All businesses that provides electrical equipment to be used must take steps to ensure that the equipment maintains safe standards, so as not to put persons or property at risk from accident, incident or fire.
An appropriate and acceptable preventative measure is the process of PAT or Portable Appliance Testing; the process of “PAT Testing” corrects any faults, removes any dangers and confirms appliances are safe to use, thus covers all the requirements of ensuring appliances are safe.
A portable appliance is any electrical appliance that is fitted with a plug and socket combination to take power from the mains electricity supply including:
- Appliances with plugs attached to their fixed leads
- Appliances that use detachable leads
- Detachable leads
- Switching power supplies
Plugs can be the standard plugs we all use at home and work or industrial plugs that are usually coloured blue, red or yellow but take a different form to what most of us are used to, for safety and usage reasons.
Portable Appliance testing is vital to protect your business and its employees. Electrical safety obligations are not limited to businesses premises though; landlords are also responsible for ensuring the safety of all appliances they provide for their tenants.
Portable Appliance Testing Service
We provide Portable Appliance Testing services to business across the North East of England.
All appliances need to be disconnected from the mains supply in order to be inspected or tested; a plugged in appliance cannot be tested so all equipment will need to be turned off.
We appreciate this may disrupt your business but the disruption would be minimal compared to how much if there was a fire later… test work cannot be undertaken unless it is safe to do so; for safety of the engineer the appliance must be shut down. If it’s preferable our work can be undertaken outside of normal working hours.
Minor faults found during the course of the inspection can be repaired and the appliance re-tested. More serious faults will be reported to the duty holder or appropriate person.
All items that pass the inspection and testing procedure will be marked with a safety label stating the appliance ID number, test date, our contact details and telephone number. On completion of the testing, within 7 days you will be sent a full PAT Testing Report by PDF attached to an email.
All of our work comes with these three important assurances
- Our engineers are fully qualified
- The business has full public liability insurance
- All testing is done in accordance with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Code of Practice.
PAT Testing is a way of maintaining electrical appliances and it:
- Reduces the risk of fires
- Reduces the risk of electric shock
- Finds dangerous and defective equipment
- Provides records of maintanence
- Confirms safety
- Helps you comply with legal regulations