PAT Test in London

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The way your appliances are tested when having an electrical PAT test will vary depending on the class of the appliance. There are two types of classes that an appliance can be, these are Class I or Class II.

Before your electrical PAT test is carried out, the tester will look at the rating plate of the appliance to identify its Class, Watts & Voltage. If during your electrical PAT test no rating plate is found on the appliance, the appliance will be disposed of.

The Class of an appliance can be identified by a symbol on the rating plate. A Class II appliance will have a double box symbol, whereas a Class I appliance will not display any symbol. It is important for this to be checked before an electrical PAT test.

Class I appliances tend to have large areas of exposed metal for example an electrical fire or a PC. An electrical PAT test for any Class I appliance with exposed metal is highly important because the metal is connected to the earth pin of the mains plug. However in some cases Class I appliances do not have any metal on the outside but like any other appliance an electrical PAT test will still need to be performed.

Class II appliances have two layers of insulation to protect anyone using it from electric shock. Class II appliances are items such as hand held drills or hairdryers.

Some appliances are more prone to danger than others and will require an electrical PAT test more frequently than others. Although all portable appliances are included in an electrical PAT test, testing can be categorised into different types based on how easy it is to move the appliance.

The standard categories for an electrical PAT test are:

- Stationary
– Moveable
– Portable
– Hand-held

When having an electrical PAT test these categories determine how dangerous the appliance can be. Stationary appliances will not be moved, which means that the cable is less likely to be damaged and pose danger. However, hand-held equipment is likely to be damaged more easily because it is more likely to be dropped or the cable could be constantly rubbed against something, causing it to fail an electrical PAT test.

For a FREE Portable Appliance Testing quote or to BOOK NOW, call us FREE on 0208 951 6820 / 03333 200 466 (calls to 033 are charged same as 020 and 01 numbers) or email us info@portableappliance-testing.org.uk
Our knowledgeable and helpful PAT Testing staff will be happy to help with any of your queries or job bookings.

Portable Appliance Testing ensures the safety of all employers, employees and visitors within a business. The process involved with Portable Appliance Testing is quite simple. All electrical appliances will be tested using a Portable Appliance Testing machine, which will determine whether an appliance has passed or failed.

All of our testers have been well trained and are both confident and competent in completing Portable Appliance Testing. It is quite difficult to determine how long Portable Appliance Testing will take, as it mainly depends on how many portable appliances there are.

Portable Appliance Testing has to be performed on any appliance with a power plug which needs to be plugged into a socket and under 18kg. This will includes every thing from kettles, fridges, microwaves, computers, printers to fans. Extension cables/leads will also have to be tested to ensure they are safe to use.

During Portable Appliance Testing, each plug for each appliance will have to be separately plugged into the Portable Appliance Testing machine and a reading recorded onto a Portable Appliance Testing report. The reading will determine whether the appliance is then safe to carry on using.

If an appliance fails during the Portable Appliance Testing, you will be instructed not to carry on using it. A red label will be attached to the appliance displaying that the appliance has failed, and the appliance details will be included in the Portable Appliance Testing report showing that it has failed.

If an appliance passes the Portable Appliance Testing, you can continue to use it without any fear of it not being safe. A green label will be attached to the appliance showing that it has passed a Portable Appliance Testing and all details will be included in the report.

Once your Portable Appliance Testing is complete, you will receive a certificate showing that your business has taken precautionary measures in ensuring the safety of those working and visiting the business’ premises.

A detailed report of the Portable Appliance Testing for your business is not always issued. In some case this is only available upon request from the company’s manager.

For a FREE Portable Appliance Testing quote or to BOOK NOW, call us FREE on 0208 951 6820 / 03333 200 466 (calls to 033 are charged same as 020 and 01 numbers) or email us info@portableappliance-testing.org.uk
Our knowledgeable and helpful PAT Testing staff will be happy to help with any of your queries or job bookings.

PAT testing involves a visual inspection to check the appliance casing and flex for wear and damage and plugs for correct wiring and fuse rating. Then electrical tests will be completed. A pass or fail sticker will be stuck on each appliance and a PAT testing certificate will be issued.

Many employers ask what is PAT testing:
It is not stated by law that PAT testing must be carried out, although it does state that the workplace must be electrically safe. Government guidelines state that PAT testing is the best way to guarantee electrical safety. If an accident were to occur due to a faulty unmaintained appliance you could end up with a hefty fine or even imprisonment, unless you can prove that you have undergone steps to ensure its safety. A PAT testing certificate is the best way to do this.

