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PAT in short stands for Portable Appliance Testing, this is a term is best described to test the safety of electrical appliances to ensure that workers or tenants who come into contact with any electrical appliances are not in any risk.
PAT testing consists of a thorough visual inspection that can often identify most faults, along with electrical safety tests. Electrical appliances are categorised in three main categories and these are class one, class two, and class three.
The different class of the appliance will help determine whether the appliance needs testing and to what extent it needs to be tested to.
One of the big myths surrounding PAT is that we must only test items with a plug on.
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 covers all electrical ‘Systems’ at work and therefore the law does not differentiate between equipment with a plug and that which is wired directly to the supply.
Recommendations for offices, shops and hotels Class 1 equipment including stationary and IT equipment should be tested every 48 months. Moveable equipment such as extension leads, and portable equipment is recommended to be tested every 24 months.
The current PAT testing law requires that all landlords, employers, and even self-employed individuals ensure the safety of their portable electrical appliances and that they are suitable and used for the purposes intended.
PAT testing company do label there passed and failed appliances to indicated whether the appliance is safe to use.
Majority of the appliances that fail are because of the initial Visual inspection. If this was to happen to your appliances, we would recommend you remove the appliance from use to protect you, employees or tenants.
A full PAT test includes a visual inspection of the appliance and an in-depth check using specialised PAT testing equipment. This test checks earth continuity, lead polarity, and insulation resistance of the appliance.
There is not a requirement to keep records of these activities. However, a record and / or labelling can be a useful management tool for monitoring and reviewing the effectiveness of the maintenance scheme – and to demonstrate that a scheme exists. And at PAT testing company we like to label and give you’re a copy of all appliances on our visit.
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