An Introduction To Portable Appliance Testing
What is Portable Appliance Testing?
PAT Testing or Portable Appliance Testing is a major part of a companies health and safety policy. Health and safety regulations state preventing harm to workers and other personnel on your property through well maintained electrical appliances is paramount. Manufacturers of portable appliances can recommend testing at regular intervals to ensure continued safety of their products.
Why do you need testing?
The Health & Safety Executive states that 25% of all re-portable electrical accidents involve portable appliances. The Electricity at Work Regulations place a legal responsibility on employers, employees and self-employed persons to comply with the provisions of the regulations. Taking reasonably practicable steps to ensure that no danger results from the use of such equipment.
Frequency of testing?
Regular PAT (portable appliance testing) and routine user inspections, will provide reasonably practicable steps to keep appliances in good working order. This will help prevent any injury or harm to personnel on your property. The frequency of testing for each item will heavily vary. If you are unsure how often you need testing to ensure safety of your portable appliances we are happy to advise – so you do not over test. Contact us, even if you are not an EIS customer, we’ll explain what is legally required of you and how your business or property can ensure electrical safety.
How do we PAT test?
All of our engineers have been trained to carry out their tests in an active working environment. This means they will cause minimal disruption to your staff throughout their working day, whilst still ensuring all appliances are tested efficiently. Our inspection and tests meet the guidance requirements provided in the IET Code of Practise for in-service inspection and testing of electrical equipment. Items tested will be assigned a unique ID and provided within a report.
After testing is complete, a certificate and asset register will be provided.