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PORTABLE APPLIANCE TESTING (PAT Testing)

What is PAT Testing?

Simply put, it is the checking of all electrical appliances (portable and stationary). Its role is to check the equipment is safe for use.

A comprehensive test should combine a visual inspection and an in-depth check using specialist machines. For example, our tests include earth continuity, lead polarity, and insulation resistance tests.

If the appliance passes, a green label is applied with the date, asset ID, technician’s initials, and company contact details. However, if the device has failed, a red fail label is applied and recommended it be removed.

After our checks are complete, our office will give you a full asset list of appliances tested and a Certificate of Compliance.

Do I need to have PAT Testing carried out?

Portable Appliance Testing or PAT Testing can often be overlooked as an essential service. However, it can prove to be a vital resource to have.

To comply with the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978, you must have your appliances checked. Portable Appliance Testing is not a requirement by law. But having your equipment checked is. We know the most effective way to do this is PAT Testing.

Who should carry out PAT Testing?

A competent company with qualified technicians should carry out PAT Testing.

SCT are an NICEIC Approved Contractor, which means we are third-party approved for PAT Testing.

Our technicians are also certified to City and Guilds 2377-77 Level 3 Certificate for the Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (PAT).

PAT TESTING FOR BUSINESSES

Our clients often ask: “do we need PAT Testing?”. Each response is always, “Every employer has a responsibility to each employee over the safety of the equipment they provide”. In conclusion, the most efficient way to ensure the safety of the equipment is to have it regularly checked by a competent company.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a laptop charger or a fridge freezer. You must have it checked.

There are several ways that having your equipment checked can help. Firstly, doing your bit as an employer and getting your equipment checked, protects your employees. Secondly, it helps protect against injury, lost time, and removal of failed assets. And finally, it keeps you as an employer on the right side of the law.

Can I be punished for not checking electrical equipment?

It all depends on the severity of the incident. For example, the penalty for failing to meet legal duties for electrical appliance safety can range from 2 years in prison to unlimited financial liability.

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