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  • 1-50 items – £70.00
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– All staff fully vetted
– Fully qualified engineers
– Professional service
– Full record provided of tested equipment
– All tested equipment labelled
– Free guide on how often testing should be completed.

WHAT IS PORTABLE APPLIANCE TESTING?

Portable appliance testing (PAT) is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use. Most electrical safety defects can be found by visual examination but some types of defect can only be found by testing. However, it is essential to understand that visual examination is an essential part of the process because some types of electrical safety defect can’t be detected by testing alone. A relatively brief user check (based upon simple training and perhaps assisted by the use of a brief checklist) can be a very useful part of any electrical maintenance regime. However, more formal visual inspection and testing by a competent person may also be required at appropriate intervals, depending upon the type of equipment and the environment in which it is used.

HOW FREQUENTLY DO I NEED TO
TEST MY ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES?

The frequency of inspection and testing depends upon the type of equipment and the environment it is used in. For example, a power tool used on a construction site should be examined more frequently than a lamp in a hotel bedroom. We reccoment this is done yearly.

DO I NEED TO KEEP RECORDS OF TESTING
AND SHOULD I LABEL ANY APPLIANCES TESTED?

A record will be provided along with equipment being labelled that it has been tested. This can be a useful management tool for monitoring and reviewing the effectiveness of the maintenance scheme – and to demonstrate that a scheme exists.

I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT I HAVE TO GET AN ELECTRICIAN TO DO PORTABLE APPLIANCE TESTING WORK. IS THAT CORRECT?
AND SHOULD I LABEL ANY APPLIANCES TESTED?

The person doing testing work needs to competent to do it. Our team is professionally trained and qualified to carry out PAT testing.

IS PORTABLE APPLIANCE TESTING (PAT) COMPULSORY??

The law simply requires an employer to ensure that their electrical equipment is maintained in order to prevent danger. Employers should take a risk-based approach, considering the type of equipment and what it is being used for. If it is used regularly and moved a lot e.g. a floor cleaner or a kettle, testing (along with visual checks) can be an important part of an effective maintenance regime giving employers confidence that they are doing what is necessary to help them meet their legal duties. HSE provides guidance on how to maintain equipment including the use of PAT.

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