Blogs to help you improve the health and safety in your offices; mainly regarding electrical equipment
Personal equipment brought into work does need PAT testing, treat it like work equipment.
You are responsible for electrical equipment used at work, whether you have supplied it or not.
What would happen if that appliance caught fire or caused an accident – would you be protected if you hadn’t checked the appliance was safe?
Consider this: You take action to ensure your equipment is maintaining safety standards by getting regular PAT testing carried out; your insurance company is happy. Someone uses your premises (e.g. a DJ in a hotel) and their equipment has not been maintained; a fire starts and your premises are destroyed… are you insured?
If you allow anyone to bring their own electrical equipment onto your premises to be used, make sure it is safe – insist on seeing their up to date PAT records. If they can’t supply it, then get them to get their equipment tested before they bring it onto the premises. Want to be sure the job is done well – give them our contact details.
This applies to your staff bringing their own equipment to work, and contractors bringing tools and cleaning equipment for example.
Personal equipment: If you allow staff to bring personal equipment to work it should also be PAT tested – imagine if that appliance started a fire, and you have no evidence it had maintained safety standards.
Contractors: The same applies to contractors – their equipment should be tested before being used on their site; so make sure they have and supply you with in-date PAT certificates.
Specialist in Portable Appliance Testing – PAT Testing Offices
We specialise in PAT testing offices; PAT testing computers is relatively easy to do, and shouldn’t cause too much disruption to your team, although in big offices it’s sometimes better for all of us to do the work outside your normal hours.
Being specialists at Pat testing computers we have the specialist equipment, so we know we’re not going to damage your appliances, nor will be disconnect your servers unless you authorise it first!
PAT testing Offices – We’re a specialist portable appliance testing company, covering the North East of England.
Speak to us about what we can do for you, we will be able to show you where and how we can save you money by eradicating unnescessary testing.
We provide simple and cost effective solutions to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes to help comply with the Electricity at Work Regulations.
Effective Portable appliance testing provides you with assurances that your electrical equipment is safe to be used, and thus complies with the regulations.
We work with our clients to not only check their equipment is safe, but to ensure it meets the recommendations of the Health and Safety executive.
If you want to ensure you comply with the regulations then you need your portable appliances to be safe, the best way to be sure that is the case, is to get PAT Testing done on a regular basis.
We are based in Newcastle upon Tyne, and cover the whole of the North East of England including Gateshead, Washington, Sunderland and Durham.
- One-off PAT testing available
- Best practice recommends annual PAT testing
- HSE recommended PAT testing intervals & managed programmes
- Free repairs & faulty socket reports
- PAT Testing Certificate and appliance register issued for every client
Electricity can kill – faulty electrical appliances may not protect the user from the electricity passing through it; regular appliance testing will find faults and help to prevent accidents.
Reduce the chances of disruption with out of hours PAT testing
PAT Testing when you’re off work – out of hours PAT Testing at weekends or overnight; when you’re not there actually makes the job easier for us, and reduces disruption for you, which is why we offer out of hours work as standard.
PAT Testing when you’re off work
If we have to test your office when all your staff are there on a Friday it’s much easier to test when none of them are there on a Sunday.
If staff aren’t there we can pull out all the cables, make the monitors and computers easy to access and not have to work around your staff – it makes our job easier.
Experience has shown us that PAT testing when you’re off work is particularly affective when we’re PAT testing offices.
A few years ago we tested all the equipment in a call centre; over 5000 items, done during the week when the staff were working – we tried organising for out of hours but the boss their at the time was having none of it.
The job turned into a logistical nightmare; trying to get staff to give up their phones even though arrangements had been made for them to sit at one desk as we tested another. It ended up taking twice as long as it should have.
When it was due to be done again we were reluctant to go back under those circumstances and so to try to get our own way we reiterated all the past problems to the manage, and thankfully he agreed that we could do the work overnight. It was agreed that we would go into the building at 9pm when the last shift finished, and leave at 6am the next morning as the first shift began. This meant for 9 hour night shifts, which at first were a shock to the system but as the days and nights passed it got easier.
In the end it took us 5 nights to get the job done; compared to 3 weeks when we did days!
Some people have asked, if our job is easier how come we don’t discount the price – well we’re already giving up a weekend on night with our families, so surely that’s enough.
We’ll work outside of normal hours including:
- Early Mornings
- Later evenings
- Bank Holidays
If you want to minimise disruption to your business; book us to do our PAT Testing when you’re off work.
PAT Testing is a process for ensuring electrical portable appliances are safe to be used; office equipment, also known as IT equipment such as computers, monitors and printers require regular portable appliance tests to ensure they remain safe for use; you may think there is a low risk in your office but how many people sit at their seats kicking the PC or digging their heels into the cables. PAT Testing IT equipment is essential to reduce the risk of injury or accidents, especially in those offices where the computers rarely move or when you don’t have an in-house IT department.
PAT Testing IT Equipment by Specialists
We specialise in PAT Testing IT equipment; IT equipment is sensitive and the PAT Tester needs to be aware of that, and thus take sensible precautions to ensure they don’t do any damage to the equipment – a number of our clients run call centres which have hundreds and thousands of pieces of electrical equipment.
PAT testing IT equipment should be done at least every 12 months, although in some very low risk environments or when a proper maintenance regime is in place this could be less often. The easiest time for us to perform the testing is when your office is closed; we work overnight at no extra costs to you. Doing this reduces the disruption to your business, as fewer people need to shut down their computer and leave their workstation.
When we are PAT Testing IT equipment, we begin with a visual inspection followed by the appropriate electrical tests using the PAT Testing machine.
This is a short instructional video on how to PAT Test IT equipment; PAT Testing a computer monitor:
This is a video on how to perform a PAT Test on a computer:
Getting your IT equipment tested is your choice, and how often it is done comes down to your risk assessment but legislation strongly encourages regular action.
Adhering to the regulations is only one reason to have IT equipment tested for electrical safety. Many people are injured and/or killed each year due to handling electrical equipment that is not safe. Ensuring the safety of your portable IT equipment is in our opinion, the best reason to get PAT Testing done regularly.
Learn more about our office PAT testing