The Portable Appliance Testing industry includes the employed, self employed sole traders, small businesses, limited companies, national contractors, and people who work for unrelated businesses but are expected to do a role the industry says they should be competent to do.
What makes a person competent and what is expected of them is too vague, in all areas; the legal requirements are unclear and supposed help guides are confused.
There is, currently, no recognised organisation for these people to air their opinions and frustrations to, nor a voice to speak up for them.
What PATTA is hoping to achieve has been tried in the past, with limited success but no longevity, but what makes PATTA different is it is having success and is now a long term venture, having been making progress in the background since 2013.
The objectives of PATTA are:
- To promote the portable appliance testing industry
- To be a central representative body to put the views of portable appliance testing companies to government departments and agencies, Parliament and other relevant organisations.
- To research and develop needs for training, and support for those conducting portable appliance testing and other relevant market information.
- To be a technical centre providing commentary, guidance and advice on all legal and other regulatory developments of relevance to portable appliance testing.
- To provide a forum for the exchange of non-competitive information and support.
- To provide opportunities for members to network with other members.