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PAT Testing

Portable appliance testing (PAT) is the process of assessing the safety of electrical devices that are operated by hand. The purpose of PAT testing is to ensure that these devices are safe to use and will not cause injury to the user. PAT testing is typically carried out on a regular basis, as electrical equipment can deteriorate over time.

What is Portable Appliance Testing?

Portable appliance testing (PAT) may not be a legal requirement, but it is an important aspect to any workplace’s health and safety precautions. By ensuring that electrical devices are functioning properly, businesses can prevent potential harm to staff, customers or guests.

Regular PAT testing can also help to identify any potential issues before they become a problem, ultimately saving a business time and money in the long run.

Allowing electrical devices to cause harm to anyone in the workplace will breach existing legislation. PAT testing is a good way to prevent this by keeping your devices in good condition.

By regularly testing your appliances, you can ensure that they are safe to use and are not causing any harm to your employees or customers. Test intervals will vary depending on the type of appliance and the environment in which it is used, but as a general rule, appliances should be tested every year.

If you are looking for a professional electrician to carry out some PAT testing at your premises then contact Point Electrical today to arrange an appointment.

Regular testing reduces the likelihood of injury or accident and its worth remembering the more a device is used, the more often it should be tested.

Why Is PAT Testing Necessary?

PAT testing, or Portable Appliance Testing, is a process that is carried out to ensure that electrical devices are safe to use. A visual inspection can often identify surface faults, but a PAT tester is needed to analyse the circuitry inside the device and identify any potential problems.

PAT testing is particularly important for portable devices such as laptops and power tools, as they are more likely to be used in areas where there is a risk of water damage or other potential hazards.

By regularly carrying out PAT testing, businesses can minimise the risk of electrical accidents and ensure that their employees are safe.

Accidents caused by electrical appliances at work can lead to legal issues, and many insurance plans require regular PAT testing to reduce the risk of these injuries and any resulting problems from them.

PAT Testing Guidance

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 stipulate, among other things, that devices must not cause harm to employees, customers and visitors to a workplace, and PAT testing – while not a requirement itself – is the best way to ensure devices will not cause this harm.

With the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) overseeing and recommending activities and processes for organisations to follow, it’s best to follow the guidance they provide.

Point Electrical has a team of qualified electricians who provide a start-to-end service, testing every device in your workplace to make sure they’re safe. You’ll receive an asset register on completion, so you know when the test was done and when to carry out another.

We take care of everything from installing new equipment to maintaining and repairing existing electrical systems.


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