Portable Appliance Testing

Portable Appliance Testing

Portable Appliance Testing or PAT Testing is an important part of any Health and Safety policy for many organisations.

APF Safety Services based in Norfolk can attend your premises to conduct Portable Appliance Testing.

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 places a legal responsibility on employers, organisations, schools, landlords, charities and self employed etc to take reasonable steps to ensure that no danger results from the use of portable electrical equipment. This means all portable appliances at your place of work have to be regularly tested to ensure they are safe to use.

Portable Appliance Testing is an electrical safety test that is carried out on all electrical appliances with a plug. Hardwired electrical items, for example some cookers, water heaters and most commercial boilers don’t need a PAT test as they aren’t portable and don’t have a plug.

Legal Requirements with specific relevance to electrical maintenance is the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

 

 

 

Portable Appliance Testing

What can APF Safety Services offer?

On completion of the testing you will be issued with a safety certificate and a detailed report that provides information on each individual item. All items that pass the inspection and testing will be labelled with a safety sticker and a unique number that helps us keep track of all portable appliances in your company.

We offer a friendly, proficient service by our qualified technicians with an aim to reduce interruption to your workplace. Once you have had your appliances PAT tested we send you a record of testing carried out by our engineer, a certificate of ‘In Service Testing’ of your premises, plus we even send you a renewal reminder so you don’t have to remember when the next PAT test is due.

Why not reduce the ‘downtime’ impact on your business, as we offer an out of hours Portable Appliance Testing (PAT Testing) service at no additional cost.

APF Safety Services Ltd offer Students PAT testing – heading away to university? If you are a student and plan on living in rented accommodation/halls of residence, you may be required to have your electrical appliances tested before you can move in.

Portable Appliance Testing

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is PAT testing a legal requirement?

Technically yes, part of a employers responsibility due to Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. All portable electrical equipment must be tested and serviceable for its intended use.

Who does this apply to?

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 places a legal responsibility on employers, organisations, schools, landlords, charities and self employed etc to take reasonable steps to ensure that no danger results from the use of portable electrical equipment. This means all portable appliances at your place of work have to be regularly tested to ensure they are safe to use.

Can anyone test portable electrical items?

No, the legislation states that the person testing the item must be a competent person, at APF we are trained to City and Guilds 2377 Level 3 standard.

How long does it take?

This will depend on the number of items being tested and how accessible they are. A typical workstation with printer and extension lead will take 10 minutes to test. At APF we can conduct out of hours testing for no extra cost to reduce your downtime impact on your business.

What happens if an item fails?

Most common failures are found on the visual check (wrong fuse, blown fuse or wires damaged). Minor repairs will be carried out at the time of testing (with agreement of client). Faults that cannot be repaired, the item will be taken out of service and will be visual tagged and recorded as failed.

Do I need to PAT test for insurance?

Some insurance companies do ask if you are up to date with your testing or they won’t give you cover without it. What most insurance companies do is ask for it when there was ever a claim involving a PAT testable item i.e. a serious injury or even a fire and may not pay out on the claim.

What does testing do to a IT system?

Since the early days of testing the test equipment which is used has been adopted to ensure that no damage can be done to equipment during testing process. In some work places where it is not possible to turn equipment off, such as computer server’s, it may be only appropriate for a visual inspection and a full test at the next available time during a scheduled shutdown.

Can we carry out 110v testing?

Our testing equipment is compatible with 110v appliances and equipment. This usually applies to construction site equipment which uses three pin adapters which the leads and adapters are in yellow.

Do you provide Method Statements and Risk Assessments?

Yes, we can provide Method Statements and Risk Assessments including copies of our insurances and engineer’s competence certificates.

Can you carry out testing at night to reduce impact on my business?

Yes we can conduct testing 24/7 without any extra charges. All we would ask for is a representative of the Company to be present on the premises.

For a quotation:
Please Phone: 01953 711566 to speak to a member of our team.

You can email us via our “Contact Us Page” or email our admin team direct on:-
admin@apfsafetyservices.co.uk

Please note: If you are emailing us for a quotation please provide your estimated number of appliances that requires inspection and your location. This will help us greatly in providing you with a email quote.

Portable Appliance Testing