Regular wear and tear on Portable Electrical Appliances can lead to damage that could result in electric shock or worse still, fire. To prevent these risks, the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 requires electrical appliances to be maintained. Pat Testing Solutions Manchester has fully qualified, friendly engineers that can assist you and ultimately ensure that you pass these requirements.
Pat Testing Solutions Manchester are experts in Portable Appliance Testing and provide a cost-effective and trustworthy PAT testing service. We provide this service to industries of all sizes, such as sole traders, charities and large companies.
Pat testing does more than help provide a safe working environment, it can also support you if ever the need arises to make an insurance claim. Remember that although you may not need to prove your legal compliance when you take out a policy, you may still need to show records to prove it if you ever need to make a claim.
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Pat Testing FAQ
The full name for the process of Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is called – “In-Service Inspection & Testing of Electrical Equipment”
The term Pat Testing is used to describe the formal visual examination and testing of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use. Some electrical safety defects can be found by visual examination but some types of defect can only be found by the Pat Testing procedure being carried out. The process involves different tests being carried out on each item, such as
- Visual Inspection
- Earth Bond Connection
- Insulation Resistance (of the wiring inside the cables)
It is to be noted that not all tests by the machine are done on every item, this depends on the electrical classification of the appliance / equipment itself.
Claims that Pat Testing is a legal requirement and that the client is breaking the law by not having it done, are simply not true. The law does require however that employers, including the self employed, ensure that all electrical appliances and equipment that they provide and or use in their business activities, are electrically safe for use and properly maintained at all times.
Various legal regulations have been put in place by the UK government to help ensure this happens and you are expected to adhere to them (see below) So any service provider who tells you that Pat Testing is a legal requirement, is simply lying to you.
Although PAT Testing itself isn’t a legal requirement The Government however has put legal regulations into place that pertain to the maintenance of electrical appliances and equipment, the only realistic way to ensure that these legal regulations are correctly met is through PAT Testing. The UK Health and Safety Executive along with insurance companies will expect you to have ensured that you are fully compliant with these legal requirements, which are:
- Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974
- The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989
- The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations of 1998
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations of 1999
Pat Testing, provides the only realistic and most effective way to identify such electrical defects. Electrical faults pose not only serious potential hazards to all users of the faulty appliances and equipment, but in some cases they can result in fatalities. Therefore the full consequences of electrical faults should be considered carefully, when deciding if you should have your appliances and equipment Pat Tested.