Filling in the short form below will instantly give you a set of contact details for people who can help you with Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) in your local area. You will be provided with their full contact details, all within less than a second and you will then be able to contact them directly to discuss what level of service you require. Should you wish to place an order you would deal with them directly. There is no middle man.
Portable Appliance Testing
Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 states that apart from private houses, all electrical systems in buildings or places that people work are looked after as best as they possibly can be to prevent danger. The Electricity at Work Regulations also place a legal responsibility on employers, employees and people who are self-employed to ensure no electrical danger results from the use of portable appliances. If you are a Landlord you are required by law to ensure that any electrics in the building or electrical portable appliances you supply are safe.
In the UK and Northern Ireland the way this is done is through an ‘In-service Inspection & Testing of Electrical Equipment’ for portable appliance tests - shortened to ‘Portable Appliance Test’ (PAT). Many different electrical appliances must be tested from a kettle in a student house to a photocopier in an office. The Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Health and Safety Executive suggest the time between inspections should vary according to the type of appliance, where and how it is used; every 3 months for testing and inspection of construction equipment, every year for portable appliances in a let property and longer for certain appliances in schools, hotels, offices and shops.
Where are the tests done?
Most of the time the PAT testing can be done on site.
What do the PAT tests cover?
The appliances will be tested for earth bond continuity and resistance, insulation resistance, polarity and safe switches. The level of inspection required depends upon the likely hood of the appliance becoming faulty. The objective of the tests are to find out if there is a risk of people getting electric shocks which could be life threatening. You can tell if an appliance has been tested because somewhere visible there will be a small sticker with the date it was tested.
Appointing a PAT Tester
The Electricity at Work regulations of 1989 state that PAT inspecting and testing must be carried out by a competent person. It is advisable for PAT Testers to hold a 2377–22 City and Guilds qualification but not a legal requirement. PAT Testers in the UK do not need to be electricians or have a background in the electrical industry.
The only U.K. nationally recognised qualification of competence in PAT is offered by City & Guilds: 'Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment – 4th Edition (No. 2377-22)'. although many other non-recognised PAT training courses are available.
Before appointing a Tester, you should check they have the necessary skills, experience and insurance to carry out the work you require.
The Health and Safety Executive have some useful FAQs: http://www.hse.gov.uk/electricity/faq-portable-appliance-testing.htm
and a very useful leaflet in PDF format: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg236.pdf
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