The Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association

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“PATTA” is raising standards through representing the industry; supporting and guiding members

What is the role of the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association?

The main role of the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association is to represent the industry when it matters; we attend meetings and events to raise awareness of the importance of proper PAT testing, and electrical equipment safety. 

Before the association was formed the industry as a whole had no real representation; whilst some of the bigger companies had a voice the collective of smaller businesses did not – PATTA intended to change that, and is succeeding. 

We regularly attend important meetings; we now represent the board on the IET’s committee for the Code of Practice, and we have held discussions with the likes of British Standards, and the Department for Trade and Industry.

PATTA offers a membership, where a person can sign up to help promote the industry and raise awareness of the work the association is doing.

PATTA is a not-for profit organisation; the people who run it do not take a share of the profits and the costs of what they do mainly comes out of their own pockets, which includes their expenses, their time, their time away from their own businesses, etc. The subs our members pay helps to cover some of these costs, and to cover the general business costs of running the association. 

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Making a difference through representation

The PAT industry is different to many others; there is no regulators, and minimal support or guidance; training opportunities are limited and the qualifications sub-standard. People that come into the industry are often making a fresh start on their career journey or working for national companies and being paid peanuts. Most people want to be able to provide a better service for their customers and to offer a higher standard of work, but due to the lack of regulation, training, support, guidance etc. and due to supposed ‘big’ companies driving down prices to win other business, their hands are tied. 

The Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association was formed to try to change the industry; to raise standards by giving a voice to the industry and providing a platform where members can get help when they need it. 

PATTA – Raising Standards 

“PATTA” was formed by the joining of a group of people from within the industry, who are (slowly) making progress, by making an impression with the powers that be that inspection and testing of electrical appliances is important and should be taken more seriously. PATTA takes the issues to meetings with boards, trusts, government etc and fights for change. 

This is never going to be a quick process; PAT as it is now has been moving along the same path for around 50 years, so there are a lot of minds to convince but we know the importance of a properly supported industry. PATTA is working not just to convince others but in providing its own guidance and support to members as well as non-members and the public we hope to raise standards, from which the industry can build on. 

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PATTA – Connecting People

The best way to raise standards in an industry is to connect that industry; you may be in competition with your neighbour, but why not be friends too, maybe even help each other out so you can take on bigger projects. The PAT industry is broken in to 2 clear sides – the small business predominantly made up of one man bands doing smaller jobs trying to make a living, and larger companies taking up all the big jobs – those smaller companies need somewhere to talk, they need to be able to help and guide each other.

The associations’ Facebook group is the perfect place to do this; a quick dip in and out on your smart phone is enough to see what’s going on and ask questions when you have an issue. PATTA also offers the opportunity to network face to face with an annual meet-up which takes place at a central location on the last Friday in September every year. 

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