PAT Testing Quote

PAT Testing Quote

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    • The Health & Safety Executive states that 25% of all re-portable electrical accidents involve portable appliances.
    • Current legislation demands that employers ensure portable appliances are safe.
    • Comply with the Electricity At Work Regulations.
    • Prevent risk of fire and injury due to faulty electrical equipment.
    • Insurance companies cannot dispute claims of damage through fire because of insufficient electrical maintenance.
    • Comply with ISO 9000 Quality Assurance Health and Safety requirements.

    Although there is currently no strict legal requirement for PAT testing.

    The Government however has put regulations into place that require the maintenance and safety of electrical appliances, subsequently the most effective way to ensure that these regulations are met is through PAT testing.

    The UK Health and Safety Executive along with insurance companies will expect you to perform PAT testing to ensure that you are compliant with certain regulations including:

    • Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974
    • The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989
    • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations of 1998
    • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations of 1999

    Not complying with the above mentioned regulations can result in fines up to £5,000 and/or six months imprisonment. Fines have been seen to go as high as £20,000 and offences heard in the Crown Court have carried sentences of more than 2 years imprisonment in additional to unlimited financial penalties. So even though PAT testing itself is not legally required, it simply helps you to protect yourself by ensuring that you are complying with these regulations.

    Claims that PAT testing is required by law and that the client is breaking the law by not having it done are simply not true. The law does require however that employers, including self-employed, ensure that all electrical equipment that they provide in their business is safe and properly maintained. This means that PAT testing is a critical part of your company’s health and safety and should be considered part of a solution to your safety concerns.

    PAT testing provides the most effective way to identify defects that can come with use. Faults in electrical equipment pose a potential hazard, particularly if they are not repaired readily. Even though PAT testing itself is not required by law, the consequences of electrical faults should be considered carefully.

    Any appliance that uses a flexible cable or plug and socket qualifies as a portable appliance. In other words, if you have an appliance that has a plug that is intended to be connected to a wall socket or generator, it qualifies as needing to be PAT tested.

    PAT Testing Procedure

    1) Client Liaison :

    • Our engineer will make them self known to the person responsible for Health & Safety at the testing premises.
    • The engineer will liaise with this person with regard to the schedule of testing on the premises.
    • We will always ask when it is appropriate for shutdown of equipment.
    • Any appliances that fail the PAT test will be made known.

    2) Guidelines for Testing :

    • Testing will be carried out under the IEE’s Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing.

    3) Visual Inspection :

    • Flex (cable) – this is inspected for any damage, ensuring it is free from cuts, fraying, splits or stress.
    • Plug – the plug will be opened to ensure that the flexible cable is secure in its anchorage and is correctly wired.
    • The fuse will be checked to the correct rating for the appliance and it is free from any sign of overheating and in physically good condition.
    • The Appliance will be inspected to ensure that it is in good working order, including ensuring that it switches on and off properly and the casing or cabinet has no damage that could result in access to live parts.

    4) Testing :

    • Polarity Test (only carried out on extension cables and supply leads)
    • Earth Continuity Test (only carried out on Class I appliances)
    • Insulation Resistance Test
    • Operational Test
    • Earth Leakage Test
    • Tests on IT equipment are “soft tests” of 200mA on earth continuity.

    5) Labeling :

    • All our Pat Testing Label`s include the following :
    • Appliance ID Test
    • Test Date
    • Retest Date
    • Pass labels are GREEN or BLUE in colour.
    • Fail labels are RED with DO NOT USE Failed Safety Test printed on them and a short reason on why the appliance has failed

    6) Documentation :

    • Our computerized print outs include the following :
    • Asset ID.
    • Make, model, serial number of each appliance tested Asset List Example.
    • Test results PAT Test Result Example.
    • Separate pass and fail reports.
    • We aim to provide these within 2 working days of the completion of testing.
    • Display Certificate – A Certificate for display in the staff room, notice board or reception to advise that the appliances on the premises have been tested for electrical safety.
    • Any documentation will only be provided after full payment has been made.

    When quoting for PAT testing various factors need to be taken into consideration:

    • Your location
    • The category of your site (e.g. construction, school, office, factory, etc.)
    • The number of appliances to test
    • How many engineers are needed to carry out the work
    • Whether time consuming site inductions are required
    • Various other factors

    To put the cost of PAT testing into perspective, please view the following scenario:

    • Your work place has 20 items (1 hours work for a single engineer)
    • Travel 45 minutes each way (1 hour, 30 minutes)
    • 30 minute induction
    • Certificate and paperwork (30 minutes)

    This would give a total of 3 hours, 30 minutes and a travel cost of £10.00 (not including PAT testing labels and other expenses).

    This is all taken into account when giving calculating the PAT testing cost.