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Eddy
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Mar 2024 19 08:07

Re: PAT Testing in house

We do ours.
2FE primary, about 700 items are tested. Takes a week, which we book in over Easter.
It has saves the school £300/year allowing for staff and equipment costs. so not a mindblowing saving in the greater scheme of things.

With the increase of double insulated items, it has become slightly easier. And i don't test large or fixed items like dishwashers, washing machines etc annually.
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Mar 2024 28 09:55

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Thanks for the advice on this.
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ElGuapo wrote: 28th Mar 2024 at 9:55am Thanks for the advice on this.
What have you decided to do?
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Our secondary school holds just over 1,500 and the two of us are now expected to have the task completed within three days. It will save the school loads in the long run but there's no afterthought about using the savings to recruit extra staff to help support or to increase our wages.

No doubt they will expect us to complete the job even quicker the following year when we are experienced enough using the new testing kits but i'm looking forward to acting my wage and taking my time..
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Nail wrote: 28th Mar 2024 at 11:42am What have you decided to do?
Personally I think it's better for us to carry on using the outside contractors. The time and hassle it would take me is not worth the saving. I haven't had that discussion with the Head and BM yet though, but I think they will agree.
I often say to them that I'll ask for opinions/advice on this forum and they think it's great. This is one of those occasions.
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We did it in House a few years back to try and save money. Yes, it saved some money but the time lost with being a constant person down in the holidays quickly meant we binned it and got a contractor back in.

It takes the contractor, using 2 testers, 4-5 weeks in the summer hols to go round all items.

Meanwhile the site staff are decorating, odd jobs, and doing much more productive tasks in my opinion.
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