What is PAT testing?
PAT testing is a system where 240 volt mains and 110 volt electrical appliances are routinely tested for safety. Commonly known as 'in-service inspection and testing of electrical equipment', portable appliance testing is made up of several smaller tests, including a thorough visual inspection (over 95% of unsafe appliances are highlighted at this stage), earth resistance & continuity tests, an insulation resistance test and (power cords & extension leads) a polarity check. Combined with regular user-checks, this process is used to reduce risk of fire or electric shock within businesses of all descriptions.
Why PAT test?
Quite simply, each business has duty of care towards its staff and other visitors or customers to ensure the electrical equipment they come into contact with is maintained in a safe manner. PAT testing is not mentioned explicitly in UK law, but several legal acts are considered, and a simple way to fulfil the requirements of these acts is to test on a regular basis. Insurance companies or your landlord may also specify that you must test, or 'take all reasonable precautions' to ensure safety standards are complied with.
How often should I test?
The idea that it must be done once per year is a myth which has been manipulated over the years by unscrupulous PAT test companies looking to generate more income. It is actually up to the duty holder (Company Director or Safety Manager, for example) to risk assess the different types of appliances they have within their companies, and the different types of environments they are used in and make an informed decision. The Institute of Engineering & Technology issue guidelines as a good starting point, but if you are unsure we're happy to help and advise our customers with this free of charge.
How Much does it cost?
Contact us for a quote and you will be pleasantly surprised. All remedial work is carried out Free of Charge, and a full asset database is also provided at no extra cost!
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