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Who Needs PAT Testing?
'PAT testing' is required by all employers as well as anywhere that involves the general public. Premises such as rented properties, offices, restaurants, hotels, bed & breakfast’s, shops, pubs, garages, construction sites, schools etc. Essentially all commercial locations/everywhere require PAT Testing, except for your own home.
PAT testing is the official/legal method of confirming that electrical equipment is safe to use and fit for its purpose. With records kept this will be required so that in the unfortunate event of an accident or fire, insurance companies have no excuse but to support any claim.
All types of electrical equipment need to be tested.
Tests carried out by DB Electrical.
The tests to be carried out on electrical equipment are as follows:
- Visual Inspection
- Earth Continuity Test
- Insulation Resistance Test
- Touch Current Test
- Load Test
- RCD Tests (where applicable)
- Functional Tests
All of these types of electrical testing procedures are only to be carried out by fully qualified professional engineers/technicians who are permitted to do so. This is because different tests and test voltages apply to different types of equipment, so as to prevent damage to any equipment. It is also required in order to prevent danger to others. At DB Electrical our team will carry out your PAT test safely, and provide you with any relevant advice where necessary.
PAT testing and the Law.
The legislation states, "Electrical equipment is required to be properly maintained so as to prevent danger".
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, puts a duty of care upon both employer and employee to ensure the safety of all persons using the work premises, this also includes the self employed.
The provision and use of work equipment regulations 1998 state ; every employer shall ensure that work equipment is so constructed or adapted as to be suitable for the purpose for which it is used or provided.
The electricity at work regulations 1989 apply to all electrical equipment used in, or associated with, places of work. And it states:
"As May Be Necessary To Prevent Danger All Systems Shall Be Maintained So As To Prevent, So Far As Is Reasonably Practicable, Such Danger".
This is why Portable Appliance Testing 'PAT' was invented. It is the quickest, cheapest and most effective and efficient way ensure every one is kept safe, not only in the workplace, but also as we go about our day to day lives too.