Many landlords ask us what is PAT testing:
A landlord has obligations to the tenant of ensuring goods are tested before a tenant moves in. They must also uphold regular maintenance of all appliances to guarantee the tenant’s safety is not jeopardised. The cheapest, easiest way to do this is by PAT testing.

Many factory owners/ construction companies ask what is PAT testing:
Portable appliances need to be tested at periodic intervals to measure if their degree of protection is adequate and that they are safe to use and will not cause harm to the company employees. Different appliances require PAT testing more or less frequently. Due to the high risk nature of construction sites/ factories and the volatile, harsh, vigorous environment of these industries and heavy usage of the equipment, they should undergo PAT testing more often than an office.

Many school/ nursery staff ask us what is PAT Testing:

Faulty appliances can cause fires, injury or in worst cases death. So if working in an industry with young children where you have to be hyper vigilant in every aspect it is imperative to ensure that electric safety is maintained. You have to remember during school/ nursery hours you are responsible for the well being of the children. If you have a PAT testing engineer come (at least) annually to test the appliances then you can rest assured that they are in good working order and you have done all you can to eliminate any risks.

For a FREE Portable Appliance Testing quote or to BOOK NOW, call us FREE on 0208 951 6820 / 03333 200 466 (calls to 033 are charged same as 020 and 01 numbers) or email us info@portableappliance-testing.org.uk
Our knowledgeable and helpful PAT Testing staff will be happy to help with any of your queries or job bookings.

Portable Appliance Testing laws are covered by four main Health and Safety legislations. These PAT testing laws are of specific relevance to electrical maintenance, and ensure safety at work. It is imperative that these Portable Appliance Testing laws are followed and checks are made regularly to keep up to date with current changes to any related legislation.

Portable Appliance Testing laws are included in the following legislations:

o Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
o Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
o Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER)1998
o Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999

The Portable Appliance Testing laws which are involved with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 ensures that an inspection is carried out on any electrical equipment in a work environment. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 applies to all electrical equipment used in or associated with places of work.

“As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, such danger”
“‘Electrical Equipment’ includes anything used, intended to be used or installed for use, to generate, provide, transmit, transform, rectify, convert, conduct, distribute, control, store, measure or use electrical energy.”

The PAT test laws which are included in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 state that the premises should be made and kept safe. A PAT test will ensure the building is safe and not posing any dangers. This is the duty of the employer and all employees.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 relate to PAT test laws because this legislation ensures that all health and safety risks are depleted. This legislation states that:

“Every employer shall make suitable and sufficient assessment of:
(a) the risks to employees which exposed to whilst at work, and
(b) the risks to ensure the health and safety of persons not in his employment arising out of or in connection with the conduct by him or his undertaking”

Portable Appliance Testing laws associated with PUWER 1998 ensure preventative measures are taken to cover most risks that can happen in a place of work. PUWER 1998 only applies to work equipment used by workers at work including equipment connected to an electrical energy source.

“Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.”

For a FREE Portable Appliance Testing quote or to BOOK NOW, call us FREE on 0208 951 6820 / 03333 200 466 (calls to 033 are charged same as 020 and 01 numbers) or email us info@portableappliance-testing.org.uk
Our knowledgeable and helpful PAT Testing staff will be happy to help with any of your queries or job bookings.

PAT Testing Prices:

Landlords and Small businesses PAT testing prices:
£39 (Up to 5 appliances)
(Additional items are charged at £2.00 per test)

Small Businesses and HMOs PAT testing prices:
£45 (Up to 20 appliances)
(Additional items are charged at £1.25 per test)

Medium Businesses PAT testing prices:
£79 (Up to 50 appliances)
(Additional items are charged at £0.85 per test)

Large Businesses PAT testing prices:
£199 (Up to 200 appliances)
(Additional items are charged at £0.80 per test)

Warehouses and workshops PAT testing prices:
£499 (Up to 550 appliances)
(Additional items are charged at £0.75 per test)

For 1000+ appliances please call for a quote.

All PAT testing prices are excluding VAT at the current rate of 20%.

Why choose Portable Appliance Testing London:

We replace faulty plugs and fuses free of charge
You will receive a full report and certificate on site
We cover all of London, Greater London, Surrey and surrounding areas
Free pass or fail labels for appliances
Timely reminder when your appliances need retesting
Full visual inspection with a written report
No hidden charges
Qualified and competent engineers
Proven track record
Free no obligation quotes

For a FREE Portable Appliance Testing quote or to BOOK NOW, call us FREE on 0208 951 6820 / 03333 200 466 (calls to 033 are charged same as 020 and 01 numbers) or email us info@portableappliance-testing.org.uk
Our knowledgeable and helpful PAT Testing staff will be happy to help with any of your queries or job bookings.