We provide PAT testing services to all types of business in Newcastle upon Tyne and across the North East. Our service of carrying out formal visual inspections by experienced Appliance Inspectors backed up by PAT tests using industry leading equipment helps you to ensure your electrical appliances are maintained to the safety standard required by the Health and Safety Executive.
Electrical appliances start off life perfectly safe, but over time they can deteriorate to such an extent that there is a real risk of electric shock to a user or the appliance catching fire. Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) ensures electrical appliances are safe to be used (much like an MOT checks your car is safe to be driven).
Appliance inspections are recognised as the best way to manage electrical appliance maintenance and they:
- Help to reduce the risk of fires
- Reduce the risk of electric shock to users
- Are a legal requirement for the workplace
We’re an experienced provider with a proven track record for providing appliance testing at a high standard; we can provide you with a PAT testing quote that will ensure you get the service you need and the PAT Testing Certificate to confirm your appliances are safe.
Why do we do Appliance Testing?
Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (aka Portable Appliance Testing), completed through a formal visual inspection and when appropriate a PAT test will find faults in electrical appliances that may otherwise go unnoticed; doing this on a regular basis will help you remain compliant with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and ensure appliances provided are safe to be used.
What is a “Portable Appliance”?
It is a common misconception that all appliances are portable; various different appliances fall under the remit of inspection and testing, which is commonly referred to as portable appliance testing. These include appliances that are fixed such as a hand-drier, those that rarely move like a fridge as well as those that are hand-held in use such as a drill. Every appliance that uses electricity for power and is designed to be moved at some point in its life, requires a degree of safety checking.
What does the law say?
The Electricity at Work Regulations (1989) require electrical systems to be maintained so that they are safe during use; this includes the mains wiring and electrical appliances. We can help you to ensure both your electrical appliances, and fixed wiring installation remain safe to be used.
Portable appliance testing confirms whether an electrical appliance is safe, whilst fixed installation testing confirms whether the wiring in a building is safe.
How often do we need PAT testing?
Our PAT Testing Frequency pages give an overview of how we determine how often appliances need checking, by considering the risk factors involved with using different types of appliance in different environments.
“25% of all reportable electrical accidents are caused by portable appliances”