Fixed electrical appliances – every business premises and home will have at least one, no doubt, but also as likely, it will never have had a safety check since it was installed.
Inspection and Testing is a process required to check electrical equipment is safe to use; it covers portable and fixed appliances.
Portable appliances have plugs; they are portable from the mains – the plugs could be normal 3-pin 13amp plugs, or they could be yellow 110v adaptors, blue 230v adaptors or red 400v adaptors. Sometimes they are something else entirely, but they are always capable of being unplugged by anyone, without the need for an electrician.
Portable appliances are usually checked by a PAT tester – that’s what we do. You can find out more about our PAT testing service here.
Fixed appliances are different and there is a never ending argument about who should be checking them – the PAT tester or the electrician who does the Electrical Installation Inspection (EICR)
A fixed appliance, has been fixed to the mains via a fused spur unit, hard wired, so it can’t be removed without the intervention of an electrician or other competent person. Most of the time a PAT tester has not been trained to do such a task, and that is not a bad reflection on them, because they don’t need to be. It is the PAT tester’s job to PAT test portable appliances, and that is what he does, usually very well. Fixed appliances should only be fully tested by someone competent to work on hard wired electrical installations – an electrician ideally.