FAQs – Frequently asked questions about PAT Testing
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.