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.
Battery operated appliances, and those directly wired to the mains are not considered portable from the mains and thus do not require a portable appliance test.
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.
DRA PAT Testing will attend at a time agreed by you and will inspect every appliance including the plug, fuse, case, lead and the usage environment. We will change plugs and fuses as necessary at an agreed nominal charge. Each appliance is comprehensively tested to meet the exacting requirements of the IET code of practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment. We use the latest, fully calibrated, computerised Portable Appliance testing equipment.
Portable Appliance Testing
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do we need to have appliances tested?
You don’t need to have appliances tested, but you should do something to ensure your appliances are safe – the easiest, most recognised, and generally cheapest option is to have a PAT Test carried out on them.
A PAT test is a good way for landlords to ensure appliances they provide as part of a tenancy agreement are safe; that they are meeting their legal obligations to maintain high standards of electrical safety in their rented property.
Is PAT Testing a Legal Requirement?
No it’s not; PAT testing is the solution to a legal requirement – you are required, legally, to maintain electrical equipment to a safe standard – PAT testing is recognised as the best method to check equipment is safe
What is a “Portable” appliance?
For an appliance to be deemed portable it must have be able to be removed from the mains electricity supply by removing a plug from a socket; or intended to be used in such a way. Some appliances you wouldn’t normally deem portable because you can’t easily move them are still classed as portable appliances are require these checks.
What does Portable Appliance Testing involve?
A portable appliance test is carried out to check an appliance is safe, to make sure it is suitable for what it is being used for, and where. The competent person (PAT engineer) will carry out a formal visual inspection of the appliance, its plug and lead, then when necessary (all class I equipment, and some class II) inject test signals into the cable and appliance to check the internal integrity.
What if my equipment is faulty?
If we find an appliance to have a fault, if possible we will repair it free of charge; this includes carrying out standard repairs, changing fuses and plugs.
Do I get a PAT Testing Certificate?
On completion of the inspection and testing you will receive a PAT Testing Certificate and report.
How often should we get PAT Testing done?
How often appliances need a PAT test is dependent on the risks associated with the equipment