Why Carry Out Portable Appliance 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.
Who Should Have PAT Testing Carried Out? 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:
Is PAT Testing a Legal Requirement? 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, home workers and the self-employed maybe a low risk but are not exempt from the requirement to ensure electrical safety.
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? If so they are not following the latest guidance.
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.
Are You Sure This Is Correct? My PAT Testing 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 PAT 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.
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.