Risk Based PAT Testing

No More Yearly Testing - Not Everything Needs Testing

The HSE's Recommended Approach to PAT Testing

 

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PAT Testing in West Yorkshire

 

No more automatic annual PAT testing and not everything needs to be tested.

 

Save as much as 75% on the cost of PAT Testing.

 

Risk Based Portable Appliance Testing covering Leeds, Wakefield, Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Castleford & Pontefract or anywhere in West Yorkshire.

 

Our engineers are Seaward & PASS certified as well as being Enhanced DBS Checked.

What Is Portable Appliance Testing

 

Appliances do not actually need to be "portable" to be require electrical testing, all electrical appliances require some level of inspection and/or testing.  PAT Testing is an important part of any health & safety policy.  The Health & Safety Executive states that 25% of all reportable electrical accidents involve portable appliances and it maybe your responsibility to ensure electrical safety.

 

Portable Appliance Testing is not a legal requirement, but electrical safety is as stated in the Electricity at Work Act 1989 and PAT testing helps you meet those requirements.  The Electricity at Work Act 1989 and the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 do not make any exception for the size, nature or location of a business.  Small businesses, landlords, home workers and the self-employed are not exempt from the requirement to ensure electrical safety.

 

The Electricity at Work Regulations place a legal responsibility on employers, employees and self-employed persons to comply with the provisions of the regulations.  This in effect requires the implementation of a systematic and regular program of maintenance, inspection and testing.  This is widely agreed to meet the requirements of the Electricity at Work Act 1989.  The Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) places such an obligation in the following circumstances:

  • Where appliances are used by employees.
  • Where the public may use appliances in establishments such as hospitals, schools, hotels, shops etc.
  • Where appliances are supplied or hired.
  • Where appliances are repaired or serviced.

What is the Current Guidance for PAT Testing?

 

The current guidance has been in place now for some time, but many PAT testing companies are still not aware of it.  It is now recommended that a "Risk Based" approach is taken.  You do not automatically have everything tested every year anymore.  In some cases, it could be 4 years between each test and some items are only inspected and no longer need testing.  Does your current PAT tester put a retest date on the sticker?  Do they automatically recommend an annual retest?  Do they carry out microwave emissions testing?  If so they are not following the latest guidance.

 

The basics are, if it has a plug it gets PAT tested or inspected.  The frequency at which it is tested or inspected depends on the environment, type of appliance and the appliance class.  If it does not have a plug then it does not get PAT tested and is most likely a fixed wire installation.  Fixed wired inspections form part of the EICR inspection formally called the Periodic Inspection.

 

This approach is designed to allow companies to stop wasting money having excessive testing carried out whilst still safeguarding employees and the general public.

How Often do I Need PAT Testing Carrying Out?

 

There is often a lot of confusion about how often PAT testing needs to be carried out, this is mainly because PAT testing frequencies are only given as "guidance” and not “regulation”.  Another complication is the guidance changes and is sometimes misinterpreted even by fully qualified electricians.  The Health & Safety Executive and the IET who issued the 4th Edition Code of Practice for In Service Inspection & Testing both recommend the Risk Based Approach for PAT Testing and give guidance on how this can be carried out.

 

The recommended test & inspection frequencies now range from "Before Use" upto "48 Months" based on the appliance type, class and environment.

My Current Contractor/Electrician Says Your Wrong

 

We have extensively researched PAT Testing to put our service together but don't take our word for it, this FAQ sheet from the Health & Safety Executive gives the impartial information you need. http://www.hse.gov.uk/electricity/faq-portable-appliance-testing.htm

Our Portable Appliance Testing Service

We carry out Portable Appliance Testing in line with the latest Health & Safety Executives guidance and the new guidelines in the 4th Edition of the IET Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment.  Under the latest guidelines not all items are tested every time and depending on the risk assessment some will never need to be tested and will only require a visual inspection.  On our first visit we will carry out a full risk assessment listing every electrical item.  Each item will be inspected/tested, and a sticker/label attached if needed.

 

An asset register will be issued with a recommended retest/inspection date based on the guidance found in the IET 4th Edition Code of Practice.  Each item will have a recommended date of between 3 months to 4 years.  We will issue you with a reminder every time items are due a retest or inspection based on the recommended date.  After each round of testing/inspections the asset register will be updated.

 

You Only Pay for What Needs Testing or Inspecting Each Time

 

What Our Service Costs, Between 1 and 20 tests/inspections, £35.00.  20+ tests/inspections charged at £1.00 per test.  Additional mileage charges may apply.

 

We have saved our customers hundreds and thousands of pounds over the years.  On average our customers save between 50 & 75% over 4 years.  You will find our service is cost effective, especially when combined with our Legionella Services.

 

We also work at events & shows and can issue same day test certificates/asset registers.  Contact us for more information on our same day service.

Examples of Risk Based PAT Testing

 

Small office with 200 items including kettles, toaster, etc. and a large number of computers & printers.  The computer equipment is changed on a contract every 4 years leaving 40 items in the building which are not regularly changed, renewed or maintained.

 

In this low risk environment the IT equipment would only be inspected/tested once every 4 years.  As the the equipment is new every four years it no longer needs to be inspected or tested as it should be supplied in a safe condition by the supplier.

 

This would mean your annual PAT testing cost would be about £55.00 per year.  Risk based PAT testing could save you £640.00 over 4 years based on our normal test fees.

Small office with 200 items including kettles, toaster, etc. and a large number of computers & printers.  In this example the 160 computer items are not regularly changed or maintained.

 

Year 1, a full inspection & test of items including assest register = £215.00

Year 2, only the 40 items that require regular testing are checked = £55.00

Year 3, only the 40 items that require regular testing are checked = £55.00

Year 4, only the 40 items that require regular testing are checked = £55.00

Year 5, full inspection = £215.00

 

Risk based PAT testing could save you £480.00 over 4 years based on our normal fees.

A community libary with 200 items including kettles, toaster, etc. and a large number of computers & printers.  In this example the 160 computer items are regularly changed or maintained.  100 of the computer items are used by members of the public.  Items used by the public require increased inspection/testing.

 

Year 1, a full inspection & test of items including assest register = £55.00

Year 2, only the 140 items that require regular testing are checked = £155.00

Year 3, only the 140 items that require regular testing are checked = £155.00

Year 4, only the 140 items that require regular testing are checked = £155.00

Year 5, full inspection = £55.00 (as new computer equipment is supplied)

 

Risk based PAT testing could save you £340.00 over 4 years based on our normal fees.

A community libary with 200 items including kettles, toaster, etc. and a large number of computers & printers.  In this example the 160 computer items are not regularly changed or maintained.  100 of the computer items are used by members of the public.  Items used by the public require increased inspection/testing.

 

Year 1, a full inspection & test of items including assest register = £215.00

Year 2, only the 140 items that require regular testing are checked = £155.00

Year 3, only the 140 items that require regular testing are checked = £155.00

Year 4, only the 140 items that require regular testing are checked = £155.00

Year 5, full inspection = £215.00

 

Risk based PAT testing could save you £180.00 over 4 years based on our normal fees.

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