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Portable Appliance Testing

Portable Appliance Testing, also known as PAT testing, every electrical appliance fitted with a plug should be PAT tested regularly. At Powertest we can help you with your PAT Testing in Haywards Heath and throughout West Sussex.

The Health & Safety Executive states that 25% of all reportable electrical accidents involve portable appliances. The Electricity at Work Regulations place a legal responsibility on employers, employees and self-employed persons to comply with the provisions of the regulations and take reasonably practicable steps to ensure that no danger results from the use of such equipment.

This in effect requires the implementation of a systematic and regular program of maintenance, inspection and testing. The Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) places such an obligation in the following circumstances:

  • Where appliances are used by employees.
  • Where the public may use appliances in establishments such as hospitals, schools, hotels, shops etc.
  • Where appliances are supplied or hired.
  • Where appliances are repaired or serviced.

Specific relevance to electrical maintenance is contained the within Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, the Management of Health & 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.

We won’t bore you with the details however it basically they state that devices/equipment connected to electrical systems (your electrical supply) must be inspected and tested periodically, to ensure that it is safe for its intended use.

How often do I need my appliances tested?

This is a decision to be made by the Duty holder of your establishment. It depends on environment, type of work carried out, the users of the equipment and the equipment type, as laid out in the “Code of Practice for the In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment”. Powertest Ltd can advise and guide all of its customers on the suggested requirements of testing. Powertest Ltd can offer a plan to review your items on a frequency that suits your business needs and complies with current regulations and legal requirements.

Who should do the Testing? Why should you use Powertest?

The IEE Code of Practice states, those carrying out the inspection and testing must be competent to undertake the inspection and, where appropriate, testing of electrical equipment and appliances having due regard of their own safety and that of others. What should be considered is that the 'danger' to be prevented, includes not just the dangers which may arise during the testing procedure to the tester and others, but also the dangers which may arise at a later date as a result of using equipment which has not been effectively tested.

All of our engineers have City and Guilds electrical qualifications to show that they are fully competent to complete your companies testing. Powertest Ltd has been a member of the NICEIC since 1994 with a history of full compliance. We pride ourselves in providing a professional service at all times.

What happens if my appliance fails the tests?

There are numerous reasons why your appliance may fail a test, for e.g. damage to the cable or cracked plug top casing. Powertest aim to complete minor repairs to as many of the failed appliances as possible, all our engineers carry minor spares, such as fuses, plug tops and cable, which enables us to complete a repair at the time of inspection, so the item can be repaired and re tested. Also this saves your business time and money where an additional contractor would need to be arranged to return to complete the job. However some items may fail and be beyond a minor repair in which case we will issue you with a failure report on the day of the visit, and ensure these items are taken out of service, for safety reasons until the customer arranges either repair or disposal.