PAT Testing Info

PAT Testing information – useful information regarding portable appliance testing

July 2019

You should read this before getting new electrical equipment PAT tested

By |2020-01-09T20:19:18+00:00July 15th, 2019|PAT Testing Info|

  Do new electrical goods need PAT tested before using? They shouldn't. New equipment should be safe when manufactured, and are tested before leaving the factory, so there should be no need for you to have to PAT test them before using them. Assuming the new equipment has been bought from a bonafide retailer from the European Economic area. [...]

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July 2018

Do we need to PAT test new equipment?

By |2020-01-09T20:34:26+00:00July 25th, 2018|PAT Testing Info|

If I had to give you the answer to this question, I would say "better safe than sorry, get it tested", but ultimately the final decision is yours.  Most people say that you don't need to get new equipment PAT tested but it is up to your company policy If you are confident that the new equipment you have [...]

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April 2018

Portable Appliances must be unplugged to be tested

By |2020-01-09T20:34:39+00:00April 11th, 2018|PAT Testing Info|

How often do you see a PAT tester testing your equipment without unplugging it? It is not possible to test a portable appliance without unplugging it A technician that doesn't unplug an appliance is simply looking at it, or doing even less - he sticks a sticker on and charges you for it. An internal fault won’t be found [...]

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March 2018

PAT testing Server Systems

By |2020-01-09T20:34:56+00:00March 4th, 2018|PAT Testing Info|

  In order to perform a Portable Appliance Test an appliance needs to be shut down and unplugged; this includes server systems. If you don't shut down the server the PAT engineer can't carry out the appropriate tests, so there is no way of knowing if the server is safe. PAT engineers who put labels on servers and record [...]

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How will the PAT Test affect you?

By |2020-01-09T20:35:01+00:00March 4th, 2018|PAT Testing Info|

How will the PAT Test affect you? Hopefully not too much; if we work together we should be able to manage the process so there is as little disruption as possible to you and your team. One good way to do that is for you to have a ‘route plan’ in mind; plan a route around your site that [...]

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December 2017

Have you got messy cables under your desks that need tidying?

By |2020-01-09T20:35:10+00:00December 6th, 2017|PAT Testing Info|

Everyone these days seems to have messy cables on and around their desks; generally caused by the constant addition of new appliances that need a cable to draw power. But no one has time to tidy up the cables to make them neater. If you want neater cables around your desks talk to our engineer about what would be [...]

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November 2017

Guidance on maintaining safe portable appliances

By |2020-01-09T20:35:20+00:00November 10th, 2017|Archived, PAT Testing Info|

Making sure your equipment continues to be safe shouldn't be too difficult, and in most cases you will pass PAT testing if you equipment is maintained; you see, as long as your equipment is as safe on the day of the test as it was the day it was made, the appliance is going to pass. Appliance testing ultimately is [...]

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October 2017

If staff use appliances you provide, away from work, make sure they’re at work when the PAT testing is done

By |2020-01-09T20:35:28+00:00October 18th, 2017|PAT Testing Info|

So you get your office equipment PAT tested, but what about the gear in the vans, or the laptop Joe the sales guy uses at home? Every electrical appliance the company owns needs to be checked to see that it is maintaining a safe standard, whether it is used in work or not. So round up all your equipment [...]

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August 2017

How often should we do a PAT test?

By |2020-01-09T20:35:47+00:00August 1st, 2017|PAT Testing Info|

How often should we do a PAT Test is a topic for discussion on so many occasions, but our best advice is this - Keep it simple Most customers want to know how often PAT testing needs doing for the wrong reasons; it shouldn't be about how much money can be saved. A better question would be: What does [...]

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March 2017

Do other people use your premises?

By |2020-01-09T20:36:25+00:00March 19th, 2017|PAT Testing Info|

Do yo have others using your premises, bringing electrical appliances on site and using them? If you run a hotel and let mobile discos use your premises have you checked to make sure their equipment is safe? Do you run a conference centre where presenters, speakers and trainers present using their electrical appliances? If you allow such people to [...]

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