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PAT Testing (Portable Appliance Testing)

Portable Appliance Testing is essential as every employer shall ensure that work equipment is maintained and in efficient working order and in good repair. The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 puts the duty of care upon both employer and the employees to ensure the safety of all persons using the work premises – this includes the self-employed.

All Portable equipment must be checked and serviced by a professional or independent company, employees can maintain a high level of housekeeping and user check to minimise the daily risks.

Portable Appliance Testing includes both visual and electrical checks on every portable appliance in the premises, to ensure that they are performing correctly and safely. A visual inspection includes checking of the plug and the cable as well as any other obvious points of interest on the device. Following the visual check, for Class 1 devices will be subject to test electrical signals to identify any faults. Any devices that do not pass the test or are close to failure will be stated in the final report produced following portable appliance testing.

Our highly skilled engineers are trained to current IEE and IET code of practices and all hold City & Guilds or NAPIT qualifications, all engineers are provided with calibrated PrimeTest PAT Testers which allows us to undertake the testing safely and with confidence.

We understand the importance for your company to continue your operations with minimal disruption, our engineers will endeavour to undertake the PAT testing with minimal down time and inform your employees prior to the works being carried out.

Our PAT Testing report incldes:

  • I.D or unique reference number
  • Make of Appliance
  • Serial of Appliance
  • Description of Appliance
  • ILocations and Remarks

Our Inspection & Test infromation included our report:

  • Visual Inspection PASS/FAIL
  • Fuse Size
  • Class 1 / 2
  • Insulation Resistance
  • Earth Leakage
  • Earth Bond Test
  • Test Inspection PASS/FAIL
  • I.D label fitted to appliance PASS/FAIL

All minor repairs will be undertaken at the time of testing by our engineers FREE of charge i.e. fuses, plug tops and cord grips.

Our comprehensive PAT report will be issued in Hard and Electronic formats. Our clients believe its very user friendly and an easy to use document, however we can tailor to your specific requirements if additional information is required.

On completion, our dedicated staff will endeavour to have the report typed and delivered to you with 5-7 working days.

PAT Testing - Frequently Asked Questions

What does PAT testing mean?

PAT testing (Portable Appliance Testing) is the process in which electrical appliances are routinely checked for safety. Appliances that have a plug that are going to be connected to a wall socket or generator need to be PAT tested to insure they're safe to use.

How often should PAT testing be carried out?

We recommend that class 1 equipment should be tested every 48 months. However moveable equipment such as extension leads and portable equipment should be tested every 24 months. This makes sure that there is no electric shock risk.

How much does PAT testing cost?

The cost of PAT testing can vary but most appliances cost £1-£2 to be tested however this depends on the firm's prices. If any cracks or damage to the plug, or excessive damage to the appliance itself that may expose its electrics will fail the test. This means that it the plug may have to be replaced which could cause the cost to increase.

How long does PAT testing take?

The time it takes to carry out the PAT testing can vary on multiple things such as the availability, location and access of the equipment to be tested. A professional engineer can complete up to 30 tests an hour. The most common delay in the testing is the equipment not being switched off by the user prior to the testing.

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