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Workplace electronic test equipment - isn't just for electricians

Date: 11 January 2019

In case you had wondered about workplace electronic test equipment, it isn't just for electricians. This equipment is available for those qualified in the UEENEEE101A Apply Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, codes and practices in the workplace and the UEENEEP026A Conduct in service safety testing of electrical cord assemblies and cord connected equipment courses. Which means you can become qualified to test equipment in your organization.

We will look at a range of products available, what they do and how they could help you if you're needing workplace electronic test equipment. Here is an overview.


Portable Appliance Testers
A Portable Appliance Tester (PAT) is an electronic instrument that automatically tests equipment plugged into it. The results it indicates require no technical interpretation. A product like the U-Test 376T has features like:

  • Fully battery operated for ease of mobility
  • The test result is given not only as an overall pass or fail, but also provides the results of each individual test performed
  • Fast test results


If you want a PAT that offers Bluetooth connectivity, you would want to consider the Metrex Delta GT MI 3309 Bluetooth. Some of its features are:

  • Test data capture - upload test results to your computer
  • Large flash memory, stores approximately 1500 tests
  • USB & RS232C for communicating with your computer and barcode reader
  • Programmable limits for pass/fail evaluation
  • Comes with software


The range is vast, from portable and good value to other high-end PATs available which offer far more including incorporating RCD testing.


Residual Current Devices (RCD) Testers
An RCD is an electrical safety device specially designed to immediately switch the electricity off when electricity is detected leaking to the earth at a level harmful to a person using the electrical equipment. It protects against electric shock.

The RCD testers range from digital to others offering a range of features. The SEW RCD Tester 4112 EL, for instance offers key features such as:

  • Variable current settings: from 3mA, to 500mA
  • Current selection: rotary switch
  • Phase start selection : 0 ~ 180 degree
  • Phase polarity trip indicator


Three phase adaptors
A number are on offer including a cost effective adaptor for testing both 4 & 5 pin 3 phase equipment 10A, 16A, 20A and 32A where a leakage test is not required to a more upmarket adaptor which provides users with more extensive in relation to carrying out a leakage current test. And it displays test results.


Software which provides powerful test appliance record and asset management software is available. This means you'll no longer need traditional log books and spread sheet records.


Your Portable Appliance Tester (PAT) is required to have its calibration checked on a regular basis in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions, with 12 months being the normal recommended minimum time frame.

There are many different pieces of equipment available on the market which can sometimes be confusing if you are not sure what will suit your requirements specifically. If you need a hand selecting the right equipment for your electrical testing please feel free to contact us here. To find out more about our products you can check out the range here.

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