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Portable Appliance Testing Service

The Consortium offers a Portable Appliance Testing service, available to all members. The Consortium now has for its use three testing machines with microwave testers, which will be used by a team of volunteer testers to carry out the required testing of portable appliances in those halls that have requested it.

Who can use the service?
The Scheme has been arranged for paid-up members of the Consortium. [ In some cases, the Consortium may allow other charity-based community buildings that are not members of the Consortium to have their portable appliances tested, provided that a volunteer tester is willing to do the work. ]

How do we join the scheme?
If a hall or community building wishes to join this scheme, they should contact the Secretary and request this service. They will then be informed of the next testing period, and of which volunteer has been assigned for their tests. Contact details for the Co-ordinator and volunteer testers are available for all to view.

When will our appliances be tested?
Community Buildings have been grouped together geographically and each group linked to one or two volunteer testers to reduce the travel time and costs. The volunteers will then arrange to carry out testing for all buildings in that group within a specific time frame (usually one or two months). Where a member requests a testing call out of their geographical sequence, the Coordinator has the discretion to charge the full cost to that member.

The current schedule for members taking the service is available here with full details of the planned tests, volunteers and contact details for each member taking the service.

Additional information for those who have taken this service is also available:

How much will the service cost?
The charges to members for testing up to 50 appliances will be £32, and 50p for each appliance in excess of 50. [ For non-member community buildings, the charge for such testing will be £42 for the first 50 appliances and 50p for each appliance in excess of 50. ]

How will the scheme be managed?
There is a Testing Co-ordinator, Roly Taylor, who can be contacted by email at, or by phone on 01434 681787 (landline). He will organise the volunteers and authorise payments to them. Details of their commitments can be seen here.

The volunteer testers will be paid a mileage rate of 40p for each mile recorded travelling to Community Buildings to do testing. Additionally, testers can claim for the out of pocket expenses such as telephone calls. The Consortium will take out an insurance policy for the scheme, covering Public Liability and Professional Indemnity.