Here at YOUR Office we pride ourselves on being able to ensure you provide a safe environment for all your staff and/or visitors.
That is why we offer a comprehensive PAT service to enable you to do just that.
- ‘Out of Hours’ testing (to fit in with your timetable)
- Minor Repairs (Replacement of the fuse etc.)
- A report that works in conjunction with the labels to show you have completed the testing
- Don’t be fooled by companies offering a ‘PAT testing Certificate’ – These are of no real benefit and may incur a premium being added to the cost of testing.
Plus there’s the additional bonus of not having to remember when your testing is due in the future as we will remind you in plenty of time.
Remove the hassle and worry of electrical safety by allowing us to take care of YOUR business.
For much more information about PAT Testing in general, we have put together some FAQs – these help answer many of the “Who, What, When, Where and How” questions you may have, particularly around the Law.
Don’t forget that we are always delighted to hear from you, so if you have any further questions or if you would like YOUR Office UK to give you a bespoke quote for our PAT Testing services then please get in touch.
PAT Testing FAQs
What is Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)?
Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is a process by which electrical appliances are routinely examined to ensure they are safe to use. Most electrical safety defects can be found by visual examination but some types of defect can only be found by testing.
Why do you need to test your electrical appliances?
The Law requires that all electrical equipment at work must be maintained to a safe standard. Insurance claims may be reduced, delayed or even refused should the cause of the claim be discovered to be a faulty appliance that has not been maintained. Insurance companies make the assumption that the insured business is complying with all the regulations applicable.
Who is responsible?
Regulation 3 of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 recognises a responsibility (control) that employers and many employees have for electrical systems.
“It shall be the duty of every employer and self-employed person to comply with the provisions of these Regulations in so far as they relate to matters which are within their control.”It shall be the duty of every employee while at work:
- to co-operate with his employer so far as is necessary to enable and duty placed on that employer by the provision of the Regulations to be complied with: and
- to comply with the provision of these regulations in so far as they relate to matters which are within his control.
Who can inspect and test portable electrical appliances?
Any person carrying out testing needs to competent to do it. In some low-risk environments, a competent person can undertake visual inspections if they have the relevant knowledge and training. However, when undertaking combined inspection and testing, a greater level of knowledge and experience will be needed. The person will need:
- The correct equipment to carry out the tests
- The ability to be able use the equipment properly
- The ability to properly understand the results of the testing
All the engineers here at YOUR Office UK Ltd. are fully qualified and have many years of relevant experience.
What Appliances need to be tested?
For the purpose of legislation, portable appliances include all equipment that is not part of a fixed installation but is meant to be connected to a fixed installation or generator. Any appliance that uses a flexible cable or plug and socket qualifies as a portable appliance. In other words, if you have an appliance that has a plug that is intended to be connected to a wall socket or generator, it qualifies as needing to be PAT tested.
This can include items such as electric drills, monitors, printers, PCs, kettles and larger items like photocopiers, vending machines and others. For instance, a heated towel rail or built-in dishwasher may seem like a fixed appliance but for testing purposes, they still qualify as portable because they plug into a power source.
All IT equipment should be tested, including power cords to this equipment although they are required to be tested separately from the equipment that they power because they are held to a different standard. Electrical cable extensions are the most commonly tested items as they are among the most common sources of safety hazards.
All of your 110V equipment in addition to all 3 phase equipment should also be tested. If you have equipment that is not possible to turn off for PAT testing such as servers and critical systems, you should ensure that every effort is made to perform a combined inspection. Tests can be done at the next available shut down for maintenance purposes.
How long will Portable Appliance Testing take to complete?
Testing times can vary based on the location of the equipment, access to the equipment and the number of appliances that require testing.
It can be possible to test approx. 250 appliances per day.
Does the equipment need to be disconnected?
All equipment that requires testing will need to be disconnected from the mains supply in order to receive a full combined, thorough Inspection and Test.
We fully understand that IT Servers have to remain constantly powered so we will only be able to provide a Formal Visual Inspection for this type of equipment and associated connections.
Will there be any disruption to our business or down time?
YOUR Office UK Ltd. will endeavor to cause minimal disruption to your business and will work on an individual basis to fulfill any specific requirements in order to achieve this.
What does Portable Appliance Testing prevent?
Testing electrical equipment helps to prevent many electrical dangers including:
Electric Shock, Explosions, Fires, Burns and even Fatalities.
How often should my appliances be tested?
The frequency of inspection and testing is dependent upon the type of equipment and the environment it is used in.
What about electrical equipment brought to work by employees or contractors?
All appliances brought on to site for either personal use or work should be tested to make sure that they are safe to use and added to the companies Appliance Register. Examples would be radio’s, fans and heaters etc.
Should brand new equipment be tested?
As the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) says: “New equipment should be supplied in a safe condition and not require a formal portable appliance inspection or test. However, a simple visual check is recommended to verify the item is not damaged.”
Of course, this depends entirely on your discretion. For extra safety it is recommended that you do actually PAT test the item, particularly if it is something that could be hazardous such as a heater.
How do we know when our appliances need to be tested?
If PAT Testing is something that you have never carried out or you have no records from a previous owner, then the chances are that you need to get it completed ASAP. Contact us and we will be able to give you a no obligatory quotation.
For future reference, YOUR Office UK Ltd. will keep full records and contact you when your appliances need to be retested giving you the peace of mind that you will always be fully compliant.
What happens if an appliance fails a PAT test?
Any equipment that fails a test should be taken out of service immediately to prevent any danger (See Above). If the failed equipment requires a minor repair to make it safe such as rewiring a plug, then these appliances can be repaired on-site and then retested.
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