When you need your catering van electrics checking we can help you – we can test the appliances such as fridges, water boilers, etc and if needed we can also test the mains supply and provide you with an EICR document.
Catering vans undergo rigorous testing because of the nature of their use; appliances and the mains wiring can get damaged due to excessive use, cables and plugs being regularly plugged in and pulled out; usually more often than in more static environments, excessive heat and cold from being in storage etc.
Also the mains connection needs testing more often than a standard building as the mains supply isn’t permanent, and the connector cable tends to be outside, unprotected, trailing on the ground etc and so more prone to damage.
This is probably going to shock you. Here at DRA PAT testing we like to promise you ‘No shocks with us‘ so it’s important we get this out of the way now.
Guidance tells us that as a minimum requirement the electrics on catering vans should be inspected and tested by a skilled, competent person; annually.
Yes that’s right – every year.
That goes for the appliances AND the inbound main power system.
For a trailer, as it is mobile, the mains power usually is fed in via a plug and socket combination, often off an industrial coupler device which generally runs at 230 volts, will be blue / grey in colour and 32amps. Sometimes this may differ.
This then powers the van via a small fuse board.
Guidance goes on to tell us that a visual inspection should be carried out on the connecting cable and all plugs and socket outlets before each and every use of the unit – are you doing this? Most people don’t, but you should.
The results of said visual inspection should be entered into a log-book as a permanent record of the condition of the electrical equipment.
You can bet that an insurance company will swerve any claim for fire / shock or injury if this certification is not kept updated or allowed to lapse.
Chances are you were not aware of this rule; we know that most owners are not, so we recommend you keep your certification and internal log books up to date, to protect yourself, staff and your business.
We can help you with this – get in touch to discuss your situation and arrange for this work to be carried out.