PAT Testing

Portable Appliance Testing (or PAT Testing) is the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use in the work place. Some electrical safety defects can be found by visual examination but others can only be found by testing.

At SV Security Systems our staff are trained to carry out comprehensive safety checks both visually and with our portable appliance test equipment. Any minor faults such as an incorrect fuse rating or a damaged plug will be corrected immediately so that the equipment is safe to use, and at no extra cost to you. A pass or fail sticker is the issued per item tested as appropriate. A certificate of testing is also provided for the business showing the results of all the tests.

Conforming to PAT testing regulations will help you to ensure that the portable appliances in your business are safe and help you to avoid violations. PAT testing legislations was put into effect to ensure that all companies conform to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989, Provision and Use of Work Equipmetn regulations of 1998 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work regulations of 1999.

Contact us for more information on how we can carry out PAT Testing at your business.

All electrical installations deteriorate with age and use. They should therefore be inspected and tested at regular intervals to check whether they are in a satisfactory condition for continued use. Such safety checks are commonly referred to as ‘periodic inspection and testing’.

Once completed you will be issued with an Electrical Condition Report (EICR).

A periodic inspection will:

Reveal if any of your electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded.

Find any potential electric shock risks and fire hazards.

Identify any defective electrical work.

Highlight any lack of earthing or bonding.

Tests are also carried out on wiring and fixed electrical equipment to check that they are safe. A schedule of circuits is also provided, which is invaluable for a property

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PAT Testing Facts

  • PAT Testing is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure that they are safe to use.
  • The law doesn’t state that your products need to be PAT tested, but they do require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause harm must be maintained in a safe condition.
  • New equipment should be supplied in a safe condition and not require a formal portable appliance inspection or test.
  • It is strongly recommended that companies that supply equipment formally inspect and test the equipment before each hire, in order to ensure it is safe for the customers to use.
  • The law requires an employer to ensure that the electrical equipment that they are providing to employees is maintained in order to prevent any danger.
  • According to the Health and Safety Executive, there are approximately 1,000 major electrical related injuries reported each year.

FAQs

What Are The Benefits Of PAT Testing?

PAT Testing, carried out by SV Security Systems will reduce and all but eliminate the risk of electrocution and electrical item fires. It also means that employers are doing their bit to ensure that the workplace in which their staff work is a safe place and not full of unnecessary hazards.

Do I Need To Carry Out PAT Testing As An Employer?

This is a grey area. The law doesn’t state that all employers must provide PAT Testing, but it does require electrical equipment to be safe and be maintained. One of the only ways to do that, other than buying new equipment every year is to have electrical items PAT tested once a year.

View more information on the HSE website here.

How Often Should PAT Testing And Periodic Inspections Be Carried Out?

PAT Testing should be carried out every year.
Periodic inspection reports should be carried out every 10 years for a owner-occupied property and 5 years for a rental property.

Who Can Carry Out These Tests?

Periodic inspection and testing should be carried out only by electrically competent persons, such as registered electricians. They will check the condition of the electrics against the UK standard for the safety of electrical installations, BS 7671 – Requirements for Electrical Installations (IEE Wiring Regulations).