Your Questions Answered

We get these questions asked a lot; perhaps you have other questions – ask them in the comments section and we will respond. 

Why do electrical appliances need PAT testing?

Electrical appliances need PAT testing to maintain safety standards – an appliance that is not safe is dangerous; a dangerous appliance starts fires or gives the user an electric shock. A PAT test will find faults that make the appliance dangerous; the engineer is then able to take action to remove the danger.

You need to get your electrical appliances PAT Tested to keep them safe.

Is PAT Testing really required by law?  

In the United Kingdom anyone providing or using electrical equipment in a workplace environment (including rental property) is legally required to ensure that the supplied appliances maintain appropriate safety standards – the most common method for doing this is the process of Portable Appliance Testing, also known as PAT testing.

The Electricity At Work Regulations require that all electrical systems (mains wiring and appliances) maintain safe standards and undergo periodic inspections and testing to confirm safety:

Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) for mains wiring including hard wired appliances, and

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) for appliances that can be easily disconnected from the mains using a plug and socket system

Regulations for safe equipment cover all workplaces including offices, schools, rented property, industrial and building sites, shops, etc – no where is exempt.

Do appliances need PAT testing every year?

Electrical equipment should be inspected and tested at periodic intervals appropriate to the risks associated with the equipment and environment they are used in; this could be anywhere from being checked by the user before every use, inspected and or tested every 3 months up to every 5 years by a competent suitably trained person.

Do you charge to check sockets?

No, some companies charge you to report damaged sockets – If we come across a broken or faulty wall socket we’ll tell you about it.

What needs PAT Testing?

Any electrical appliance that can be removed from the main electricity by unplugging it needs regular PAT tests carried out on it to ensure it is continuing to be safe to use.

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.

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 – read more here

Who is responsible at my work for safe appliances?

You are – read more here

Will the PAT test disrupt us?

Hopefully it won’t affect you too much, but when computers and other appliances need turning off there is an element of disruption that can’t be prevented, although we do our best to keep this to a minimum. Read more here

We don’t want to turn off our servers, what do we do? 

If you can make arrangements to turn off your servers, that is always best, but this article on PAT testing server systems may prove useful to you. 

I’m a landlord, can you tell me about the service you offer me?

Of course; we provide an excellent service for landlords – we help you to protect yourself and your tenant by keeping your appliances in a good condition on your behalf. Read more about our Landlords PAT Testing service. 

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