Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)
Like the actual electrical wiring regulations, Portable appliance testing (PAT) is not a specific legal requirement, but also like the wiring regulations, it is good practice to insure adherence to health and safety policy, specifically with respect to the Electricity at Work Regulations (1989).
Get your appliance PAT tested to avoid accidents, detect faulty appliances and free yourself from a perilous legal position.
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We provide PAT Services in these areas:
Bromley, Croydon, Greenwich, Bexley, and nearby areas in South London.
Our PAT Testing Cost/Prices
We have rates for small business to large enterprises. If you require PAT testing for more than 1000 items, contact us for a quote.
Prices based on normal working hours and do not include central London or congestion charging areas.
PAT Testing for up to 10 items
£1.95 per test
For 11-100 items
£1.65 per test
For 101-500 items
£1.35 per test
For 501-1000 items
What the PAT Test Involves
There is a visual inspection followed by earth leakage and insulation resistance testing. A pass or fail sticker will be applied along with a serial number that will be logged onto our records. In the event that an item fails will be able to give you an appraisal on whether or not it is economically viable to repair or not. Sometimes it as simple as a damaged plug that just needs replacing. For larger scale PAT testing we can issue a copied folder of all serial numbers tested along with next schedule of inspections and each items test results including a full list of any failed items with an explanation of their failure.
PAT Testing General Advice
Even if your budget does not stretch to professional PAT testing, you should consider the increased risk if the equipment isn’t used correctly, isn’t suitable for the job, or is used in a harsh environment. Not all items require annual inspections and class 2 items that don’t require an earth don’t even need PAT testing. Just using some common sense can help maintain some degree of electrical safety, i.e. Is the lead damaged, is the correct sized fuse in the appliance, is it functioning correctly. Plus even if an appliance has been PAT tested , there is nothing to say it couldn’t have been damaged in the meantime, a visual inspection is always recommended at regular intervals and a PAT sticker should not bread complacency. Things to continually evaluate:
- Is the electrical equipment is being used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions
- Is the equipment suitable for the job
- Has there been any change of circumstances
- Has the user has reported any issues.
- That there are no signs of internal damage, overheating or water damage to the plug
- That the correct fuse is in use and it’s a proper fuse, not a piece of wire, nail etc.
- That the wires including the earth, where fitted, are attached to the correct terminal and the terminal screws are tight
- That the cord grip is holding the outer part (sheath) of the cable tightly
- No bare wire is visible other than at the terminals