In order to comply with electrical safety regulations every workplace needs to ensure all electrical equipment is safe to use; this can be powered by the mains or battery powered equipment.
However, battery powered equipment such as laptops, mobile phones, even battery powered tools; do not fall under the remit of portable appliance testing, as they do not have and are not designed to operate whilst connected to the mains power via a plug and socket scenario.
So your PAT tester won’t test these items unless you tell them to, so it is your responsibility to ensure these appliances are repaired if they get damaged in any way.
However, even though the appliance won’t be tested the lead and power adaptors do need checking; so we will test these to make sure these are safe. In fact it is on things like laptop chargers that we often find faults.
It’s natural to wrap up a laptop lead to shove it in a bag, and doing this constantly leads to the cable getting damaged. This is a regular issue in our work, as it is usually something that cannot be repaired, so we have to advise clients to buy a replacement.
Similar with phone chargers, as people have to replace the original they buy a cheap replacement, which often turns out to be counterfeit which are not as well built and become a fire risk.
So it is important that you have user checks conducted in your workplace. A user check is something carried out by the user periodically when they use electrical equipment.
How often this is done is dependent on the risk of using the appliance or continuing to use it.
If you want to implement user checks in your workplace, have a word with us.