Portable Appliance Testing Specialist
Darlington - County Durham - The North East
What is Portable Appliance Testing a.k.a. PAT testing?
Is Portable Appliance Testing a legal requirement?
What do the Regulations State?
What does a portable appliance testing test consist of?
What types of appliances need testing?
How frequently do my appliances need to be portable appliance tested?
Can I carry out In-house Portable Appliance Testing?
How much do you charge?
Why PATtest4U™ & SOHO IT™ Solutions?
Does Portable Appliance Testing affect our insurance cover?
What areas do you cover?
How long will the portable appliance testing take?
Will the portable appliance testing be disruptive?
Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is an important part of a company's or individual's responsibility to health and safety. This is done using a series of specialised testing procedures on your portable appliances.
Portable Appliance Testing is a statutory requirement and many insurance companies require the insured to comply with all current regulations.
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, states that "As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, such danger" (Regulation 4(2)). "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." (Regulation 2(1)).
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, states that "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." (Regulation 4(1)). This includes all work equipment (fixed, portable or transportable) connected to a source of electrical energy."
We start with a visual inspection checking for:
Then a series of tests (depending on the class of equipment), they may include:
Basically, any type of equipment, which is powered by electrical energy. The IEE Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment states that this Code of Practice covers:
The frequency of testing depends on the type of equipment and the environment in which it is used. The frequencies we recommend are based on the guidelines included in the Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment. ISBN: 0-85296-776-4
Yes, however, you would need to ensure that any person who carries this testing out is competent to do so. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 guidance on Regulation 4(3) state that: "The operation, maintenance and testing of electrical systems and equipment should be carried out only by those person who are competent for the particular class of work." This is covered by the IEE Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment which states: "Those carrying out inspection and testing must be competent to undertake the inspection and, where appropriate, testing of electrical equipment an appliances having due regard to their own safety and that of others.
PATtest4U™ and SOHO IT™ have a basic On-site call out rate with additional appliances based on quantity. For a free, no obligation quote, call us now on 01325352724 or use or quote request from and a we will get in touch with you to discuss your requirements.
We believe that we can offer you, the potential customer, an unrivalled service. We have the ability yo minimise disruption to your day to day operations whilst ensuring that you, and your staff, are working in the safest environment possible.
Insurance companies assume that when giving insurance cover to a business, the owners of that business are complying with all regulations necessary. An insurance company may reduce, delay or even refuse to pay on a claim for damage if an appliance that has not been tested has caused the damage.
We current carry out Portable Appliance Testing across the whole of the North East of England, but concentrate on the A1M corridor from North Yorkshire to Newcastle, covering Northumberland (Blyth Valley, Wansbeck, Castle Morpeth, Tynedale, Alnwick and Berwick-upon-Tweed), Tyne and Wear (Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland), County Durham (City of Durham, Easington, Sedgefield, Teesdale, Wear Valley, Derwentside, Chester-le-Street, Darlington, Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees), and North Yorkshire (Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland). We are based in on the outskirts of Darlington, County Durham.
We can do between 10 and 15 electrical tests per hour, this is dependant on access and availability of the items.
During Portable Appliance Testing we try to minimise any disruption by only disconnecting items as we test them. We can work outside of business hours or at weekends if this helps.
17 August, 2007
If you still have question about Portable Appliance Testing [PAT testing] please call us and one of our staff will be more than willing to assist you.
01 Feb 2011