Electrical appliances start of perfectly safe, however with use they can deteriorate to an extent where there is a risk of electric shock or even fire. Just as a car needs an MOT to ensure it is safe to drive, electrical appliances need to be PAT Tested to ensure they continue to be safe to use.
Increasingly, insurance companies are stipulating Portable Appliance Testing as a condition of insurance on business policies. If there was a fire and the management of a company cannot show that regular PAT Testing had been carried out then this may affect a settlement figure.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 2003 & the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 all require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition to protect employees from danger. This also includes self-employed individuals e.g. DJs & Hair Dressers.
We visit your property with our test equipment to test each Class I & Class II appliance as follows:
- A full Visual Inspection – Checking for signs of cracks, damage or heating to plugs, Ensure the plug is correctly terminated, Check connections are tight, Ensure fuse size and that fuse carries ASTA symbol, Check cable anchorage is secure, No connector blocks used, No lumps/bumps/hard or soft spots on cables, No damage to insulation or cuts to cable, No missing screws, No signs of overheating, ON/OFF switch operates correctly, No excessive contamination to the casing.
- Earth Bond Test (if Class I and 3 core leads)
- Insulation Test (if not possible Leakage Test)
- Polarity Check (for IEC & Extension Leads)
- Microwave Ovens will also be tested for microwave leakage
- Each appliance will be labelled PASS or FAIL (if a fail the fuse will be removed)
A full report will be sent to you by email & by post for your records along with a Certificate of Testing.
PAT Testing is required to be carried out annually.