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PAT Testing Bolton

As part of our role as electrical contractors, Simat provide comprehensive PAT testing services for commercial and industrial organisations.

PAT – or ‘Portable Appliance Testing’ – is the name given to a process designed to ensure electrical appliances are safe for use. PAT testing goes a long way to ensuring the safety of employees, customers or anyone else who might use an electrical appliance in your premises.

Who needs PAT testing?

Generally, if you are a business or a workplace of any kind you will require PAT testing to be carried out on your electrical appliances.

PAT testing is not required by law, however, it is a legal requirement that you abide by a significant number of health and safety laws in your workplace. PAT testing was developed as a useful way to ensure you meet these significant workplace regulations, including:

  • The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974)
  • The Electricity at Work Regulations (1989)
  • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (1998)
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999)

In short – PAT testing ticks a lot of legal boxes if you’re a business or workplace.

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What does PAT testing involve?

Each of your portable appliances will be subject first to a visual inspection. Beyond that, an electrician carrying out PAT testing will check the earthing continuity, insulation, lead polarity and other aspects of electrical safety.

When complete, the tester will either certify your appliance as safe and label it appropriately – or they will recommend work required to make that appliance safe.

The process is generally quick – meaning you’re not disrupted for any significant period of time.

How often should PAT testing be done?

There is no figure required by law around how frequently PAT testing should be done, only that any testing done is regular enough to provide preventative maintenance – although most organisations have an annual schedule for testing.

In our experience, there are a few factors that can impact the frequency with which you test, they include:

  • The type of equipment that’s being tested
  • The nature of your workplace environment
  • Observations of equipment made by employees and users
  • The amount of use any specific appliance experiences

Some examples:

  • Handheld appliances used frequently in an office workplace are more likely to be experience the wear and tear that could result in an electrical issue – therefore, guidelines would suggest that a 12 month schedule is appropriate.
  • In construction settings it is recommended that all 110V equipment should be tested every 3 months, owing to the nature of the environment and the use of the appliances.
  • In commercial setting, particularly those with kitchens, it is recommended that portable and handheld equipment is tested every 6 months.

While guidelines are helpful, we recommend having a qualified electrician discuss your specific working environment and make recommendations based on keeping you, your staff, your customers and your business safe.

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Who can do a PAT test?

PAT testing can be done by anyone deemed competent to do so – in fact, some organisations have an internal member of staff who is trained to carry out PAT testing.

However, most organisations choose to use an approved electrical contractor for their PAT testing needs. In doing so, you ensure your electrical appliances – and the safety of those who use them – is in the hands of someone with up to the minute working industry knowledge.

As well as the appropriate level of competence, PAT testing requires specialist equipment – and should any issues be identified, they will require the attention of a electrical engineer with the appropriate accreditations to rectify. For these reasons, it often makes sense to keep all your PAT testing requirements with one professional and well managed team.

Contacting Simat for PAT testing

If you have a PAT testing requirement, no matter how large or small, our team will be able to help. For a professional and friendly chat about PAT testing in your workplace, feel free to call us on 01204 400 696 – or email us directly at info@simatelectrical.co.uk

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