Our company is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.
Why PAT Test?
Whilst PAT testing is not strictly compulsory, it is generally regarded as being the best way of meeting the electrical regulations that exist to protect employees, customers and tenants. Without it you could be in a very difficult situation if an electrical accident were to occur.
Under the 1989 Electricity at Work Regulations, employers, landlords and businesses must limit the risks involved in using electrical equipment, including all portable electrical appliances.
An electrical appliance may be classed as portable if it is connected to the mains by way of a flexible lead and plug. It is good practice for businesses that PAT testing is carried out as part of a regular system of maintenance and inspection, as annual tests afford maximum protection and compliance with regulations.
Annual PAT testing, along with the maintenance of relevant records, will ensure that your business meets with the required safety regulations, including the IEE Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment as well as the Health and Safety at Work Act.
PAT testing requires a series of tests and inspections to be carried out which will establish the safety and suitability of your electrical appliances. Testing requires each appliance to be de-energised for a short period of time (approximately 2-5 minutes) and does not require the mains to be isolated, minimising disruption to the work place. Certification of testing will be issued and evidence of testing will be placed on each appliance.
Specific legislation relevant to electrical maintenance is a follows:
Mobile dj`s/karaoke/ bands
Private Landlords/Letting Agents
Charity/ Second Hand Shops
What is a Portable Appliance?
An appliance of less than 18kg in mass that is intended to be moved while in operation or an appliance that can easily be moved from one place to another, eg, kettle, toaster, food mixer, vacuum cleaner, iron, PC, Monitor, Fax, Laminator etc.
Portable Appliance Testing
The Inspection and tests that are to be carried out are described below, with tests varying dependant upon the class of appliance. However, the testing of all appliances is essential as part of a regular maintenance regime to ensure conformity to Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.
Without passing the initial visual inspection, no appliance can be passed as safe. The inspection involves examination of the plug top, casing and lead of the equipment. The plug top is checked for the correct fuse size, adequate cord grip, correct polarity and tightness of terminals, cracking, heat damage and a plug with insulating pins conforming to current BS standards. The outer casing of the equipment is checked for any damage or cracks and any holes or vents that are apparent must not have a radius greater than 6mm. Also there must not be any live parts within 80mm of the aperture.
Class of Equipment
Class 1 This is any equipment that has an earth connection from the mains supply. In most cases this equipment will have exposed earthed metal work and live parts will have basic insulation, e.g., fan heater, computer etc.
Class 2a This equipment has no exposed metalwork and has two layers of insulation, e.g., desk calculator, dictation machine, etc.
Class 2b This equipment may have exposed unearthed metalwork, which will be separated from live parts by two layers of insulation, e.g., power drill, etc.
Example or one of our tests:
Ask user to shut down PC
Remove plug from socket
Remove plug top (if not moulded) and check terminals are tight, terminated correctly and fuse has correct safety standards
Remove fuse for moulded plugs and check safety standards
Check entire length of cable to ensure integrity, this often means crawling under desks through everything thats down there
Visualy inspect appliance
Plug appliance into tester and run tests (tests take 20-30 seconds)
Replace everything and power up to ensure all is working
Enter detail of description etc into documentation
Apply labels to equipment and remove old label
- Why should I P.A.T test my items?
Simply because it proves that you are maintaining a safe working environment for employees or users of your electrical equipment in accordance to the electricity at work regulations.
- Will you provide all the documentation I require?
Yes, we will provide electronic or paper versions of the tests carried out. All appliances will be labelled accordingly.
- Do you replace faulty plugs or fuses?
Yes, we will replace, where necessary, incorrect fuses free as part of the service and damaged 13A BS1363 plugs however these are chargeable.
- Will you replace faulty or damaged appliance cords?
We will replace damaged or faulty appliance cabling, however this is chargeable.
- I only have a few items I need tested, is it going to cost me a fortune?
To put it simply, no. We try to offer value for money, if in doubt please contactus for a tailored quote. Can you really put a price on safety?
- I have lots of items, do you offer bulk discount?
Again to put it simply yes! We are happy to tailor a quote to match your needs, please contact us with details of your requirements.
We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.
Stevenston, North Ayrshire KA204HE
Tel: 01294 603337/ 07969779930
24 hour service, no out of hour charges, totally flexible to meet the needs of the customer