FAQs – Frequently asked questions about PAT Testing
PAT Testing FAQs
There could be hundreds of PAT Testing FAQs but we have chosen the most popular for this page; each question links through to another page on this site giving a more thorough answer should you require it.
We always recommend though, save yourself the time – simply email or call us to ask your questions.
A PAT test Certificate is like an MOT – it’s only as good as the day it is done; it confirms that the equipment listed was tested, and passed at the time it was tested. After that it is up to you to maintain safe equipment, until the next time it is tested, which is dependent on a risk assessment. (read more…)
If you are sure they came from a reputable supplier than they shouldn’t need PAT testing. 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 (read more…)
It depends on the situation; if there has been an electrical accident at work and you can’t prove that your electrical equipment is safe; it is possible you will. (read more…)
Surge protectors is designed to protect electrical equipment from voltage surges, and they should be used to protect important equipment (more…)
PAT Testing has been systemically carried out in the UK since the 1980s because it is seen as an effective way of minimizing electrical risks in the workplace.
Periodic PAT testing helps organisations to follow Health and Safety Regulations, such as The Electricity at Work Act (1989) and the UK Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (1998).
By having a managed programme for inspection and testing you are more likely to find and deal with potential electrical problems before they become too much of a major issue.
Electrical systems and equipment left unchecked are likely to degrade which could lead to further issues – both financially and in terms of health and safety legislation.
When the plug can’t be accessed we can carry out an earth continuity test on the appliance, using the nearest socket or spur.
If the appliance is wired directly into the mains, we can also test that, but there is a bit more involved in that process so see our page on Fixed Appliance Testing.
It is always recommended that the equipment of other users of your facility have their equipment tested – how do you know it is safe otherwise? If their equipment starts a fire will your insurers validate the claim?
Electrical equipment should be tested inline with a risk assessment.
Risk assessments should be carried out on the electrical equipment you use, to determine the most appropriate testing procedures.
We do not turn off or shut down server systems – it is up to you to do that.
We recommend you make arrangements for your server to be shutdown to be tested either for this appointment, or we can arrange a more convenient out of hours solution. A server system should be tested at least once in five years.
If the server can’t be turned off (or has been tested once in the last five years) we will carry out the best visual inspection we can on each part of the appliance.
We may carry out a thermal survey on the server – we don’t provide you with images of this, unless excessive hot spots are detected
We don’t turn back on servers that have been turned off – its up to you to do that
Yes; we do not do this as standard, but if you require microwave ovens testing, let us know.