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I was trained as a PAT tester for a charity shop - for testing donated items. They use an external contractor for testing items used on the premises - till, PC, steamer, vacuum cleaner etc.
Said contractor came on a day when I wasn’t there. According to my colleague, they didn’t unplug any devices, just plugged in a laptop (or tablet, she wasn’t sure), called up something on the screen, declared everything passed and left (“it’s all on the computer, love”) and went.

Is there some new development in PAT technology I haven’t been told about that can scan everything on the ring main and even check Earth continuity without touching anything, or are we being scammed? (The company that trained me said they had once been suspicious of the speed of one tester, so installed a covert camera and observed that he merely copied the ID numbers onto a new set of labels and stuck these over the old ones).

Enquiring minds would like to know.
 
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