Portable Appliance Testing

 

What is a portable appliance?

A portable appliance is simply an item of electrical equipment, which is connected to the power supply by means of a plug and socket.

Why you need portable appliances tested?

There are a number of reasons why appliances should be PAT tested on a regular basis, but the most important ones are:-

1. To comply with The Electricity at Work Regulations
2.
To comply with the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
3.
To minimise the risk of fire and injury caused by electrical appliances
4.
To satisfy your Insurance Company.
5.
To comply with all Health & Safety requirements and ISO standards
6.
Quality Assurances also requires you to comply

Also, one of the first things Fire Officers and Health & Safety Inspectors usually ask to see on any inspection visit is PAT testing records.

What it involves

Each item is given a full visual inspection followed by the appropriate electrical safety tests.

Is there any disruption to staff?

It would be incorrect to say that there will be no disruption. However, our experienced engineers using the most up to date computerised equipment will keep any disruption to the absolute minimum. Also all PAT Testing can be carried out "Out of hours" if and when required.

How often does it need to be carried out?

No rigid guidelines can be laid down as to the frequency of inspecting and testing but factors influencing the decision includes the environment, the users, the equipment construction and the equipment type. We follow the Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment produced by the Institution of Electrical Engineers in conjunction with guidance provided by the Health & Safety Executive.

Additional Benifits?

In addition to PAT testing your equipment, we can also barcode and track your appliances collecting details about the description, manufacturer, and location information down to room level. Additionaly we can collect further information such as model, serial number and any other additonal fields required. This data can then effectively build you an Asset Register at the same time as testing your appliance - at no additional cost to you..

Whilst testing any microwave's we will also conduct an emmisions test on the device to ensure that it to is also complying with safety standards - this is also carried out at no additonal cost to you.

Guidance On Initial Frequencies of Inspection And Testing

Equipment Use
Type of Equipment
User Checks
Class 1
Class 2
 

 

 

   
Formal Visual Inspection Note (1)
Combined Inspection And Testing
Formal Visual Inspection Note (1)
Combined Inspection And Testing
a
b
c
d
e
f
g

1. Construction Sites 110 V Equipment

S
IT
M (Note 2)
P (Note 2)
H (Note 2)

None
None
Weekly
Weekly
Weekly

1 Month
1 Month
1 Month
1 Month
1 Month
3 Months
3 Months
3 Months
3 Months
3 Months
1 Month
1 Month
1 Month
1 Month
1 Month
3 Months
3 Months
3 Months
3 Months
3 Months
2 . Industrial Including Commercial Kitchens
S
IT
M
P
H
Weekly
Weekly
Before Use
Before Use
Before Use
None
None
1 Month
1 Month
1 Month
12 Months
12 Months
12 Months
6 Months
6 Months
None
None
3 Month
3 Month
3 Month
12 Months
12 Months
12 Months
6 Months
6 Months
3. Equipment Used by the Public
S
IT
M
P
H

Notes 3,4
Notes 3,4
Notes 3,4
Notes 3,4
Notes 3,4

Monthly
Monthly
Weekly
Weekly
Weekly
12 Months
12 Months
6 Months
6 Months
6 Months
3 Months
3 Months
1 Month
1 Month
1 Month
12 Months
12 Months
12 Months
12 Months
12 Months

4. Schools-(Note 4)

S
IT
M
P
H
Weekly
Weekly
Weekly
Weekly
Before Use
None
None
4 Months
4 Months
4 Months
12 Months
12 Months
12 Months
12 Months
12 Months
12 Months
12 Months
4 Months
4 Months
4 Months
48 Months
48 Months
48 Months
48 Months
48 Months

 

5. Hotels (Note 5)

 

S
IT
M
P
H
None
None
Weekly
Weekly
Before Use
24 Months
24 Months
12 Months
12 Months
6 Months
48 Months
48 Months
24 Months
24 Months
12 Months
24 Months
24 Months
24 Months
24 Months
6 Months
None
None
None
None
None
6. Offices and Shops
S
IT
M
P
H
None
None
Weekly
Weekly
Before Use
24 Months
24 Months
12 Months
12 Months
6 Months
48 Months
48 Months
24 Months
24 Months
12 Months
24 Months
24 Months
24 Months
24 Months
6 Months
None
None
None
None
None

 

Notes to Table

1
The formal visual inspection may form part of the combined inspection and tests when they coincide, and is to be recorded.
2

110v earthed centre-tapped supply. 230v portable or hand-held equipment is required to be supplied via a 30mA RCD and inspections and tests carried out more frequently.

3

For some equipment such as children`s rides a daily check may be necessary.

4

By supervisor / teacher / member of staff.

5

Equipment provided in hotel rooms is equipment used by the public. Equipment in hotels (row (5) above) is considered to be equipment in hotels used by the hotel staff.

It is normally not necessary to test new items of equipment as the manufacturer has already tested them.
 

The information on suggested initial frequencies given above is more detailed and specific than HSE guidance, but is not considered to be inconsistent with it.

 
S
Stationary Equipment
IT
Information Technology Equipment
M
Movable Equipment
P
Portable Equipment
H
Hand Hald Equipment

The cost

For our latest prices please contact us either by phone of via email, contact details can be found on the contact us page or by clicking on the contact us button in the top menu. The pricing structure depends on the total number of tests to be carried out. All quoted prices are the same whether the work is conducted "in" or "out" of hours but assumes uninterrupted access to all of the equipment.

 

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