At Electrol we can carry out portable appliance testing in your workplace and provide you with a detailed report of your electrcial equipment - We can also provide a service to train your staff in the Poratable Appliance Testing process and they can gain a vocationally recognised City & Guilds Certificate
PAT Testing is one of those services you wont appreciate until you need it - If your business has a PAT Testing programe in place then you have peace of mind.
Testing your Electrical Appliances on a regular basis (even if fixed to the installation) is an essential recommendation for all businesses; Imagine you have a fire in your office, shop or factory which was caused by a faulty electrical appliance – what would the costs be to you or your businees to ? Loss of trade, loss of stock, loss of paperwork - how could you recover ? The cost to your business is probably a lot more than it would have cost to get the appliance PAT Tested; regular testing can find faults before they become a risk.
Would your insurance company pay out on your claim if you can’t prove that the electrical appliance had been inspected regularly and correctly maintained? Many won’t. A PAT Testing programme in place could improve your chances of a winning claim.
PAT Testing is required by “The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998″ which relates to all electrical equipment used in the workplace states: “Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.” In order to comply with this the employer needs to be able to ensure that all equipment used by staff is safe, whether this be a hair dryer, kettle, computer or circular saw
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
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition. However, the Regulations do not specify what needs to be done, by whom or how frequently (ie they don't make inspection or testing of electrical appliances a legal requirement, nor do they make it a legal requirement to undertake this annually)
This is dependant on the number of appiances in your business, there is a one-off charge for the preparation of the official registers and then a charge per item. Please contact us to find out more.