According to a survey; 56% of microwave ovens used for more than 2 years can leak levels of radiation 10% higher than the safety standard of 5mW/cm² regulated by the FDA and EPA.
In 2012 the need for microwave emissions tests to be carried out during a PAT Test was removed, but some cheap price suppliers still do them as they can charge up to £10-£15.00 to carry them out; but there is no need. The results are inconclusive and the machines used are generally cheap and ineffective.
As a result we do not do microwave emissions testing.
However, the functionality of commercial ovens can decline over time with constant use so it is still recommended that ovens be checked for power and temperature rise. To do this requires specialist equipment, that we have, so we can offer this service.
It is not something we do automatically so don’t carry the equipment usually, so if you want this, please get in touch so we can arrange it for you.
Microwave oven emissions testing checks that the levels of radiation emitted from the machine are within recommended guidelines. The radiation limit is set to 5 milliwatts per square centimetre at approximately 5 centimetres from the oven.
After time and use the door seals of an oven can wear down and become faulty, which affects performance of the oven.
We use appropriate equipment to ensure your oven operates in accordance with:
- BSEN60335-2-5 2002 Requirements for Microwave Ovens
- The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
- The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
You will receive a certificate confirming the microwave oven is safe
DRA PAT Testing conduct microwave oven testing in Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland, Durham and across the North East
Visit our PAT testing information page for more info