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PAT Testing (Portable Appliance Testing)

When planning your health and safety policy you need to take into account portable appliance testing, and ensuring the company you hire is capable of carrying out PAT Testing to the standard required. The Health and Safety Executive has found that 25% of all reported electrical accidents involved portable electrical appliances.

Appliances British law (the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989) states all electrical systems and electrical appliances are maintained to prevent danger. Private homes are not included in this legislation, although owners of a property are required to not intentionally expose tenants or visitors to unreasonable risks. The HSE and the properties local authority have teams for the policing of this legislation.

Follow The Health and Safety at Work Act - PAT Testing

It's suggested by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET, published under the IEE brand) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that a competent person should inspect the fixed wiring installation regularly in any building that's open to the public or a place where people work. They have guidance for initial intervals for combined inspection and testing that range from 3 months (for things such as construction equipment) to 1 year, and some longer time frames for re-testing (certain appliances in schools, hotels, offices and shops).

It is not only for the safety of your staff or members of the public it's also to protect the owner from facing charges in fines or having their insurance become void due to untested equipment. The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) places such an obligation in the following circumstances:

  • Where appliances are used by employees
  • Where the public may use appliances in establishments such as hospitals, schools, hotels, shops etc.
  • Where appliances are supplied or hired
  • Where appliances are repaired or serviced

PAT Is Essential For All Electrics Being Used In A Public Place

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (The IET) publish the "Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment" (ISBN: 978-1849196260). This guide forms the basis for portable appliance testing in the U.K. We ensure our team are kept up to date with regular training in PAT Testing meaning they can comply with the standards outlined by the IET. Depending on the class of the equipment we'll carry out the following checks:

  • Damaged flexes
  • Damaged plugs and equipment (overheating, burn marks, discolouration)
  • Correctly wired plugs
  • Correctly rated fuse

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Then a series of tests which may include:

  • Earth continuity testing
  • Insulation resistance
  • Polarity test
  • Earth leakage test

If you are looking for a company that specialises in PAT Testing give us a call today on 0800 085 9146 and our team will gladly talk you through our services.