Here at Electrical Testers, we understand just how important upholding the highest standards of safety is within a commercial premises. In addition to helping you remain compliant in accordance to the latest and greatest legal requirements, electrical safety safeguards all who use your workplace, including your employees and visitors.
With this in mind, PAT testing is an essential part of our offering to our commercial client base but what exactly is PAT testing, why is it important and when should it be completed? Here we answer those all-important questions…
Portable Appliance Testing, or PAT testing as it’s more commonly known, is a routine inspection of electrical equipment and appliances. The PAT testing process ensures these appliances can be used safely within the workplace or a public setting.
PAT testing consists of an electrical inspection and visual examination. An engineer will assess the equipment or appliance for visible damage, with cracks, dents, burn marks, wear and other defects being formally identified as part of the process.
An electrical inspection is then carried out to determine faults and defects that are not visible to the naked eye. Our qualified electricians use specialist devices to pinpoint faults and failures that may make the appliance unsafe to use.
Under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, all electrical equipment must be maintained to ensure it is safe and does not present any danger during operation. This includes any appliance or piece of equipment that is portable, fixed, transportable, plugged or spurred. Routine inspection and testing ensures electrical equipment can be maintained to the highest standards.
PAT testing is undertaken on all types of items including moveable equipment that weighs less than 18kg and stationary equipment that weighs more than 18kg.
The benefits of PAT testing are many. PAT tested appliances are legally compliant, safe to use, and minimise the risk of failure to ensure your business operations are not disrupted.
Whilst legislation defines the importance of PAT testing, it does not stipulate how often PAT testing should be carried out.
There are several factors that need to be considered to ensure you PAT test your electrical equipment as frequently as you need to in order to maintain a good standard of electrical safety. Whether your work environment is high risk or low risk, how old your equipment is, and how often it is used are all important considerations when devising an appropriate PAT testing schedule. You should also refer to the manufacturer’s instructions of each appliance for guidance.
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