug and that gave him all the readings.

He was preying on the customer’s lack of knowledge about what proper PAT testing involves – a full and thorough visual check, including opening the plug before plugging into a machine to run a current through it. As I said in last week’s post about quality PAT testing, he was cutting corners to “test” faster, meaning that he could increase his earnings.

I’ve censored the names of the companies concerned in these photos, as they may have only one or two rogues bringing their reputation down. I do not know who tested these items, or if they still work for the firms in question. However, these are some of the practices you should look out for, as they could be missing important safety issues. For example, some of the leads still in bags were dangerous counterfeits.

This is one I’ve found on the site I’m currently at. The previous tester couldn’t be bothered to open the desk tidies and unravel the leads, so just stuck a label on the desks. Call me cynical but I’m pretty certain that wooden desks won’t pass PAT testing.

Rogue testers can apparently pass a wooden desk.
This rogue tester stuck labels on wooden desks rather than unraveling the desk tidies.

As you can see, rogue testers have a lot to answer for.

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Until next time,


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