PAT Testing 

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Get PAT testing - a convenient way to ensure the electrical safety of your portable appliances.

What is PAT testing?

 

PAT testing stands for ‘Portable Appliance Testing’ and is a process which checks the safety of portable electrical appliances. It typically involves a preliminary visual inspection followed by a more detailed investigation using PAT testing equipment. Specialist tools test for insulation resistance, lead polarity and earth continuity of the appliance.

 

As part of The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, it is a requirement of all businesses to ensure the safety of staff members, including the safety of electrical appliances they use. These can include:

 

  • Kettles

  • PCs/Laptops

  • Printers

  • Microwaves

  • Hoovers

  • Extension leads

 

How frequently you inspect and test your appliances depends on the type of equipment you use and the environment in which it operates. There is no legal requirement to label equipment you test. However, doing so can be a useful way for landlords and commercial enterprises to keep track of their compliance efforts.

 

PAT tests inspect both Class I and Class II appliances. Class I appliances are usually made of metal and have a metal Earth pin and fuse in the plug. Class II appliances usually have plastic covers (for instance televisions, DVD players, computers and so on) with two layers of insulation to protect against electric shocks.

 

Upon completion of a PAT test, we provide you with a report and many other details for your records. These include:

 

  • A full set of test results for all the appliances in your building

  • A list of any appliances that failed the test

  • Reasons for any failures and proposed courses of action

  • Pass or fail labels on appliances showing the name of the inspector, the date of the most recent inspection, and the date of the next inspection

  • An inventory of the name, location and type of all appliances in your property

 

New equipment doesn’t necessarily require testing. However, we recommend PAT testing if you notice any damage to the item.

 

Anyone deemed competent to do so can carry out a basic PAT test. But to protect yourself, and your tenants, it is wise to choose qualified, licensed professionals to carry out the work for you. It’s safer and more convenient.

 

All of these services are provided at an excellent price and at a very high standard. If you would like to see our work then please go to our projects page, or if you would like a quote, then please get in touch using our Contact us

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