PAT Test in London

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Many people wonder whether PAT testing is a legal requirement and with many people debating whether this is true or not it has lead to some confusion. There is also confusion with Landlords and whether or not it is a legal requirement to have a PAT test carried out for the property.

Is PAT testing a legal requirement for businesses?
Yes.

Why is PAT testing a legal requirement for businesses?
It is a legal requirement for businesses to have regular PAT tests completed to ensure they are following all Health and Safety laws and regulations. This will then ensure that all employers, employees and visitors are in a safe environment. Without a complete up-to-date PAT test you may not be able to insure your business. Depending on the type of business PAT tests may have to be performed more regularly than others.

Is PAT testing a legal requirement for Landlords?
Yes.

Why is PAT testing a legal requirement for Landlords?
It is a legal requirement for Landlords to have a PAT test carried out before the property being rented out is inhabited. If you are a Landlord and you choose to rent out your property through an Estate Agent, they will require you to have a PAT test completed before they advertise your property. It is also important to have regular PAT tests once you have tenants living in the property to ensure their safety.

PAT testing is a legal requirement and it is against the law for businesses and landlords to not have a PAT test completed regularly. PAT testing ensures a high percentage of safety for employers, employees and tenants which is why it is so important. By not having regular PAT tests carried out, you are not only putting lives at risk but you are also breaking Health and Safety laws.

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Many people wonder how to PAT test or what is involved in a pat test. The truth is depending on what type of business you own, this can vary, although the main concept of a PAT test is the same regardless. It is important for businesses to have PAT tests completed regularly to ensure the business is obeying all current Health and Safety laws.

How to PAT test for Landlords
PAT testing for Landlords is essential before being able to let/rent out a property. A PAT test will act as evidence that the appliances in the property are safe for the tenants to use. PAT testing for landlords should be completed regularly and not just before a new tenant moves in. Appliances that will need to be tested will include kettles, microwaves, toasters, vacuum cleaners, televisions etc.

How to PAT test for Schools
PAT testing for schools is highly important as there are many lives that could be at risk of electrical hazards. As schools have a reasonability to ensure the safety of its pupils, this means that maximum safety regulations are followed. Due to the size of most schools, a thorough PAT test will usually take a few days to complete. Appliances that will need to be tested will include computers, printers, kitchen equipment, fans etc.

How to PAT test for Offices
PAT testing for offices is pretty straightforward. Most offices will have their PAT test completed in one day, however with bigger offices this can vary. Appliances that will need to be tested will include computers, printers, photocopying machines, scanners etc.

How to PAT test for Salons
PAT testing in salons is important not only for the staff’s safety but just as much for the clients. In places such as hairdressers, electrical appliances are used all the time which is why it is so important to have a PAT test for businesses like these. Appliances that will need to be tested will include hairdryers, straighteners, curling tongs, kettles etc.

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In this time of recession, many people are often looking for cheaper services, and businesses are no different. Due to health and safety laws taking over, there is a constant pressure for businesses to fulfil their duties to ensure a safe working environment.

Cheap PAT testing is becoming a constant demand within businesses all over the UK due to business owners wanting to pass unexpected health and safety inspections.

As testers do not need to be qualified but only trained to a ‘competent’ level, some businesses have in-house members of staff which have taken advantage of cheap PAT testing training available. However PAT testing equipment isn’t so cheap, which is why many businesses do not invest in training a member of their staff.

People generally tend to think that because it is a cheap PAT testing service that is being offered, they will receive a very basic service. Not with Portable Appliance Testing London. We treat all of out clients with an ‘A’ class service regardless of the price tag.

Not only does Portable Appliance Testing London offer cheap PAT testing to businesses and clients, we also believe in thoroughly completing a job. Through offering cheap PAT testing to all of our clients, we have been able to build up a highly valued reputation.

At Portable Appliance Testing London we ensure that all of our testers attend on-going training to ensure they provide our customers with the highest quality of service.

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
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There are many PAT testing services, but not all provide quality services that we do at Portable Appliance Testing.

Portable appliance testing (PAT) companies test electrical appliances depending on the class of the appliance. There are two types of classes our portable appliance testing (PAT) companies inspect; these are Class I or Class II.

Our PAT testing services will look at the rating plate of the appliance to identify its class, watt and voltage. While PAT testing if there is no rating plate is found on the appliance, the appliance will be disposed of.

Our PAT testing services will identify the class of an appliance through 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 PAT testing.

Class I appliances tend to have large areas of exposed metal for example an electrical fire or a PC. PAT testing services for any Class I appliance with exposed metal is highly important because the metal is connected to the earth pin of the mains plug. 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. Our PAT testing services ensure that both of these Classes are safe to use. Some appliances are more prone to danger than others and will require PAT testing more frequently than others.

The categories for PAT testing services and what we assess in our PAT testing services are:

  • Stationary
  • Moveable
  • Portable
  • Hand-held

PAT testing services 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 because it is more likely to be dropped or the cable could be constantly rubbed against something, causing it to fail PAT testing.

Our PAT testing services ensure that your business is following all mandatory health and safety regulations and the code of practice issued by IEE.

Our PAT testing companies offer services to every type of business and our aim is to promote safe working environments all over London. Our PAT testing business engineer will at first inspect all electrical appliances. This includes all visual inspections; an important sector that our portable appliance testing (PAT) companies provide.

The next procedure PAT testing services is to test all of the electrical appliances individually. We will use a small machine which will tell us whether your appliance has passed or failed the test. A label will be placed on each of the plugs or the cable of the appliance which will state whether the appliance has passed or failed.

Once we have completed our PAT testing services, an employee of our PAT testing company will then issue you with the appropriate documentation. This will include a written report and a test certificate. The written report will give details of the inspection and state which appliances passed and failed. Our PAT testing services offer services to other types of companies. Prices vary depending on the number of electrical appliances in the premises and the accessibility to these appliances.

PAT testing certificates are issued after the completion of portable appliance testing; the importance of owning PAT testing certificates is that it maximises safety and protection, as well as complying with health and safety regulations because in the case of a claim PAT testing certificates are proof that the responsible person took necessary procedures to ensure safety. It is advised that properties/businesses obtain a PAT testing certificate because certificates are proof that PAT testing has successfully been completed in the property. PAT testing certificates are typically thorough and includes a detailed report stating which appliances, if any, have failed and/or passed (results).

PAT testing certificates are only to be offered by an approved NICEIC/ECA registered contractor who is “competent”, this means as well as obtaining a City and Guilds 2377 qualification the engineer should regularly carry out this type of work, thus being able to produce accurate results in PAT testing certificates which result in maximum safety of the property.

PAT testing certificates consist of details of the inspection which include:

• The name and address of where the PAT test was completed.
• The name and address of the PAT test engineer, or, his/hers companies name and address.
• The PAT test expiry date which is usually six or twelve months.
• An authorised signature

PAT testing certificates do not include details of individual appliances tested, this may only be included in the PAT test detailed report, which is not always issued, and this can be requested.

PAT testing certificates are an official paper of proof that shows whether the property being tested is safe. Labels are also attached to each appliance to show whether the appliance has failed or passed PAT testing, although these are not as important as obtaining PAT testing certificates.

Along with PAT testing certificates there should generally be a written report detailing all failed appliances and advice on what action should be taken in order for the property to pass PAT testing. The risk of not completing PAT testing or presenting recent PAT testing certificates is that the property’s insurance could be void and any accidents or injuries could result in suing of the property owner.