What is PAT Testing
PAT Testing, or Portable Appliance Testing, must be undertaken in order for companies to fully comply with the Electricity At Work Regulations.
Electrical Testing is required because, during everyday use, electrical appliances can become worn or damaged. This can result in appliances becoming unsafe - so a proper maintenance schedule is essential for businesses. PAT Testing, is therefore a documented method of electrical maintenance which companies are required to undertake on all their portable appliances.
What Is A Portable Appliance?
PAT Testing Regulations
The only certain method of ensuring that electrical appliances are safe is to have them tested by a qualified person using calibrated Portable Appliance Testing Equipment.
The inspection and testing of in-service electrical equipment (Portable Appliance Testing) was introduced to enable businesses to comply with the regulations.
The Health & Safety Executive offers no absolute rules on the frequency of the testing and inspection of portable appliances. The frequency of the inspection and testing will depend upon the appliance, its location and use. Most businesses opt for annual testing this is the generally accepted interval.
Risk of fire and injury due to faulty electrical equipment is minimised.
Insurance companies cannot dispute claims for damage through fire because of insufficient electrical maintenance.
How Often Is PAT Testing Carried Out?
As a rule of thumb though a large drill in a busy workshop will require more regular electrical testing than a computer within an office environment.
What Is The Testing Procedure?
Each item of electrical equipment is given an individual number and identified with a sticker. This will ensure that the item can be tracked and provides a clear indication of its pass / fail status.
Does Testing Disrupt The Workplace?
A competent person needs to be provided by the customer to meet our technician, advise on any health and safety issues when working at the customers premises and also to ensure the availability of appliances for pat testing - to ensure that any critical information or data has been protected/backed up prior to the start of inspection and testing and to ensure that all key systems and appliances are returned to a fully operational state at the end of the inspection and testing process.
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