The Consortium has now begun offering a new scheme for Portable Appliance Testing. For those interested, here are a few points describing this service; for full details see this description of the scheme, or contact the Secretary.
Why might you need it?
Appliance Testing is a health and safety measure. It is best practice and many insurance companies require it. Members should consider it for these reasons and for the protection of your trustees.
What does the scheme provide?
The Consortium will have for its use two testing machines and two microwave testers. These 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. The Consortium wants to finalise the arrangements for the service and would urge members to confirm their acceptance to the Secretary, Adrian Hinchcliffe, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (01661 843896).
How much will the service cost?
The charges to members for testing up to 50 appliances will be £26, and 50p for each appliance in excess of 50. [ For non-member community buildings, the charge for such testing will be £36 for the first 50 appliances and 50p for each appliance in excess of 50. ]
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.
How will the scheme be managed?
There will be a Co-ordinator (Denis Peel), who will organise the volunteers, and authorise payments to them. It is proposed that the volunteer testers are paid a mileage rate of 35p 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.