PAT Testing | Portable Appliance Testing
Our PAT testing service gives you peace of mind that your electrical appliances are safe, and will continue to be safe as long as we are regularly checking them, leaving your mind free to concentrate on the things that matter most to you.
The process of PAT testing, also known as portable appliance testing includes:
- A visual inspection where we look for any visual damage to the appliance, lead and plug which may cause a fault or danger and also check the internal parts of the plug – this is the most important part of the testing process.
- Tests using a PAT tester, which includes earth continuity, insulation resistance and lead polarity to help find any internal faults, not visual.
- A functional check of the appliance when tests have completed, to make sure the appliance turns on as it should.
During the inspection process, if any faults are found we will do our best to repair them, providing the requirement is within scope.
If a fault cannot be repaired, we will fail the appliance and recommend further action.
What needs PAT testing?
The HSE says that there is no legal definition of portable equipment, and the portable in portable appliance testing refers to equipment that is intended to be connected to a generator or a fixed installation by means of a flexible cable and either a plug and socket or a spur box, or similar means; including equipment that is either hand-held or hand-operated while connected to the supply, intended to be moved while connected to the supply, or likely to be moved while connected to the supply.
Extension leads, plugs and sockets, and cables that supply portable equipment are classified as portable equipment because they operate in the same environment and are subject to the same use as the equipment they serve. Portable equipment also includes appliances which have been fixed for security purpose such as those in public areas of hotels and changing rooms, e.g. kettles, hairdryers, hand dryers, lamps etc. The electrical supply to the equipment is assumed to be at a voltage that can give a fatal electrical shock, ie more than 50 V ac or 120 V dc.
The following types of appliance all need PAT Testing:
- Fixed equipment
- Stationery equipment
- IT equipment
- Movable equipment under 18kg
- Portable equipment
- Hand-held equipment
Why DRA PAT Testing?
Benefit of working with a local business
Familiarity between you, the engineer, and your site
Evenings and weekend appointments
Automatic reminder service for retests
Replacement plugs and fuses supplied free
Free remedial repairs
Report and Certificate issued promptly, before the invoice
Images of failed appliances and advice on action to take
On-going advice for improving safety systems
Ongoing support and risk assessed test intervals
Risk-based PAT Testing
By getting appliances tested periodically, you can confirm that equipment is safe, and the more often it is done the less likely a fault will arise. Of course, if an appliance never or rarely moves, the chances of a fault arising are slim, making it low risk, and thus the regular need for testing decreases, increasing the intervals between tests. But, you don’t need to worry about that – if you use us for your appliance testing we’ll remove those worries from your mind, and take control of the process for you, simply telling you when we’re coming and what we need from you. After that we’ll update you of any issues that we couldn’t resolve, and provide you with up to date reports confirming your compliance with the regulations.