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Handbook of Portable Appliance Testing: The Complete Reference Book for Anyone Wanting to Carry Out PAT Testing [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Seggy T. Segaran
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15 July 2009
he Handbook of Portable Appliance Testing gives practical answers to questions raised during PAT testing. It is much easier to understand than the IEE Code of Practice (COP).This handbook now includes an update for Edition 4 of the Code of Practice. It strikes a balance between giving enough technical background and easy to follow practical advice in implementing a PAT testing scheme. Someone wanting to undertake PAT testing using a PASS/FAIL PAT Tester need only read through the Overview, Planning and Doing the Work sections to get started. If they come across any appliances that they are not quite sure how to test, then a quick look within the Test Examples section should provide an answer. For those wanting more technical information on how the tests are done and how to interpret the test results, the PAT Testing: Technical Information section should provide all the answers they are looking for. This section contains many practical tips and hints regarding PAT Testing of a variety of appliances that are found in offices, homes, schools and factories. Many of these are based around questions either from delegates or calls to our technical support line.

Useful reference information has been tucked away in the Appendix. This includes a chapter on Basic Electrical Theory and a background to Electric Shock. This book is equally valuable to the newcomer to PAT Testing who intends to test in-house as well as the more experienced practitioner who plans to provide a PAT Testing service to other companies. It is now believed to be the most popular PAT testing title in the UK after the IET Code of Practice. It should also provide a source of useful information to those intending to take the City & Guilds 2377 examination."

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  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Ohm Books; 1st edition (15 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956153712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956153715
  • Product Dimensions: 29.4 x 20.6 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have worked in the electronic manufacturing sector for 32 years. In the first 5 years I worked as a design engineer, using the then newly available 4-bit microcontrollers. I was also one of the first proud owners of an Acorn home computer.

The following 4 years were spent gaining experience of managing teams as well as engaging with other departments like sales and marketing and getting a wider understanding of how an organisation really ticks.

The next 24 years have been very spent starting and growing my own business. This has given me a wide range of experiences.

I am a Princes Trust mentor and have helped numerous businesses over the last 8 years. I have 3 books published and available on Amazon. The latest one is titled "The Battle to get traffic to your website" and is aimed as an SEO primer for small business owners. Sales from my previous book "Starting and Running a PAT Testing business" has already generated £500 for the Princes Trust.

I really enjoy writing and plan to produce many more books over the coming years.

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About the Author

Seggy T Segaran is Managing Director of Tele-Products Ltd, a company he founded more than 20 years ago. He has designed and launched numerous test instruments, including a simple to use Portable Appliance Tester which revolutionised the industry when it was introduced in 2002. He has also produced all the course material for the half-day Demystifying Portable Appliance Testing course as well as the full-day PAT Testing In-Depth Workshop , both taught through First Stop Safety , a division of his company. The latter course is very popular with those wanting to set up a PAT testing business. Since 2003, thousands of delegates have had the benefit of both these courses. Seggy has a master s degree in Electronic Engineering from Cambridge University, and has over 30 years in the telecoms and electronic engineering industry. He is a mentor for the Prince s Trust, and the Chairman of Electronics Yorkshire. He lives in York with his wife Jane, and they have three children.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This is a bottom up approach to the subject. The book makes no assumptions about the reader's level of knowledge to start with. It seems to cover all the basics and gently introduces the reader to why and how PAT testing is performed as part of the health and safety requirements of a managed quality system.

Having said that, it is a surprisingly easy read. I had expected a text book on this subject to be hard going and perhaps rather tedious, but this is not the case. It is remarkably practical, with a common sense approach and a style that does not leave the reader floundering in technical jargon. The colourful layout and extensive use of example photographs and diagrams helps to make this handbook easy to use.

The text includes template documents for planning a test regime and recording results and provides a description of the procedures required to test the majority of applicable appliances that could be expected to be found in an office based workplace or domestic environment.

This is not a text book specifically for passing trade related exams on the subject but will undoubtedly provide an invaluable reference source. If you need to find out about PAT testing, what is required and how to go about doing it then this book should provide the answer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This book provides a very straightforward explanation for a subject that often has a great deal of misunderstanding. I especially liked the way it is presented, without going in to great technical detail, providing a straightforward introduction. Detail is added later on which the reader can choose to refer to or not, depending on what their interest is in the topic.

I would recommend it to anyone interested in implementing PAT testing in their workplace, whether or not they are going to be undertaking testing themselves.

For someone carrying out the testing it would complement the necessary training and provides a valuable source of both practical and theoretical reference material.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PAT testing book 9 May 2011
There are many PAT testing books available from quite cheap to very expensive.
As PAT testing is not something I need to do as a job, I didn't want to spend too much .
I eventually decided on this one and have found it to be excellent with clear explanations and illustration without too much complicated theory.
It has everything you need to do PAT testing at an affordable price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The handbook of portable appliance testing has paved the way for all of us ordinary mortals to get a full handle of the subject. PAT testing is no longer the preserve of the few. It lays bare all the facts from basic understanding to the detail. I have known many a company pay exorbitant prices for "experts" to carry out this exercise and do it regularly. I have introduced this book to my sons school and they are deilghted with the knowledge they now posses to ensure all electrical items are at a safe level for the children.

The school tells me that the money saved can now be used for other facilities that had to be shelved as a result of the previous costs of PAT testing.

I recommend that the saftey officer of all organisations to use this book as a reference guide to PAT testing so that the appropriate tests are carried out to keep all electrical equipment in a 'safe to use' condition and do it with the full uderstanding of the subject.

Thanks to the Author Mr Seggy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very help full book 6 Sep 2011
what class is it ? this book will tell you all you need to now ,very good if I can undersatnd it so can you, just take you time .It the sort of book you will go back to from time to time a reminder.
Outstanding very good book a must for any work place who do they onw PAT testing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The handbook of PAT testing with many colour and diagrammatical detail. An absolute detailed book for any intending to work in the PAT testing field. This book has as much detail within it's pages as the IEE Codes of Practice which is double this price. A good purchase and even better price compared to the Codes of practice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, only looses a star due to price. 23 Oct 2010
I made my choice based on reviews and advice given by others and I am happy that I did. I'd never done anything to do with PAT testing before but after reading this cover to cover just once I was confident in getting a machine and getting on with it - the job is now done. A recommended book suitable for beginners and above, same it's 30 though.
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Gives an insight into PAT testing. It is pretty clear, breaking down the different Classes of equipment and explaining what to do. Very easy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful for PAT Testers
Ideal for PAT testers of all abilities as it is clear and concise as well as being easy to understand.
Published 4 months ago by Ivor
3.0 out of 5 stars Some useful information
Thought it was going to be more informative than it was but I guess ok for what you pay. The book now sits in my bookshelf unloved.
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An extremely helpful, well written book that gave me an immediate answer to my query. Having completed an approvred PAT Course at Bournemouth University, I have found it extremely... Read more
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