Electrical Portable Appliance Testing Services

Fused Electric: Electrical PAT Testing Services

Fused Electric offers electrical appliance testing services for residential and commercial settings. Electrical PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) is the process of inspecting and testing electrical equipment to ensure that it is safe to use. The equipment tested includes portable appliances, such as computers, power tools, kitchen equipment, and other electrical implements. Electrical PAT testing aims to identify any defects or damage that could cause electrical shock or fire risk and ensures that the equipment is safe.

Typically, PAT testing involves:

  • Visually examining the appliances to identify any noticeable signs of damage or wear.
  • Testing the appliances with our electrical PAT testing kit to ensure they meet the safety criteria set by the manufacturer.
  • Recording the test results, including any defects or issues identified.
  • Providing a certificate or report of the test results, which can be used to demonstrate compliance with health and safety regulations.

It is important to note that PAT testing is a specialised skill, and it is essential to ensure that you contact a reliable electric PAT testing service.

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Why Is Electrical Appliance PAT Testing Done?

Portable electrical appliance testing is done to ensure electrical equipment’s safety by minimising the risks of electrical fires and shocks. The electrical equipment includes portable appliances, such as computers, power tools, kitchen equipment, and other electrical implements.

PAT testing is required by law for most businesses, organisations, and landlords to ensure that their electrical equipment is safe to use. Health and safety regulations require necessary steps to be taken by employers that ensure the safety of employees and others who may use their equipment. Regular PAT testing can help identify and rectify any potential safety hazards before they become a problem.

PAT testing is also beneficial for organisations to ensure their equipment is in good working condition. It can prolong the equipment’s lifespan and saves money on repairs and replacements.

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What is Done during PAT Testing?

Electrical Portable Appliance Testing services involve a trained PAT testing engineer inspecting and testing electrical equipment to ensure its safety during the process. The specific steps that are taken during a PAT test can vary depending on the type of equipment being tested, but generally, it includes the following:

  • Visual Inspection: The electrician or engineer will conduct a visual inspection of the equipment, looking for noticeable signs of damage or wear, such as frayed wires, loose connections, or broken casings.
  • Earth Continuity: They will test the earth continuity of the equipment, ensuring that the equipment is properly grounded and there is no risk of electrical shock.
  • Insulation Resistance: They will test the insulation resistance of the equipment, which measures the resistance to electrical current and ensures that the equipment is adequately insulated.
  • Polarity: They will test the polarity of the equipment, ensuring that the equipment is wired correctly and that there is no risk of electrical shock or fire.
  • Functional Testing: They will perform functional testing of the equipment to ensure that the equipment is working correctly and that no defects are present that could cause a risk of electrical shock or fire.
  • Record Keeping: They will record the test results, including any defects or issues identified. They will also provide a certificate or report of the test results, which can be used to demonstrate compliance with health and safety regulations.

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What Needs to Be PAT Tested?

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is typically required for any electrical equipment that is portable or moveable and that is used by employees or members of the public in a workplace or commercial setting. This includes a broad range of devices such as:

  • Office appliances, including computers and printers.
  • Kitchen equipment, such as toasters, kettles, and microwaves.
  • Power tools, such as drills, saws, and sanders.
  • Medical equipment, such as defibrillators and patient monitors.
  • Entertainment equipment, such as speakers, microphones, and PA systems.
  • Lighting equipment, such as lamps, floodlights, and stage lighting.
  • Portable heating equipment, such as electric heaters and fan heaters.
  • IT and data equipment, such as servers, switches, routers, and hubs.
  • Electrical testing equipment, such as multimeters and circuit testers.

It is important to note that PAT testing is not required for equipment fixed in place, such as a permanently installed light or heating system, or for equipment only used by the person who owns it, such as a personal computer or mobile phone. However, it is a good practice to have it done on any electrical equipment to ensure safety and compliance.

Factors Influencing PAT Electrical Testing Cost

Several factors can affect the cost of Portable Appliance Testing (PAT):

  • The Number of Appliances: More appliances call for increased costs.
  • Location: The location of the testing can also affect the cost. Testing in remote or hard-to-reach areas may require additional travel costs.
  • Type of Appliances: The complexity of the appliances to be tested can also affect the cost. Testing specialised or complex equipment may require additional time and expertise.
  • Type of Test: PAT testing can be done in-service or out-of-service. In-service tests are less invasive, but out-of-service tests are more comprehensive and may be required by law.
  • Company or Individual Performing the Testing: The qualifications, experience and type of company or individual doing the testing can also affect the cost. Contact Fused Electric for affordable PAT testing services.
  • Additional Services: Additional services like certification, tagging and reporting can add to the overall cost.