What is PAT Testing?
PAT testing, otherwise known as Portable Appliance Testing, is the process of visually and electrically testing portable equipment such as power leads, computer equipment etc to ensure that it is safe to use.

Unless you have some form of visual and electrical inspection carried out on a regular basis it is very difficult to prove duty of care to the users of your appliances.

Most defects on electrical appliances can be found by visual inspections. Both single phase and three phase items can be PAT tested. Generally anything that can be moved and has a 3 pin plug.
Why do I need PAT testing?
Health and safety regulations require that all electrical appliances are safe to use. Whilst there is no legal requirement to have PAT testing carried out, it is almost impossible to ensure that all equipment is safe for use.

Having PAT testing carried out regularly provides evidence that you have systems in place to ensure the safety of your equipment which ensures the safety of your staff or users of the portable appliances. PAT testing also provides reduced risks of fires caused by faulty appliances.

We provide computerised PAT test results, automated monitoring and a certificate to make it easy for you to monitor and prove that you are taking every care of your appliances and your staffs safety.
How often do I need PAT testing?
There are currently no regulations that dictate how often you should have your portable appliances PAT tested, they just state that it should be done "regularly".

Some insurance companies or risk assessors will outline how often they require PAT testing to be carried out. Differing items may have shorter or longer periods, i.e a computer lead may require testing every 3 years and a drill used on site may require testing every 3 months.

We generally advise that daily used items such as kettles, microwaves, toasters etc are tested every year, computer equipment every 2 years and site tools more regularly at 3 months.

There is (currently) no right or wrong, it is best to first check your requirements with insurance, risk assessors, site agents etc as expectations may differ.

If in doubt please contact us on 02392 348723
What items need PAT testing?
All items that are 1) portable and/or 2) plug in to a socket should be included in your PAT testing and maintenance schedule.

Take a look at your property and decide what risk items pose, i.e a computer power lead is low risk as it's in a clean environment and doesn't have much human interaction each day. However an electrical chop saw in a warehouse or a vacuum cleaner that is dragged around each day could pose a higher risk and therefore should be consider for more frequent PAT testing.

We can help with PAT testing assessment and advise on requirements to help you comply with health and safety regulations.
What do Walker Electrical Services offer for PAT Testing?
Walker Electrical Services have been carrying out portable appliance testing in Portsmouth & Hampshire as a service to local businesses, schools and houses for the majority of the 30 years that we've been in business.

We offer fully computerised reports and we'll send you a subtle email to remind you when your PAT testing is due for renewal to help you manage your maintenance programme.

We can also tie PAT testing in with other electrical maintenances such as emergency light testing, fixed wiring testing, fire alarm testing and electrical installations.

Our PAT testers are friendly, reliable and qualified for your peace of mind.
What happens if my appliance fails?
In an ideal world everything will pass with no problems, however every now and then we will have to fail an appliance due to damage or internal electrical faults which could lead to fire or injury to personnel.

If we find an item that does not pass a PAT test we will do one of two things, 1) Repair it or 2) Fail the item, label as unsafe and report to you that it requires replacement or further repairs.

If you choose to continue using this appliance you risk injury, death or fires and we strongly recommend that the equipment is removed from use immediately and either disposed of and replaced or correctly repaired.
What are my PAT responsibilities?
PAT testing is very much like an MOT test for your appliances, we can only test it in it's condition at the time of us attending and we will visually and electrically test the item for safety at that time.

Once we leave it is your responsibility to regularly check on your items and implement procedures for your staff to report faulty or damaged equipment.

We will arrange for regular re-tests with you to help you maintain your assets, and we can provide advice and guidance on what to look out for when carrying out general user checks on equipment.


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