Do new items need PAT Testing?

You've just bought a new kettle for the office, but you missed the PAT tester, does the kettle need testing now? Will you have to call the tester back out and pay a call out fee?  If you can be sure the new items have been purchased from a reputable supplier, are genuine manufactured and not counterfeit, British Standard with UK plugs on then there is probably no reason to get the item PAT tested before use. If you are at all unsure, then you should. 


How long does office PAT testing take?

If your office is small, with say 5 desks, we'd need around 1.5 hours to complete; if you have 20 desks which is about 150 items we're going to need a bit more time; it could be done in 3-4 hours if conditions are right. We usually estimate to be able to test 30-50 items in an hour in an office, so 200 to 300 is about average per day.   Larger offices, call centres, business centres etc will need a site visit to predict time but as an example an office with 100 desks, is around 750 items, will take a few days to complete for one engineer - we'd probably bring 2-3 to reduce the time on site, however, this will mean more disruption for you as more staff will be off at the same time, so we need to weigh up the best options. 


What does it cost to PAT test the office?

In a normal environment like a small business, a per item rate tends to be best, but if your office is big like a call centre then you'll likely find an hourly/day rate to be more cost effective. In some offices we could test 30-50 items in an hour; on an hourly rate you'll save money, against per item rates. We will quote you for both options and you can decide on the preference, just remember if you choose per item and we end up doing 100 items more than expected, but in the same time, you'll pay for the extra 100 items - if you'd gone for the time-based price; you wouldn't.  Price options: Price per item, or  Hourly/day rate


How do you PAT test servers?

Most offices have a server system which terrifies the office manager when the PAT tester is in - worry no more; we don't switch them off, nor do we insist on it. In fact, if it was safe when it was installed, it's probably safer if we just leave it well alone. A server should be maintained by an IT technician who will keep it in a good working state; even those really messy ones are usually functioning well.  If you can organise a time, even a different day, when the server can be shutdown to be fully tested that would be ideal but because the risk is very low, and the server is in effect a fixed/stationery asset it should only need one test every 4-5 years.  We have the option of a doing a thermal survey to find any unusual hot spots and can check the earth is functioning on the racks.  If you do want the server testing but don't want the disruption we can work with you outside normal business hours to get this job done. 


What equipment needs testing?

Every detachable part of an appliance that requires mains power to operate needs testing, and will be recorded as another item. So for example, a computer workstation has a monitor and PC; each with a detachable IEC lead - so that is 4 items. An extension lead will be another, a second monitor is 2 more items, and so on. When we count how many items will be tested this is what we are counting, and when you are charged on a per item rate you will be charged for each item... if you're unsure how many items you have you may find it more beneficial to pay our hourly rate than a rate per item, as the costs can quickly mount up. 


How do we work out how many items we have to test?

How many items you have is confusing, and you're never going to be able to count everything if you have a big office, but we do need an approximate amount so we know what to quote for and so that we know roughly how long the job will take so we know how much time to allocate for the appointment.  As an example; a PC and monitor combination is 4 items, as there is the PC base unit, plus its power lead, the Monitor screen and its power lead - that's 4 items. If they happen to have low voltage power packs then there may be extra items; if they are powered via an extension lead that is another item. There may be a lamp on the desk, a phone charger, even a printer.. it all adds up.  Around the office there will be other printers, copiers, laminators, heaters, fans, radios, kitchen appliances, etc.  What we do is for every desk (one PC and one Monitor) we multiply that by 8 which gives us a rough idea of how many appliances will be in the full office. So if you have 20 desks, we'll multiply that by 8 to [...]


Are power leads tested as separate items

Power leads that detach from an appliances, such as the IEC lead from the PC, the lead is tested on its own as a separate item. This is because the lead could be faulty, which would affect the results of the PC test, but also as the lead or PC could be moved and be used attached to a different appliance or lead. The lead is considered to be an appliance on its own.   When counting how many items for testing you have, remember to count the leads. 

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