PAT Testing – Portable Appliance Testing
Portable Appliance Testing aka PAT testing is the number one solution for ensuring electrical equipment is maintaining safe standards for continued use; which is a requirement of the Electricity at Work Regulations.
Which means you getting your equipment PAT tested is the number one solution for you as it helps you comply with the regulations.
How often you get PAT testing done depends on your own risk assessment, the recommendations of the HSE and the guidance of your PAT engineer, as a competent person following the IET’s Code of Practice guidance.
If you need your electrical equipment PAT testing, get in touch with us today and we’ll contact you to make an appointment – we come to you, and test your equipment in-situ. After the work is complete we’ll send you a PDF Portable Appliance Testing Certificate including itemised results report.
Portable Appliance Testing Information
Portable Appliance Testing
Electrical equipment supplied for use at work, or equipment used/owned by a business or organisation for other use, must be maintained for safe continued use; the appliances must maintain expected safety levels and be used appropriately, they must also be fit for purpose. For example a circular saw in a factory must be for industrial use, not one intended for domestic use once a year!
Maintaining safe equipment is the responsibility of the business owner or nominated duty holder in the company or organisation.
This regulation, which is part of UK health and safety laws, applies to anyone supplying equipment for use at work or by a business, so that includes people working from home, people who use their equipment in other company premises (such as mobile disco‘s in hotels), small businesses, charitable organisations, and all other industries.
Any electrical equipment, and it is rare to find anywhere without something nowadays, must maintain safe standards. The easiest, and most recognised method for checking appliances are safe is a process called inspection and testing of electrical equipment; more commonly referred to as PAT testing.
The full term, Portable Appliance Testing, is however being phased out as it is misleading, as in fact all electrical appliances require safety testing, not just those that are portable.
This includes all appliances fitted with a plug, as well as those that are hard-wired directly into the mains via a spur unit; in addition it includes appliances that are supplied via industrial connectors, or adaptors, usually coloured yellow, blue and red.
Portable Appliance Testing
At DRA PAT Testing we aim to verify, as far as is reasonably practical that your electrical equipment is in a safe condition to satisfy the requirements of BS EN ISO 9001:2000 and to comply with The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, The Electricity at Work (Northern Ireland) 1991and the latest HSE Guidelines, as well as being used appropriately for continued use.
To ensure best practice is maintained we recommend inspection and testing is carried out on annual basis, although we do work with our clients to recommend the most appropriate PAT testing frequencies based on the associated risks, in-house procedures and insurance requirements.
PAT testing includes a thorough visual inspection of every appliance to check for:
- Damage to the plug
- An incorrectly wired plug
- An incorrectly rated fuse
- Damage to the flexible cable
- Damage to the appliance itself
Then dependent on the appliance appropriate tests are carried out to check the internal systems are functioning, including:
- Earth Continuity
- Insulation Resistance
Additional tests can include functional checks and testing Microwave Ovens for emissions, power and temperature rise.
If a repair is needed and can be completed during the testing, such as repairing or replacing faulty plugs and fuses, we will do this automatically and additional costs will not be passed on to you.
Appliances that can’t be repaired
If an appliance can’t be repaired it will fail our tests. This doesn’t mean it is no good, as a specialist engineer may be able to fix it; our engineer will recommend the best course of action.
Comprehensive Reports and PAT Testing Certificates
Following the completed testing, we produce an itemised report of all items tested, with appliances numbers that refer to the numbers on the labels we discreetly stick to your appliances (we remove the old labels too), broken down into locations of your site. This report also includes the PAT Testing Certificate of compliance. The report is issued within 5 working days in most cases. Same day reports can be organised but must be requested at time of booking.
We work with you to minimise disruption
Some disruption cannot be prevented as all appliances need to be unplugged to be tested, but we will work with you to ensure this is kept to a minimum. We also offer weekend appointments which may make things easier for you.
We come to you every time
Every appliance that needs testing, we will do in-situ – that means we come to you.
About our service
When a DRA PAT Testing engineer comes to test your electrical equipment you will meet a friendly, professional person who will introduce themselves and explain what they are going to do.
If you can show them around the facility that will be helpful, especially if we’ve not been there before. A tour also helps us to get our bearings and to make sure sufficient time has been allocated for the job.
The engineer will work with you and your team to minimise disruption; if you sit at banks of desks it will be quicker for both of us if the full bank shuts down rather than individually – this reduces the risk of the wrong plug being pulled out for starters!
We will go about doing our work with minimal fuss, quietly beavering away in the background trying not to disturb you; repairing appliances as we go.
If we come across something that can’t be repaired, that needs to be failed we will talk to you about the options available. We don’t just leave it on a desk, and we don’t cut off plugs.
At the end of the job the engineer will review the work that has been done, complete the job sheet and talk it through with you. They’ll ask you to check the disclaimers and sign that you are happy the work is complete and everything is in order. Only then will they leave the site. If the job turned out to be bigger than expected and can’t be completed in the allotted time the engineer will arrange a return visit or refer you to our office who will contact you as soon as possible to arrange a new appointment.
The engineer takes an image of the job sheet and sends it to our office, leaving the original with you.
At the end of the day the engineer downloads the results which are submitted to our office systems, to be turned into your report.
If you have done a risk assessment and know how often you need equipment testing you should advise us before we produce the report; otherwise it will default to a 12-month reminder system. We can work with you to do the risk assessments, acting as your competent person, if required (additional fees do apply)
We check the results, create the report and send it to you as a pdf attached to an email as soon as possible, usually within 5 days.
We will set you up on our system so when equipment is due another test we will contact you to book in a new appointment.
Portable Appliance testing reduces risk
One of the biggest electrical problems in the workplace is the use of portable appliances, such as computers, kettles, toasters, etc. but it is also a problem that is not going to go away. Modern technology is improving all the time so you’d think appliances are getting safer but with the huge surge of cheap (and fake) goods coming onto the market the risks are actually higher – appliances are no longer built to last.
One of the main problems with portable appliances is they each have a flexible insulated cable to connect it to the mains via a plug and socket, that means it can be moved easily. Therefore, it can also be damaged and tampered with easily. Additionally many cables are not permanently connected to an appliance, so can be used elsewhere or come under excessive strain – all increasing the risk of damage.
Because of these risks, portable appliances are responsible for a high proportion of electrical accidents in the workplace.
All our work includes
Free minor repairs
Quick repairs to the plug, fuse and lead completed automatically for no extra charges
Replacement plugs and fuses supplied free
Standard 230v plugs and fuses up to 13amps supplied and fitted free
Guidance for maintaining safe appliances
We work with our clients to maintain safe appliances long term, providing advice and support
Unique ID number for each appliance tested
Every new appliance gets a unique ID number on pre-printed blue pass labels
Itemised report and PAT Testing Certificate
Our report lists all appliances tested, their results and location at your site
Timely reminders when re-tests are due
Notification 1-2 months prior to retest dates so you don’t need to remember
Fixed appliances can be tested too
All electrical appliance types need periodic testing, including those that are wired into the mains via a spur