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PAT Testing

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The Health and Safety Executive states that 25 percent of all electrical accidents involve portable appliances. Portable Appliance Testing is therefore crucial - be a residential, commercial or industrial environment in which you are operating.

What is Portable Appliance Testing?

Commonly known as PAT, PAT inspection or PAT Testing, Portable Appliance Testing is the term used to describe the routine inspection of portable electrical appliances, to ensure they are safe for use. The National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT) define a portable appliance as 'any electrical appliance which can, or is intended to, be moved whilst connected to an electrical supply'.

What's Involved?

A PAT Test is a relatively straightforward but vital process of inspection that all portable electrical appliances should be subjected to on a regular basis. At periodic intervals, it is essential to test portable appliances to measure the degree of protection, to ensure that it is sufficient for safe use. At these intervals, a formal visual inspection is carried out, followed by a PAT test.

What we do

All of our PAT testers are fully qualified and meet PAT testing regulations. To declare an item electrically safe, Facit Testing's qualified electricians will carry out a thorough process of electrical testing and inspection, following a number of procedures, including a visual inspection, followed by tests to determine earth bond continuity, insulation resistance, functional tests and polarity of wiring.

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Regulations

Whether you are an employee or a landlord, PAT Testing regulations will apply to you. Anyone who rents accommodation as a business activity is required to ensure that the portable equipment that they supply as part of the tenancy is safe. The Electrical (Safety) Regulations 1994 requires that all mains electrical equipment supplied with the accommodation (for example, cookers, washing machines, kettles etc.) remains safe. Regardless of whether second-hand or new, PAT Testing regulations will apply to such items.

Meanwhile, in the workplace, there are a number of regulations that put the duty of care upon both the employer and the employee when it comes to ensuring the safety of all persons using the workplace. Legislation of specific relevance to electrical maintenance is the Health and Safety at Work 1974, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. It is clear that, in combination, these regulations apply to all electrical equipment used in, or associated with, places of work. PAT Testing regulations therefore apply right down to the smallest piece of electrical equipment.