About PAT Testing
Although Portable Appliance Testing, or PAT Testing, is the common term which has long been associated with the In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment, the IET Code of Practice actually covers the majority of electrical equipment, not just portable appliances.
Who and what is affected?
Current legislation places a duty of care on the responsible person or duty holder of an organisation, such as an employer, the self-employed, landlords and where relevant, even users of electrical equipment, to ensure that all electrical equipment is safe to use, from a kitchen kettle in rented accommodation, to a hairdryer in a hotel room and from IT equipment in an office, to 110v appliances on a construction site and 415v appliances in restaurants and factories.
How often should electrical appliances be tested?
With 6 equipment types within 6 environments, inspection and testing frequencies vary based on individual risk assessment. However, the Code of Practice does recommend minimum testing frequencies and with very good reason.
For example, in an office where risk is usually minimal, one equipment type, IT Equipment, is recommended to have a formal visual inspection at no more than two year intervals and combined formal visual inspection and testing at no more than five year intervals. Whereas on a construction site, where risk is usually considerably higher, another equipment type, Hand Held Equipment, such as 110v appliances, are recommended to have a formal visual inspection at no more than one month intervals and combined formal visual inspection and testing at no more than three month intervals.
What is involved?
An appliance may have worked fine for years, but longevity of service is not an indication of being safe for continued use as the dangers that unsafe equipment can present are often hidden and only detectable by specialist testing equipment.
Most electrical appliances will require a check of some sort. Some may only require a formal visual inspection and others will require a visual inspection and combined testing.
In short, the testing process for a typical appliance starts with a formal visual inspection, checking the appliance casing, cable and plug for damage, followed by earth continuity testing, insulation resistance testing and a functionality test.
A qualified, competent PAT Testing Engineer, testing correctly and to the IET Code of Practice for the In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (4th Edition), depending on environmental circumstances such as accessibility, would be able to test about 175 – 200 items in an 8 hour day.
MRB Electrical & PAT Testing only quote do the job correctly. My prices are fair and competitive among reputable companies and do not reflect the quantity and quality of Portable Appliance Testing that can only be acheived by cutting corners.
All PAT Testing is carried out in compliance with the IET In-Service Inspection & Testing of Electrical Equipment Code of Practice (4th Edition).
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