Case Study – Seaward’s PAT test equipment has been used well by Oxfordshire City Council


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We found out more about how Seaward equipment can help improve local council PAT testing processes. Oxfordshire City Council Property Maintenance and Support Services ensures it meets its Mobile Device Test (PAT) responsibilities with Seaward electrical safety testers. ODS (Oxford Direct Services) Preventive Maintenance is responsible for maintaining a council property portfolio, which includes 7,000 residential homes across the county, parks and streets, and employs a 200-strong team of masons, plumbers, electricians and other professionals skilled in the trade. Outside repair and maintenance work. As part of the company’s preventive maintenance program, the plant management division, headquartered at Horspath Road Depot in Oxford, is responsible for verifying the integrity of all electrical power tools and equipment used by the workforce, which includes dozens of drills and portable and vacuum lighting equipment. Cleaners, Heaters, Compressors and Batteries. In fact, there are an estimated 9,000 individual items used by the workforce that need periodic inspections and safety checks by instrumentation examiner / factory room assistant, Philip Collender. This broad testing responsibility requires a rigorous safety management approach that links test tables with instrument identification systems and the maintenance of comprehensive test records for all items tested. To meet this need, ODS has been a long-standing user of Seaward PAT test equipment, including the Apollo 600+ PAT Portable Test Devices and the PATGuard 3. Test Program. The Apollo 600+ is a compact and lightweight unit that incorporates all the recommended safety tests for portable electrical devices in line With the Fifth IET Code of Practice. These include point-to-point tests for static equipment, testing of extension connections, power wires, and RCD devices. Barcode scanning The test machine’s battery-operated ability also makes it convenient to complete testing in a range of locations, which prides itself on the practical application of institutions such as ODS. In addition, once the barcodes of the individual devices are scanned, the pre-tested equipment is instantly recognized, the required test sequence is automatically assigned to this item and the entire process of asset identification and testing is accelerated. Incorporating large internal memory supports data processing needs, allowing Philip to quickly upload test records and transfer them directly to a central database on a weekly basis to his computer. Use of these features is complemented by critical certification and test reports to demonstrate full compliance with internal safety management protocols. Philip also uses Seaward PAT test equipment as part of its broader asset management program, and is currently recording inspections and checks performed on hundreds of stairs used by the ODS workforce on the Apollo 600+ before uploading data to his computer. In fact, this activity is expected to expand to include other health and safety equipment such as fire extinguishers and first aid equipment. “Throughout our organization, we use a range of electrical equipment and as part of our commitment to health, safety and equipment maintenance, mobile device testing is performed regularly and systematically.” The testers are easy to use, making the integration of testing with asset identification much easier to complete with a large workload. The ability to keep official test records has also been improved, which is essential to enable us to operate efficiently and effectively. “We also benefit from quality product support from Seaward. The company responds to our needs, ensuring that any technical inquiries and issues we may have are resolved quickly.” Watch the Apollo 600+ demo video by clicking here


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