This piece of PAT Testing Basic Information is to do with the safety of everyone. Whether you are the PAT Tester or the equipment user. Upon entering the room, a PAT Tester should have a good look around at the overall safety of the environment. For example, is the equipment being used for its designed purpose? A good example of this is a domestic kettle being used in a busy workplace. Is the user using it safely? Are there trip hazards? Is there a moisture problem (dry appliances being used in a wet environment)? Does the PAT Tester have sufficient space to carry out their role safely? What about excessive use of trailing sockets and extension leads? Is there a high concentration of people? Are there any potential hot spots or fire hazards? ……I’m sure you get the point.
It is good practice for the PAT Tester to carry out a Risk Assessment before they start work. Their findings should be reported to the Responsible Person or Duty Holder of the site.