PAT (Portable Appliance Testing)
At Anthony Pease Electrical we specialise in PAT testing for letting agents, B&Bs and Small Hotels.
Minor repairs (e.g. faulty fuses, broken plug tops, etc.) carried out free of charge if needed during testing.
Reminders sent out a month in advance of your next required test date.
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Portable Appliance Testing Q/A
What is classed as a portable appliance?
A portable electrical appliance is taken to be an item of equipment which is not part of a fixed installation but is, or is intended to be, connected to fixed installation, or a generator, by means of a flexible cable and a plug and socket. Otherwise this means that any item with a plug is a Portable Appliance. This would include electric drills, kettles, PCs, printers, monitors, extension lead and even some large items such as vending machines and photocopiers.
Who does this apply to?
The Electricity at Work Regulations (1989) placed a Legal responsibility on employers, suppliers and hirers etc to take reasonable steps to ensure that no danger results from the use of electrical equipment. This means all Portable Appliances at your place of work have to be regularly tested to ensure they are safe.
How often do appliances need to be tested?
There is no specific schedule set out. There are however guidelines to help. The frequency of testing depends on the type of equipment and the environment in which it is used. For example a high-risk item such as an electric drill should be tested more frequently than a low risk item such as a PC. Furthermore a drill that is used everyday in a high density manufacturing plant should be tested more frequently than a drill used only occasionally in an office environment. Essentially it is the responsibility of the employer to assess the risk involved and implement it's own programme of testing. Most companies still opt for a blanket test of all equipment on an annual basis to ensure conformity.
What happens if an item fails?
Most failures are found during the initial visual check (i.e. a cracked plug or an incorrectly rated fuse). These minor repairs will be carried out during the course of the works however other failures may not be fixed quickly and PHR would take them out of service to eliminate danger to your staff.
Can anyone test items?
No, the legislation states that the person testing the item must be a competent person. Here at Anthony Pease Electrical we have the relevant qualifications and experience to carry out the necessary tests needed.
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