PAT Test in London

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There are many portable appliance testing (PAT) services in the UK, but not all provide quality services that we do.

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

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

Our portable appliance testing (PAT) 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 in the UK.
The categories for portable appliance testing (PAT) in the UK and what we assess in our portable appliance testing (PAT) services in the UK are:

• Stationary
• Moveable
• Portable
• Hand-held

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

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

Our PAT testing UK companies offer our services to every type of business and our aim is to promote safe working environments all over London. Our PAT testing UK 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 of our PAT testing UK companies business service 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 UK services, an employee of our PAT testing UK 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 UK 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 in the UK is an important sector of health and safety policies which contain legal and technical requirements. The Electricity at Work Regulations apply legal responsibility on employers and employees in order to act accordingly with regulations and take reasonable steps to ensure that no accidents result from the use of a portable appliance, which is why PAT testing in the UK is important. It is imperative that PAT testing in the UK is completed in order to maintain the health and safety at work. Portable appliance tests (PAT) depend on the risk of the appliance becoming faulty.

The National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT) define a portable appliance as “any electrical item which is intended to be moved whilst connected to an electrical supply”. The IEE Code of Practice highlights regulations on which type of test a certain appliance requires because the type of tests carried out varies depending on the size and usage of a portable appliance. A portable appliance which weighs less than 18kg encounter tests ensuring that a portable appliance is able to move from one place to another whilst in use, this includes hair dryers, toasters, laptops etc.

In the formal inspection of PAT testing in the UK there are certain signs to be aware of:

• Disturbance to the power cable sheath
• Wreckage of the mains plug
• Overheating
• Damage to external casing of the equipment, or loose parts and/or screws

The formal PAT testing in the UK procedure should also contain removal of the plug cover and an analysis of:

• The sufficient value fuse being used
• The cord grip has a tight hold of the outer part of the cable
• The Live, Neutral and Earth wires are attached to the correct terminals
• No visible bare wires
• Tight and secure screwing of the terminal screws
• Signs of internal drainage

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