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PAT Testing

Portable Appliance Testing is an important part of our Health & Safety policy. On this page we guide you through the legal implications and the technical requirements.

The H&S 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 Operatives to comply with the provisions of the regulations.

pat testingReasonably practicable steps should be taken to ensure that no danger results from the use of portable appliances. This in effect requires the implementation of a regular programme of maintenance, inspection and testing. Cull Dry Lining & Plastering Ltd offer a specialist, efficient and cost effective PAT testing facility.

The level of inspection and testing required is dependent upon the risk of the appliance becoming faulty, which is in turn is dependent upon the type of appliance, the nature of its use and the environment in which it is used.

PAT Testing FAQ:

What is a Portable Appliance?
For the purpose of the legislation, a portable electrical appliance is taken to be an item of equipment which is not part of a fixed installation, but is, or is intended to be, connected to fixed installation, or a generator, by means of a flexible cable, a plug and a socket.

How often do I have items tested?
There is no specific schedule set out. There are however guidelines to help. The frequency of testing depends on the type of equipment and the environment in which it is used. For example a high risk item such as an electric drill should be tested more frequently than a low risk item such as a PC. Essentially it is the responsibility of the employer to assess the risk involved and implement its own programme of testing.

PAT testingCan anyone test items?
No, the legislation states that the person testing the item must be a competent trained person. Cull Dry Lining & Plastering have their own trained PAT Testers.

Is it done during normal working hours?
This type of testing can be executed either during or outside of normal working hours, please contact our office to obtain a quote.

Do we have to unplug the machines?
Yes. In order to electrically test the equipment it needs to be disconnected from the mains and plugged into a testing device. This is how the electrical readings are obtained and a PASS or FAIL status is defined.

How long does it take?
This will obviously depend on the number of appliances which need testing, and how accessible they are. An electric mixer with extension cable for example typically takes between 5 and 10 minutes to test and reconnect etc.

What is the labeling system?
All appliances that are tested regardless if they PASS or FAIL, will be given a unique form of identification. This will normally be in the form of an adhesive bar-coded label indicating an asset number, the test date and retest date plus the initials of the tester. Any appliance that does not have a label, has a failed label attached to it or is past its retest date, should not be used.

Do I have to keep records?
It is viewed as best practice to adopt a register of all Portable Appliance Testing. In this way you are able to demonstrate that you are safely maintaining the equipment. Documentation should include: A Register of all equipment on site, a record of all inspections and tests for each appliance, including the results, a register of repaired items and a register of all faulty/failed equipment.

What does it Cost?
Again this will depend on the type of equipment, its use and where it is to be used. A full quote can be obtained by contacting Willy or Anita on 0151 226 2382 quoting PATWeb99.

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